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East River Waterfront Esplanade South



East River, Manhattan.


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Open 6am-midnight.


The pathways and esplanade are wheelchair accessible.


New York City Economic Development Corporation, 212-619-5000.


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East River Waterfront Esplanade South

A public waterfront space in Lower Manhattan

The East River Waterfront Esplanade (ERW) project is revitalizing the two-mile long public open space between the Battery Maritime Building (at Broad Street) and Montgomery Street. The area between Wall Street and Maiden Lane is now open to the public and includes bar and lounge seating, plantings, a look-out, and a new dog run.

Focused on public enjoyment, sustainability, and community recreation, the two-phase plan for the ERW will build and renovate sections of the esplanade to connect the Manhattan Greenway and create a continuous bikeway. The park will improve waterfront access, enhance accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists, and create public amenities. The new esplanade will also improve the quality of life for local residents, workers and visitors who will enjoy new communal space, facilities, and programming.

Attractions near the Esplanade include the South Street Seaport, a major dining and retail destination at Fulton Street and Pier 17, and the Battery Maritime Building, the ferry departure hub for Governors Island.

When completed, the Esplanade will include:

  • Open space amenities for communities currently underserved by the City's parks
  • Basic infrastructure improvements to support new waterfront and community activities
  • Piers designed for public use and habitat restoration
  • Recreation access to the area around the Battery Maritime Building
  • Continuous bikeway/walkway along the waterfront connecting to the Manhattan Greenway
  • Nonprofit educational spaces
  • Recreational/sports facilities with equipment available for rental
  • Sustainable building materials, lighting, plants, and irrigation

Things to Do


Scenic views, walks, biking, jogging, dog run.