De Blasio Lays Out $10B Proposal to Extend Shoreline to Protect NYC from Storms

NY1: A new climate resiliency plan announced by the mayor on Thursday would expand Manhattan’s southern shoreline up to 500 feet into the East River and build new flooding prevention measures to protect the shoreline from destruction like that unleashed by hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“Global warming is an extraordinary threat to all of our country, all of our earth, but when it comes to New York City one of the great coastal cities in the world we are particularly threatened and nowhere is that threat greater than for the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work in Lower Manhattan,” de Blasio said.

That part of the city was plummeted into darkness shortly after the storm made landfall. For days the area was closed off to traffic, the Battery Tunnel completely shut down and major subway lines were taken out of service. De Blasio’s plan is an update to other proposals including some which are in construction at the South Street Seaport, parts of the Financial District and the Two Bridges neighborhood.

The mayor’s plan to build into the river would cost $10 Billion and he admits he’s not sure how he’s going to pay for it. Read more>>