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Hearing Tonight on East River Coastal Resiliency Plan


Rendering of East River Park at Delancey Street as envisioned by city planners.

There’s another chance tonight to voice your opinion about the city’s revamped plans to build a flood protection system along the East River.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is hosting a public hearing at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Bernstein Pavilion, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place (between 15th and 16th streets).

In the spring, the city certified the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, triggering the public land use review process. Community Board 3 has already approved the ULURP application with conditions. Public comments tonight will help inform the borough president’s advisory opinion. The City Council and the City Planning Commission will vote on the proposal later this year.

The East Side Coastal Resiliency project covers an area along the East River from 25th Street down to Montgomery Street. The city scrapped the original community-driven plan in favor of a new scheme that will mean the destruction of East River Park before it is rebuilt above FEMA’s 100 flood elevation.  The park is likely to be closed for at least 5 years beginning next spring.

You can see the latest renderings from city planners here. City Limits filed a report yesterday on the proposal, which has caused a lot of consternation in parts of the Lower East Side. Brewer asked the mayor’s office for a two month delay in the land use process to answer community concerns.

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