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National Disaster Resilience (NDR)


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) National Disaster Resilience (NDR) competition awarded disaster recovery funds to eligible states, counties, and cities nationwide to help them recover from natural disasters while also improving their ability to protect against such disasters in the future. The competition was carried out in two phases.

Phase 1

In the first phase, the City submitted an application describing its unmet needs stemming from Hurricane Sandy. The application was based on the City's natural disaster mitigation plan and data from ongoing analyses and resiliency projects throughout the City.

Phase 2

On June 22, 2015, HUD announced that the City was selected to advance to Phase 2 of the NDR competition. During this phase, the City identified and advocated for specific projects that would strengthen social and economic resiliency in communities vulnerable to flooding.

On January 22, 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City was awarded a $176 million CDBG-NDR grant. The City is applying its CDBG-NDR grant towards the implementation of two ambitious coastal protection measures in the Two Bridges neighborhood (the Target Area) off Lower Manhattan. The first is the Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resiliency (BMCR) project, and second is the Trust for Public Land Green Infrastructure Playgrounds project. The work funded by the CDBG-NDR grant is part of the larger Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) project area, which will create an integrated coastal protection system to provide coastal protection and stormwater drainage solutions and serve as connective ribbon along the waterfront.

CDBG-NDR Programs

Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resilience (BMCR): The primary goal of the BMCR project is to provide a comprehensive flood protection system for the Target Area, while also preserving community views and access to the waterfront and greenway, and making investments to enhance the drainage capacity for interior and precipitation flooding.

Learn more about the BMCR project, including on ongoing updates and the most recent information.

Trust for Public Land Green Infrastructure Playgrounds: The City identified TPL as a partner during the NDR competition application phase. The City holds a subrecipient agreement with TPL and coordinates via the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) and Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

TPL designed and is constructing two green infrastructure playgrounds in the Target Area, specifically at PS 2 and PS 184. In addition to providing space for outdoor recreation, environmental education and learning, the playgrounds are designed to capture approximately 1,800,000 gallons of stormwater per year, helping to mitigate flooding from future storms.

You can download relevant documents as well as the final NDR Action Plan below.

NDR Application Phase 1
NDR Application Phase 1
NDR Application Phase 2
Approved NDR Action Plan