Coastal Resiliency

East Side Coastal Resiliency

What is this project?
The East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project is an initiative, jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of New York, which seeks to protect Community Districts 6 (CD6) and 3 (CD3) from flooding due to storm surge and future sea level rise. ESCR proposes to design and build a system of levees, flood walls, and deployable gates along Manhattan’s eastern shore from East 25th Street in CD6 to Montgomery Street in CD3.

What has been happening lately?
ESCR is preparing to appear before the Public Design Commission regarding the designs for their project. In order to seek CB6’s input and support, ESCR appeared before the Land Use & Waterfront Committee on March 26,  2018 and presented an update. Their presentation can be viewed here.

Of particular concern is ESCR’s plan to construct a 9 ft. tall flood wall right down the middle of Asser Levy Playground in order to connect to the VA Hospital’s existing floodwall.

At its April 11, 2018 Full Board meeting, CB6 passed this resolution on ESCR’s design. The ESCR project was presented, without a vote, at the Public Design Commission’s morning committee meeting on April 16, 2018. When available, those meeting minutes will be posted on the PDC website.

Please consult CB6’s meeting calendar for the latest details on future meetings. If you missed any of the previous ESCR Taskforce Meetings, you can view the presentations on the ESCR project’s website.