Could This Massive “Seaport City” Save NYC from Future Storms?

by , 06/16/13

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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.

Do you think Seaport City is a good idea? Tell us in the comments below.

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

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1 Comment

  1. Russell Higgins June 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm
    I'm amazed to see any action on this, bravo. The integrated flood protection system is a great idea. Why isn’t it shown to go up the Hudson, is the idea to “study” that and determine a super levee is needed here too, to provide more luxury buildings subsidized by taxpayers funding the levees? The real estate industry wants to fill in the harbor and river for luxury buildings, file your EIS, fight in court, fill it in yourself, and charge your luxury tenants for the whole thing. There's no reason the entire Island, and shores of Brooklyn and Queens couldn't be ringed with flood walls, that look like terraced plantings, interspersed with wide sliding flood gates so we all still have access to the river 99% of the time, with maybe at the bulkhead line a line of floatable self rising barriers hinged to the bulkheads (small scale versions of river sized ones in Holland) that then double as boardwalks the rest of the time. Coupled with major river barriers and pump stations to handle slosh between gates and elements, as well as rain fall. It would be, just like New Orleans! Imagine that, we didn't need 1 million in volunteer time, we just needed a junket to NOLA to figure out what to do. Now I like the super levee myself, but instead a tiny little stretch that would do more to provide class A luxury building views than anything else, the super levee belongs outside the harbor, where it will protect the whole city, all the boroughs, and don’t forget NJ. Shouldn’t any plan be integrated with the folks on the other side of the same flooding river?