City unveils preliminary East Side flood protection plan at CB meeting

Curbed: City officials presented a preliminary design for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR) on Thursday night at a Community Board 3 meeting.

Following several months of meetings and feedback, the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) presented a new version of the project’s design, implementing some of the changes suggested by neighbors and advocates.

Throughout the review process, local residents have expressed concern about East River Park closing for three and a half years for the project’s construction, and have called for a third party independent review or phased construction. Community Board 3 approved the proposed plan on June 25 with a list of specific conditions, including providing transportation assistance to other open areas, sport fields, and parks during construction.

The latest design, presented on Thursday night, implemented community suggestions, including a new amphitheater, two barbecue areas, an outdoor fitness area, and a challenge course in the East River Park; basketball courts at Delancey and 10th Streets, and additional trees to maximize shade. Read More>>