"It is affirmational to be honored for our work to protect New Yorkers from the impacts of climate change," said Mayor Eric Adams. "In the face of the biggest environmental threat we all face – we will continue to plan ahead, innovate, and get stuff done for New Yorkers."
On May 13, 2022, a reconstructed and resilient Asser Levy Playground opened to the public, the first park to be completed as part of the ESCR project.
On February 24, 2022, ESCR’s first flood gate was installed in Project Area 2, Stuyvesant Cove Park. The 42-feet long, 32,000-pound gate is the first of 18 movable flood gates that will eventually be installed along the 2.4-mile coastal resiliency project.
Construction in ESCR's Project Area 1, which encompasses work between Montgomery Street and E. 15th Street is underway. Park closures south of Stanton Street including the Delancey Street Bridge and Greenway began on Monday 12/6/21. Learn about construction progress and view current advisories and construction bulletins.
The East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project is a coastal protection initiative, jointly funded by the City of New York and the federal government, aimed at reducing flood risk due to coastal storms and sea level rise on Manhattan's East Side from East 25th Street to Montgomery Street. The boundaries of this project correspond with the natural "pinch-points" in the 100-year floodplain: areas where the land is higher along the coastline, making it easier to close the system off from water entering from the north and south. The project design integrates flood protection into the community fabric, improving waterfront open spaces and access, rather than walling off the neighborhood. Construction on the East Side Coastal Resiliency project began in Fall 2020 and will continue through 2026.