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?

On January 28 2019, the Land Use & Waterfront Committee heard a update from the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) regarding the upcoming public review process for the East Side Coastal Resiliency project (ESCR). Click here to view that presentation.

The New York City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation jointly with the Committee on Environmental Protection held a hearing on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Committee Room, City Hall on the status of the East Coast Resiliency Project.

In order to seek CB6’s input and support for their upcoming appearance before the Public Design Commission, 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 10 ft. tall flood wall 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 opposing ESCR’s plans for Asser Levy Park.

The ESCR project was presented, without a vote, at the Public Design Commission’s morning committee meeting on April 16, 2018.

After several months of no news, the project announced significant changes to its plans for Project Area 1 (the CD3 portion). ESCR held two meetings on December 10, 2018 and December 11, 2018 to present the updated plans to the community. Click here to view the flyer. Click here to view the presentation from the December 11, 2018 meeting.

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.