Community Links

Following are links to a variety of organizations committed to local, regional, and national natural and historic resource issues.

NYC Government Agencies

For links to all NYC government agencies and offices, go to the city’s home page, and go to the NYC Resources Tab.


Center for Urban Research

The Center for Urban Research organizes basic research on the critical issues that face New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad, collaborates with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other partners to help them understand how to respond to the challenges they face, and informs the media, opinion-shapers, and the public about urban research at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).  Our website provides access to dynamic maps, data sets, and research findings about New York City and other metropolitan centers.

Municipal Art Society

The Municipal Art Society is a private, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote a more livable city. Since 1893, the MAS has worked to enrich the culture, neighborhoods and physical design of New York City.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The NRDC uses law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

Neighborhood Open Space Coalition (NOSC)

Neighborhood Open Space Coalition (founded in 1981) is dedicated to improving New York life by expanding and enhancing its infrastructure for public health: parks, waterfronts, community gardens and open spaces, through advocacy, research, education, and planning.

The Neighborhood Preservation Center

The Center endeavors to support the numerous organizations concerned with the city’s multifaceted environment, and to facilitate the public’s access to these organizations.

New Yorkers for Parks

NY4P works to raise awareness of the importance of parks to communities, and affect changes to the parks system to promote a higher level of park service in every community.


Riverkeeper safeguards the ecological integrity of the Hudson River, its tributaries and the watershed of New York City (protecting the city’s drinking water supply) by tracking down and stopping polluters.

The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Wild Metro

Through research and education, Wild Metro works to protect nature where we live.

Bicycling in NYC

New York City Cycling Map

Includes links to the NYC Cycling Map, bridge maps, rules for bikes on mass transit, cycling organizations, and more.

Department of City Planning Bicycling and Greenway Page

Includes links to numerous studies and plans by the Department of City Planning and information on the Bicycle Network Development program, a joint program of the NYC Departments of City Planning, Transportation, and Parks and Recreation.

City Department of Transportation Bicycling Page

Includes updates on DOT projects related to bicycling, on helmets, free bike racks, and more.

East Coast Greenway

The East Coast Greenway will run from Maine to Florida.  Click the Maps and Publications page for New York maps, read updates on trail development, and more.

Planning and Zoning

NYC Department of City Planning

Information on zoning, land use planning studies, city statistics and much more

American Planning Association, NY Metro Chapter

American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter

Regional Plan Association

The RPA is an independent, not-for-profit regional planning organization that improves the quality of life and the economic competitiveness of the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning, and advocacy. For more than 80 years, RPA has been shaping transportation systems, protecting open spaces, and promoting better community design for the region’s continued growth.

PlaNYC 2030

Initiated by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg in December 2006, PlaNYC 2030 will be a long-range (25-year) strategic plan to meet the demands of increasing population and ageing infrastructure in New York City.  The newly-created Office of Long-term and Strategic Planning is within the Mayor’s Office of Operations.

Historic Preservation

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Includes information on properties and historic districts landmarked by the Commission, regulations for owners of historic properties, and more

Bronx Historical Society

New-York Historical Society

National Park Service – National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s listing of historic sites determined eligible for protection.  Regulations governing listing and alterations to properties are different than those of the city Landmarks Preservation Commission.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities.

NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

The SHPO regulates landmarks designated by the state and provides a great deal of technical assistance for property owners related to techniques, materials, grants and tax abatements.  Frequently, federal and state landmarking are simultaneous.