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Reducing Flood Risk and Building Resilience in Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project

The Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) Project is an integrated coastal protection initiative aimed at reducing flood risk due to coastal storms and sea level rise in Lower Manhattan. The LMCR Project area spans the Lower Manhattan coast and seeks to increase resiliency while preserving access to the waterfront and integrating with public space.

Informed by the Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, New York City has identified a set of strategies to build resilience in Lower Manhattan. The City, State, and the Federal government have committed over $1.7B in capital investments for the following coastal protection projects:

  • Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resilience
  • Seaport Coastal Resilience
  • The Battery Coastal Resilience
  • Battery Park City Resilience Projects (South, North & West)

The recommendations of the Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study also included developing a plan to extend the Manhattan shoreline into the East River to protect the low-lying and highly constrained Seaport and Financial District area. The Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan, released in December 2021, is a shared City-community vision for a resilient 21st-century waterfront. This vision responds to the increasing hazards posed by climate change, while transforming the waterfront to better serve all New Yorkers for generations to come. Grounded in community and regulatory input, climate science, engineering, and feasibility analysis, the master plan reflects an ambitious vision that can be realized. Currently, work is advancing towards the preliminary design phase.