Thinking Differently About Living in Cities

Tom Fox has spent a lifetime developing innovative projects, facilitating public-private partnerships, shaping public policy and spearheading efforts to revitalize abandoned waterfronts, protect nature and reclaim vacant land in the city.

He has received numerous awards from professional, civic and environmental organizations, a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College and a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Graduate students at Columbia University’s School of Journalism produced this six-minute profile of his work.


An author, opinions columnist, and photographer, Tom has produced and managed special events, demonstrations, rallies and concerts in support of urban open spaces. Through research, planning, advocacy, writing and entrepreneurship, he’s galvanized public, private, philanthropic and media support of projects that create and enhance open spaces in neighborhoods where it’s critically needed, preserve nature and enhance the economy, sustainability and livability of cities. He is fortunate to have participated in a world-wide environmental movement and helped realize a more sustainable future for New York City.

Selected Awards and Appointments


2017  Conservation Achievement Award, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

2013  Mediterranean Award for the Environment, Fondazione Mediterraneo, Naples, Italy

2010  President, InterFerry

2009  US Merchant Marine Outstanding Achievement Medal (Flight 1549 rescue in the Hudson River)

2001-2004  Faculty Member, American Planning Association – City Park Forum

2000  Certificate of Appreciation, New York City, Office of the Mayor

1999  Certificate of Appreciation, Gateway National Recreation Area

1996-1998  Technical Advisory Committee, West Midtown Transit Improvement Study

1995  Certificate of Appreciation, Secretary of Defense

1992-1994  Advisory Committee, New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan

1991  Finalist, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence 

1990  Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects

1989  President’s Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter

1989  Grassroots Activist Award, New York City Audubon Society

1988-1990  West Side Waterfront Panel, Gubernatorial Appointee

1988-1989  Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies

1987-1989  NYS Urban Cultural Parks Advisory Council

1986-1987  West Side Task Force, Gubernatorial Appointee

1982-1987  NYC Open Space Task Force, Executive Committee, Mayoral Appointee



Selected Board Memberships



Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center,  Advisory Board

Hudson River Park Advisory Council, Member

InterFerry, Honorary Board Member

Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, Board Member


2015-2017  Riverside Marine BC Ltd., North American Director

2001-2011  New York Water Taxi, President and CEO

2007-2011  Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Board Member

2006-2011  Harbor Safety, Navigation and Operations Committee’s, Co-Chair Passenger Vessels

2002 – 2005  NYC 2012, Environmental Committee

1998-2011  Friends of the Hudson River Park, Board Member

1990-2015  State Council on Waterways, Board Member

1996-1998  Hudson River Park Alliance, Executive Committee

1995-1999  New York City Nonprofit Coordinating Committee, Board Member

1990-1996  Brooklyn Sports Foundation, Board Member

1990-1994  Vietnam Veterans of America, Manhattan Chapter 126, Vice President

1988-1992  Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition, Founding Co-chair

1988-1991  Flushing Meadow Corona Park Corporation, Board Member

1986-1989  Friends of Gateway NRA, President

1984-1986  American Community Gardening Association, Vice President

1983-1985  Northeast Organic Farmers Association (N0FA-NY), Board Member

1977-1979  Green Guerillas, Vice President