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 November 14, 2016, the community was invited to a public meeting to provide input on the Asser Levy and Murphy’s Brother’s Playgrounds, which will be redesigned as part of the ESCR project. The goal is to integrate flood protection infrastructure into the parks as unobtrusively as possible and to make the playgrounds more attractive and useful to the community. On November 28, 2016, the public was invited to a meeting to receive an update from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) on ESCR more generally, with specific emphasis on the project’s proposals for our district. If you missed the meetings, you can view the presentations on the ESCR project’s website. The next ESCR Task Force meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt Street.