East Side Coastal Resiliency
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New York, greatly impacting the east side of Manhattan and highlighting the need for the City of New York to increase its efforts to protect vulnerable populations and critical infrastructure during extreme coastal storm events. Hurricane Sandy, a presidentially declared disaster, caused extensive coastal flooding. The flooding resulted in significant damage to residential and commercial property, open space, and critical transportation, power, and water and sewer infrastructure, which in turn affected medical and other essential services. As part of its plan to address vulnerability to such major flooding, the City is proposing the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project, which involves the construction of a coastal flood protection system along a portion of the east side of Manhattan and related improvements to City infrastructure.
The proposed project area begins at Montgomery Street to the south and extends north along the waterfront to East 25th Street and is composed of two sub-areas: Project Area One and Project Area Two. Project Area One extends from Montgomery Street on the south to the north end of John V. Lindsay East River Park (East River Park) at about East 13th Street. Project Area One is approximately 75 acres and consists primarily of the FDR Drive, a portion of Pier 42 and Corlears Hook Park as well as East River Park. Project Area Two extends north and east from Project Area One, from East 13th Street to East 25th Street. In addition to the FDR Drive right-of-way, Project Area Two includes the Con Edison East 13th Street Substation and the East River Generating Station, Murphy Brothers Playground, Stuyvesant Cove Park, and Asser Levy Recreational Center and Playground.
Implementation of the proposed ESCR Project involves substantial activities within City parkland, therefore the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has assumed the role of Lead Agency in fulfilling the environmental review requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR).
To implement the proposed project, the City and its federal partners have committed approximately $1.5 billion in funding. The City has entered into a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to disburse $335 million of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for the design and construction of the proposed project. The City is the grantee of CDBG-DR funds related to Hurricane Sandy for the development of a coastal flood protection system, which would be provided to the City through the New York City Office of Management and Budget (OMB), acting under HUD’s authority. Therefore, OMB has been designated as the project's "Responsible Entity" in accordance with HUD regulations and is also the Lead Agency for environmental review requirements in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
On October 30, 2015, NYC Parks, as SEQRA/CEQR Lead Agency, in conjunction with OMB, issued a Positive Declaration directing that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be prepared, and released a Draft Scope of Work to prepare an EIS for public review and comment. A public scoping meeting on this Draft Scope of Work was held on December 3, 2015, at Bard High School Early College, 525 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been prepared and is available for public comment as of April 5, 2019. The DEIS and Final Scope of Work (FSOW) are available for review below or at the City of New York's East Side Coastal Resiliency page as well as at the locations listed below.
NYC Parks will maintain a paper copy of the DEIS for public review at the Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401, New York, NY 10065. A paper copy of the DEIS will also be available at OMB’s offices at 255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY, 10007. The document will be available for inspection or copying at this location between 9:00 AM. and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except Federal and State holidays.
Comments and related material on the DEIS must be submitted on or before August 30, 2019. You may submit comments using any of the following methods:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or CDBGDR-Enviro@omb.nyc.gov
- Online at the City of New York's East Side Coastal Resiliency page
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, c/o Colleen Alderson, Chief of Parklands and Real Estate, The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401, New York, New York 10065
New York City Office of Management and Budget, c/o Calvin Johnson, Assistant Director CDBG-DR, 255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10007
- Hand delivery: Same as mail addresses above, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal and State holidays.
The CPC will hold a public hearing together with OMB and NYC Parks at 10:00 a.m. on July 31, 2019. The hearing location is 120 Broadway, Concourse Level, New York, NY, 10271. One purpose of the public hearing is for OMB as NEPA Lead Agency and NYC Parks as SEQRA/CEQR Lead Agency to receive comments on the information provided in the DEIS, as well as for CPC, OMB, and NYC Parks to accept comments on the Proposed Project’s New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application. OMB and NYC Parks will not respond to any of the comments or take action on the project at the hearing. Comments and/or statements at the public hearing will become part of the public record during the comment period and will also be considered during the preparation of the FEIS.
For questions, please contact:
Colleen Alderson, Chief of Parklands and Real Estate
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401
New York, New York 10065
Calvin Johnson, Assistant Director CDBG-DR
New York City Office of Management and Budget
255 Greenwich Street-8th Floor
New York, New York 10007