The Harlem River is a tidal straight that flows 8-miles between the Hudson and East Rivers, separating Manhattan and the Bronx. The river passes throughout some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods, but historically its waterfront has been largely fragmented by industry and transportation infrastructure, cutting off access to the surrounding communities. In recent years, a coalition of community groups and organizations have advocated for projects that improve the equity and ecology of the river and its waterfront. It is now transforming into a community asset, with a system of projects popping up along the Manhattan and Bronx shorelines, improving public access to this vital piece of open space.
This panel includes designers, community groups, developers and environmental justice advocates who will present their experiences working for and on projects that are continuing to transform the Harlem River. After the short panel, attendees will break into round table discussions, where they will have the opportunity to voice their own experiences and views about the future of the Harlem River to contribute to NYC’s Next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan for 2020-2030.