East Side Coastal Resiliency

In a new proposal to be released this week, the city is looking to build into the East River by up to 188 feet — and possibly remove a mile-long portion of the elevated FDR Drive.
What would you do if you got caught in a flash flood? Events this summer in New York City and around the world have offered new stark — and wet — reminders that the global environmental crisis could land in your backyard at any minute.
The low-lying neighborhood was saved during Superstorm Sandy only by the luck of the tides, researchers say. Meanwhile, the city is sitting on a 280-page report created two years ago to prepare East Harlem for the next storm.
Locals argued the flood protection project would destroy the Lower East Side waterfront space, and demanded more review. A judge dismissed their claims, saying the resiliency revamp won’t permanently affect the Manhattan park’s use.
The City Council votes Thursday on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which aims to save Lower Manhattan from rising waters.
Netherlands sea-rise expert launches review of controversial $1.3 billion project at behest of Manhattan borough president and local council member.
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