Encircling New York Harbor by way of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the cities of Bayonne, Jersey City, and Hoboken, NJ, the Harbor Ring is an ambitious transportation and recreation project for the greater New York metropolitan area.
The 50-mile Harbor Ring route integrates more than 28 miles of existing shared use paths and bikeways, including significant portions of the Brooklyn Greenway, a regional section of the East Coast Greenway, the pathway over the Bayonne Bridge, the Hudson River Walkway, Hudson River Greenway, and the East River Esplanade. Also, the route includes more than 20 miles of bicycle-friendly-streets. While much of the route already exists, many sections are missing dedicated bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure.
The Harbor Ring provides stunning views of the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Jersey City Skyline, Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Verrazano Bridge, Ellis Island, and Newark Bay, all the while connecting residents and visitors to New York and New Jersey’s spectacular, but often underutilized waterfront. The route passes through numerous vibrant business districts, including DUMBO, the Columbia Street Waterfront, Battery Park City, Staten Island’s Bay Street, Jersey City’s Ocean Avenue, Downtown Jersey City, and Downtown Hoboken. Further, the Harbor Ring route connects to and passes some of the region’s most historic landmarks, 48 parks, and regional destinations, including:
One World Trade Center | 9/11 Memorial | Battery Park | Brooklyn, Manhattan, Verrazzano, and Bayonne Bridges |Brooklyn Bridge Park |Fort Hamilton |Owl’s Head Park |Fort Wadsworth at Gateway National Recreation Area |Staten Island Ferry Terminal |Richmond County Bank Ballpark (home of the Staten Island Yankees) |Snug Harbor Cultural Center |Stephen R. Gregg Bayonne Park |Liberty State Park
When completed, the Harbor Ring will not only offer unprecedented recreational opportunities, it will also continue to establish the region as one of the nation’s most bike-friendly. The Harbor Ring will spur tourism in underserved neighborhoods around the region and will make the metropolitan area an even more attractive destination.