The Villager: The Mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency recently presented 3-D models of flip-up barriers and flood walls proposed for the Two Bridges area as a part of the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency project. The 0.82-mile section of Two Bridges is considered fully funded — with $203 million allocated for the project. The city says it plans to prioritize the use of flip-up barriers, so that the esplanade will remain usable, with views open for the community.

The hands-on community meeting was intended for O.R.R. to hear feedback on the project, which aims to protect the neighborhood from storm surges after Hurricane Sandy flooded it nearly six years ago. Since then, major infrastructure improvements to protect the city from future storms have largely been done in a piecemeal approach, with older buildings being retrofitted and new buildings installing mechanicals on higher floors. However, construction of protective infrastructure along the waterfront has not yet begun. Continue reading>>