Water fronts required for use by the City of New York are acquired as follows: The Commissioner of Docks, under Section 822 of the Charter, is empowered, with the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, to designate and acquire title to docks, water fronts and all wharf property for the needs of the city. He is also empowered to purchase at private sale any of the properties required, and if this cannot be done, to institute the usual proceedings to acquire same in condemnation.

When there is a public necessity for a bridge improvement, the Commissioner of Bridges designates the property to be acquired. Then, with the recommendation of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the Commissioners are appointed in the same way.