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New York Committee for the East Coast Greenway

East Coast Greenway New YorkThe New York Committee for the ECG consists of volunteers who coordinate route selection and undertake our advocacy efforts to move the Greenway ahead in New York. By building support and partnerships with citizens, public agencies and organizations at the local and state levels, the New York Committee is helping to get the ECG on the ground, mile by mile. Stay up-to-date on the latest NY events and news! Send an email to to be added to the New York e-news list. Current Committee Goals, Committee Resources, Support the Effort in New York, and Contact Information.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016, 4 to 6 PM (snow date: January 28):  NY ECG State Committee meeting, NYC Parks Dept. “Arsenal West,” 24 W. 61st St., Manhattan. We’ll brag about what a great year we’ve had, learn about local developments, and make plans for 2016. We’ll also:

  • Consider our activities as an example of citizen-led partnerships advocating for large-scale urban projects with visiting scholar, Artur Jerzy Filip, from Warsaw, Poland. Artur is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, who wants to learn about the ECGA (among others organizations) for his Ph.D. Jackson Wandres of RBA Group will moderate the discussion.
  • Enjoy a slide-show of Gotham Bike Tours’ East Coast Greenway Winery Experience Tour from September 2015. Bob Ehrenbeck of Garwood, NJ, was one of the happy camper-cyclists and will narrate.
  • Get an update on the Gap Analysis study, which aims to identify needed improvements to our route through NYC.

Reception to follow at nearby apartment. To RSVP for the reception please email or call (212) 262-6880 so we’ll have enough to eat and drink as we continue our discussions and socializing. The reception location will be provided to those attending.


Shorewalkers aims to enhance and enjoy the pathways along the waters in and around New York City. Its numerous walks are often on the East Coast Greenway. For its Walk Calendar:


Look for more coming in the spring of 2016.


Every day: Bike New York  

New York Committee News:

Congratulations to NYC Parks and the Bronx River Alliance for being awarded a TIGER grant.

NYC Parks, in collaboration with the Bronx River Alliance, submitted the successful proposal which will close the Greenway’s most critical gap, a three-quarter mile segment in the South Bronx. The federal funding will go towards the construction of two bicycle/pedestrian bridges and approximately 0.75 miles of pathway between Concrete Plant and Starlight Parks. It will open the Greenway to thousands of South Bronx residents and complete 1.8 miles of contiguous off-street trail from Bruckner Boulevard and E. 177th Street, providing easy access to the full Bronx River Greenway system.

This award will be matched by funding from Mayor de Blasio, New York State Department of Transportation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation/Department of the Interior Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant program, and funding allocated by NY State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Spotlight: Trustee Brandon Douglass
brandon douglass

Brandon is a corporate finance attorney who works for Covenant Review LLC, a financial research firm. Outside of work, Brandon spends a lot of time participating in fitness-oriented challenges such as Spartan races, the Urbanatholon, half marathons, and Savage runs as he enjoy pushing his body as hard as his mind. It is this pursuit of health and his active lifestyle has joined the ECGA’s Board of Trustees. Brandon truly believes that by providing an outlet such as the East Coast Greenway, we can begin to address and combat the obesity crisis that is prevalent in American society today, especially in our youth.  We are excited to be working with you Brandon!

New York Committee The New York Committee consists of volunteers who dedicated their time and resources to advocate for the creation of local trails in New York. You to can help the Committee by volunteering your time, becoming a member or sponsoring a mile of trail. Recent accomplishments of the New York Committee include:

  • Actively supported a UN-land-swap plan that will (among other things) fund construction along the East River of a greenway to close the gap between E. 38th and E. 60th Streets. Advocated for parking-protected bicycle lanes on First/Second Avenues, Manhattan, to provide safe cycling in the interim.
  • Worked with NYC Department of Parks to blaze 9.5 miles of our route through parkland in the Bronx with our distinctive ECG route marker.
  • Successfully advocated for the placement of sharrow type pavement markings along portions of the ECG route in the Bronx.
  • With BWAWP, led the successful effort to pass “Merrill’s Law” requiring motorists in New York State to pass cyclists “at a safe distance.”
  • Persuaded NY State DOT to do a feasibility study of a bike/pedestrian pathway in the Hutchinson River Parkway right-of-way that would link the planned Merritt Parkway Trail in CT with White Plains and the Bronx River Pathway.
  • Supported White Plains efforts to implement bicycle facilities.
  • Persuaded the NYC Department of Transportation to mark the ECG route in NYC and NJ on its annually updated, free NYC Cycling Map.

The New York Committee currently needs volunteers to:

  • Write support letters to their public officials for various projects
  • Represent the ECG at events
Sponsor a Mile of the ECG in New York

Mile sponsors will have their inscriptions posted on our website and eventually posted in a kiosk along the route in New York. Learn more.

Become a member of the ECGA

Your membership dues support our advocacy work in New York!

Contact Information:

ECGA Mid-Atlantic Trail Coordinator: Andy Hamilton: 267-236-3407

Co-Chair: Elizabeth Brody: 212-262-6880

Co-Chair: Carl Podwoski:

State Committee Technical Advisor for Route Planning and Design: Jackson Wandres: (212) 741-8090 x103 718-430-4635 State Committee ,  Staten Island Coordinator: Robert DeBiase Bronx Coordinator: Claudia Ibaven, Greenway Director, Bronx River Alliance: 718-430-4618. Westchester Coordinator: Duff Bailey, Executive Director, Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester & Putnam: 914-263-5034   << To ConnecticutTo New Jersey >>

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