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“Seaport City” is summarized in the “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” plan released by Mayor Bloomberg yesterday as one possible way to protect the eastern edge of Lower Manhattan, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, from future climate change-related effects. The concept is interesting in that it not only proposes building a new levee along the area from the Battery Maritime Building to Pier 35, it also brings up a way for the levee to be self-financing. “This approach would provide the protective value of a traditional levee while also providing new land
on which commercial and residential buildings could be constructed, both to accommodate the City’s growth and to help finance the construction of the multi-purpose levee,” reads the report.

The summary also mentions that “the intention would be for this new East River neighborhood to serve much the same function as Battery Park City does along the Hudson River, which is something many Lower East Side and Chinatown residents have been hoping for for some time now.

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+ “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” organized by chapter

All images taken from “A Stronger, More Resilient New York