CITY WANTS TO LIFT EAST RIVER PARK TO PREVENT FLOODING

NY Post: The city wants to lift up East River Park by several feet to prevent the FDR Drive and homes behind it from flooding, officials announced on Friday.

The city said that it will raise the park an average of eight to 10 feet between 13th and Cherry streets through various engineering methods.

“This will significantly change the way Lower Manhattan looks,” said city parks commissioner Mitchell Silver.

The project will take about three and a half years, and the entire park will be closed during the time, officials said.

The price tag of the whole project will jump to $1.45 billion from an earlier estimate of about $760 million

“No one else has done these kinds of projects,” he said. “We’re going to make sure that we do them in an appropriate way.”

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