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FDR Drive Tear-Down and Manhattan Land Extension Eyed in Downtown Flood Plan

A higher waterfront and a lower highway may be on tap for Lower Manhattan. The city has a new proposal for protecting the Financial District and Seaport from future flooding: extending the eastern edge of Manhattan’s tip by up to 188 feet — while raising the shoreline and possibly taking down the elevated FDR Drive […]

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De Blasio’s $1 Million Flood Plan Shelved and Hidden From High-Risk East Harlem

East Harlem escaped Superstorm Sandy relatively unscathed because of luck, timing — and the moon. Had the tides been slightly different when the storm hit in October of 2012, the low-lying neighborhood would have been inundated, according to flood researchers. Just a six-hour shift, a recent analysis confirms, would have brought fast-moving water in with […]

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit, Paving Way for Burial and Rebuilding of East River Park

The path’s been cleared for a huge burial — and rebuilding — of Manhattan’s East River Park. New York Supreme Court Judge Melissa Crane on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the East Side Coastal Resiliency project, a multi-year effort to overhaul a stretch of the Lower East Side’s shore to protect the area from future […]

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Manhattan Pols Second-Guess Mayor’s Plan for Lower East Side Flood Barrier

Sign up for THE CITY Scoop, our daily newsletter where we send you stories like this first thing in the morning. As a key vote approaches on a controversial $1.3-billion plan to flood-proof the east side of Lower Manhattan, local officials have ordered up a second opinion on the first deputy mayor’s proposal. Manhattan Borough […]