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. The most recent ESCR Task Force meeting took place on January 31, 2017. A second public input meeting regarding Asser Levy and Murphy’s Brother’s Playgrounds took place on February 16, 2017.
The City of New York is the recipient of a federal Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). As a requirement of the CDBG-DR, the City of New York must amend its Action Plan for ESCR in order to further describe how the City will use its federal funds to support Hurricane Sandy recovery and make the City more resilient to the effects of climate change. A public hearing regarding the amendment of the ESCR Action Plan was held on April 4th.
If you missed any of these meetings, you can view the presentations on the ESCR project’s website.
The next ESCR Task Force Meeting will be on Tue, June 20, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 8 PM at Beth Israel Hospital, Podell Auditorium (Ground Floor) at 9 Nathan D. Perlman Place (Between 15th & 16th Streets, east of 2nd Ave).