East Side Coastal Resiliency
Through the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, or ESCR, we’re working with the City and Federal government to protect Manhattan neighborhoods and parks from the effects of climate change, such as storm damage, increased flooding, and sea level rise.
About the Project
Thanks to joint funding by the City of New York and the federal government, the City will rebuild Manhattan’s East Side waterfront across 2.4 miles of Manhattan’s East Side from East 25th Street to Montgomery Street.
ESCR is being led by the New York City Department of Design and Construction in partnership with several city agencies, including NYC Parks. For more about the project, visit NYC’s East Side Coastal Resiliency website.
Creating Resilient Parks
As part of ESCR, we’re reconstructing parks across Manhattan’s East Side to make them more safe and resilient, and to improve access. Parks that are affected include John V. Lindsay East River Park, Murphy Brothers Playground, and Asser Levy Playground.
The ESCR project is based on scientific analysis. The project takes into account the projected rise in sea level height through 2050, the projected effects of waves, and the standards for 100-year flood levels set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
What’s Open Now on the East Side
East River Park
In order to meet the long-term resiliency standards of ESCR, the City will elevate and reconstruct East River Park to withstand coastal storms and protect it from the effects of sea level rise. Raising the elevation of East River Park, installing floodwalls, and reconstructing the waterfront bulkhead will protect a diverse array of plants and recreational facilities, while keeping nearby neighborhoods safe. Creating a resilient park helps to ensure that it remains open for generations to come.
What’s Changing at East River Park
The reconstructed East River Park will see the return of the amenities that New Yorkers have come to know and love. We’ll also be creating new spaces for relaxation and sports. Here’s what to expect:
- The recreation fields & courts, track and field, and playgrounds will return
- Aging play areas will be rebuilt at Delancey Street and East 10th Street
- A new water play area will be built at Houston Street
- Two redesigned waterfront embayments allowing park users to get down to the water
- The amphitheater will be rebuilt to offer more flexible community programming, and to meet universal accessibility standards
- The existing tennis house, track house, and 10th Street restrooms will be rebuilt to meet modern facility standards, including accessibility along ADA guidelines
Improved Park Access
Through ESCR, we’re also going to make it easier for New Yorkers to access East River Park and the East River waterfront. We’ll be rebuilding the Corlears Hook Bridge, replacing the Delancey Street and East 10th Street Bridges, and creating a new bridge near Con Edison’s East River Dock (on the east side of the FDR Drive between East 13th and East 15th Streets). We’ll also be building a better shared-use bikeway/walkway path to make the park more accessible and inviting.
Other Park Upgrades
Through ESCR, the City is improving other parks along the waterfront as well, including Murphy Brothers Playground, Stuyvesant Cove Park, and Asser Levy Playground.
Improvements at Murphy Brothers Playground will include a new protective floodwall integrated into the fence line of the park. In addition, we’ll be expanding recreational access, improving sight lines, and building a new dog run.
At Asser Levy Playground, a new floodwall will be built to protect local amenities, including the Asser Levy Recreation Center and Pool. We’ll also be improving the play equipment and expanding access to the play area.
Work on ESCR will be phased. This means that parts of East River Park will remain open for public use and recreation throughout construction. Construction at Murphy Brothers Playground, Stuyvesant Cove Park, and Asser Levy Playground will also be staggered to reduce impact to neighbors.
For more information and the latest updates on construction progress, visit the ESCR website's Construction Notices section.
Visit our Environmental Impact Statement page to learn more about the project's development.