East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

New York, NY

In 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City of New York with $335 million to implement the first part of a flood protection strategy, developed by Starr Whitehouse and BIG Architects for the Rebuild by Design competition. Known as the Big U or Dryline, the plan proposes wrapping Lower Manhattan... Continue Reading

In 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the City of New York with $335 million to implement the first part of a flood protection strategy, developed by Starr Whitehouse and BIG Architects for the Rebuild by Design competition. Known as the Big U or Dryline, the plan proposes wrapping Lower Manhattan in a ribbon of protective landscapes that strengthen coastal defenses against rising sea levels and enhance the neighborhoods they protect with integrated social/economic amenities. The City’s East Side Coastal Resiliency Project emerged from this initial exploration, channeling HUD funding to protect dense and vulnerable residential neighborhoods on the Lower East Side. Part of an expanded project team, Starr Whitehouse was engaged by the City to develop urban design, and to run a series of community workshops, gaining critical input from local residents, community boards, and NYCHA tenants. Integrating the resulting feedback, Starr Whitehouse developed a set of clean-cut design recommendations along the length of the project area from E 23rd Street to Montgomery Street. The project is scheduled to enter construction in 2017.