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New York: Breukelen Houses Stormwater Protection

Large community housing complex in Brooklyn, New York, will implement multi-functional nature-based solutions to increase flood resilience and reduce the impacts of extreme heat.

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New York, New York: $19.84 Million

This is a Justice40 project.


Breukelen Houses, also known as Brookline Projects, is a large housing complex in Brooklyn. The public housing complex was developed in the early 1950s to meet housing needs in the wake of World War II. In 2007, the Breukelen Community Center welcomed unhoused people as one of nine winter emergency “warming spots” in New York City. In 2015, the Breukelen Houses were the third highest in the city in need of repair due to New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) capital needs.

Project Description

New York City is embracing an innovative design solution to utilize existing urban amenities and places to serve multi-functional roles. These places will provide subsurface space to manage rainfall runoff with inclusion of nature-based solutions such as green infrastructure; resilient planting, and community spaces that can provide relief from impacts of extreme heat during summer for its residents and community. This project will install a cost-effective stormwater management system that includes nature-based solutions with multi-functional benefits that will improve the overall resiliency of Breukelen Houses and surrounding areas.