Name a NYC Ferry after Wilbur "Bill" Woods
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In recognition of his seminal contributions, the undersigned urge the City to name a ferry boat in honor of Wilbur (Bill) Woods as a lasting testament to the great debt our city owes to his foresight and decades-long dedication as a public servant.
Wilbur L. (Bill) Woods (1938 – 2017) was an architect and urban planner who worked in the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) from 1972 to 2011, first as a Senior Planner in the Queens office (1972-74), then as Director for both the Staten Island office (1974-76) and the Brooklyn office (1977-89). In 1989, Mr. Woods presciently led DCP in the creation of the Waterfront & Open Space Planning division and became its first Director, a position in which he remained until his retirement in 2011.
In that role, he set New York City on the path toward reclamation of its then-declining waterfront. He developed the strategy and the authored the pivotal studies that became the first Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, a sweeping proposal that was adopted into zoning in 1993 to improve waterfront access and water quality, promote development, and support the maritime industry along the City’s 520-mile shoreline. He pushed the City to take the bold step of turning the former Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island into a vast park, and led an international design competition to select James Corner Field Operations to design the master plan. He also guided many of the ideas for the second Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, Vision 2020, before he retired. He received numerous awards including the Rita Barrish Award bestowed by DCP for long-term achievement.
New York City now has access to one of its greatest assets due to Bill’s vision and unceasing efforts.
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