New York City Waters, 2022
Today, whenever we think of the Big Apple, we see skyscrapers and large avenues – but it hasn’t always been the case.
New York is, above all, a city of water. Lined with more than 800km by the Atlantic Ocean, this former coastal city has a rich and diverse maritime history. Over the years, industrialization and the pervasive influence of man has polluted the waterways and driven marine animals and birds away from the coast. However, today, the city’s inhabitants are slowly returning to the sea.
The challenge the city faces is to create infrastructure that allows for safer and more sustainable access to the water’s edge, so that tourists and residents alike can continue to enjoy New York’s shores without disturbing the species that share them. A number of initiatives and activities aiming to encourage and promote maritime access for New Yorkers have emerged, including swimming, fishing, kayaking, and whale watching. Through these images, Ismail Ferdous highlights the renewed interest of New Yorkers for their city’s coastline.