Harlem River Greenway Link Study

New York City

The Harlem Greenway Link, a seven-acre waterfront parcel between 125th and 132nd Streets in East Harlem, will create new parkland for a historically underserved and flood-prone district of Manhattan. Starr Whitehouse was retained by NYC Parks to lead an interdisciplinary consultant team and create a concept plan that completes a major segment of the... Continue Reading

The Harlem Greenway Link, a seven-acre waterfront parcel between 125th and 132nd Streets in East Harlem, will create new parkland for a historically underserved and flood-prone district of Manhattan. Starr Whitehouse was retained by NYC Parks to lead an interdisciplinary consultant team and create a concept plan that completes a major segment of the Manhattan Greenway and reintegrates the waterfront into East Harlem. The result of a series of six community-based workshops, meetings, and mobile engagement events, the study identifies recreational, programming, and environmental opportunities within the project area that will restore the waterfront as a community asset and advance it as a resource for education on urban ecology. The project team adapted the community’s priorities into a cohesive final concept that links disconnected nodes in the Greenway, provides safe waterfront access, creates park spaces for all ages and abilities, and enhances the site’s environmental benefits. Spanning the length of the site, separate bike and pedestrian pathways weave through active and passive recreation areas, including youth athletic areas and public art installation spaces, ambulatory meadows planted with native maritime flora, and a dog run. The living shoreline feature provides habitat for marine plant and animal species, softening the park’s concrete edge. A model of participatory planning and empathetic design, the Harlem Greenway Link transforms this previously inaccessible site into an ecological and recreational resource.