East Harlem Resiliency Study

New York, NY

The East Harlem Resiliency Study is a year-long visioning project with NYC Parks and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency to address the impacts of climate change in a diverse, densely populated, and rapidly developing area of upper Manhattan. The team is studying the impacts of future sea level rise, coastal surge, rain... Continue Reading

The East Harlem Resiliency Study is a year-long visioning project with NYC Parks and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency to address the impacts of climate change in a diverse, densely populated, and rapidly developing area of upper Manhattan. The team is studying the impacts of future sea level rise, coastal surge, rain events, and extreme heat on physical assets and socially vulnerable groups with particular attention to waterfront open spaces along the Harlem River. The final vision plan will make recommendations for integrating storm water management and coastal protection with open space planning and social resiliency throughout the neighborhood. Starr Whitehouse is co-leading the East Harlem Resiliency Study with ONE Architecture, and the team includes Langan Engineering, Eric Klinenberg and the Institute of Public Knowledge at NYU, and DREAM Charter School. Through an innovative stakeholder outreach strategy, the team is partnered with DREAM in order to closely collaborate with community institutions and residents and to offer a curriculum in resiliency planning to DREAM high school students.

One aim of the study is to create “pilots” during the life of the project – that is, rather than just plan for resiliency, the team is working to build a culture of resiliency in East Harlem through project activities. The resiliency planning curriculum at DREAM exposes students to principles and professional methodologies related to neighborhood mapping, analyzing social vulnerability, and designing green infrastructure. This effort will result in the publication of a 20-lesson curriculum, which will be made available for other schools to teach, and demonstration projects by the students in the neighborhood.