In the Two Bridges neighborhood, the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will install a combination of flood walls and deployable flip-up barriers to protect the neighborhood from a 100-year storm surge in the 2050s, while also maintaining access and visibility to the waterfront. New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is leading design for the project, which will extend along the waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to Montgomery Street. EDC will complete design in Spring 2021 and DDC is due to start construction in late 2021.
This project will reduce flooding risk – from both sea level rise and storm surge – for thousands of residents, including many living in affordable housing, while continuing to preserve views and access to the waterfront. These deployable barriers will be permanent infrastructure, hidden until they are flipped up in the event of a storm. The location of the flood walls and posts has been designed to minimize conflict with subsurface infrastructure and to maximize integration of public space amenities such as open-air seating, fitness equipment, and athletic courts.
We designed the coloring book for distribution to community members and schools located in the BMCR boundary with the goal intended to teach students and their caregivers about how this project will keep them safe from future storms while adding new programming and play spaces along the waterfront.