A highly vulnerable, mixed-use neighborhood that provides critical services to New York City will implement a multifaceted construction project using nature-based solutions to improve climate resilience.
New York, New York: $50 Million
The Historic South Street Seaport is a highly vulnerable mixed-use neighborhood that provides critical services to Lower Manhattan and beyond. The seaport has a rich trade history dating back to 1625, and currently features some of the oldest architecture in Manhattan, including the largest concentration of restored early 19th century commercial buildings in the city.
The seaport is one of the lowest lying parts of Lower Manhattan and is regularly threatened by flooding. Severe rain events in the area frequently result in complaints of sewer back-ups, clogged catch basins, and street flooding; further, flooding from hurricanes Sandy and Ida impacted many homes and businesses and disrupted critical infrastructure such as roads, public transit, telecommunications networks, and energy systems.
The BRIC 2021 New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) Seaport Coastal Resilience Project, a phased construction project, will reduce flood risk to the Historic South Street Seaport, a highly vulnerable mixed-use neighborhood that provides critical services to Lower Manhattan and beyond. To improve climate resilience, the project will directly mitigate coastal flooding risk, extreme precipitation, and the urban heat island effect. In addition to reducing risks associated with these hazards, the goal of the project is to use innovative design and engineering strategies to integrate flood protection into a public esplanade and historic district, improve access to and along the waterfront, and implement green and nature-based solutions to improve marine habitat and address the urban heat island effect.