I think of FiDi as New Amsterdam, the original Dutch settlement that laid the blueprint for the city that became New York. We must protect and preserve what is left of it and make sure this area is secure as the climate shifts around us. It is also, of course, a growing neighborhood and the beating heart of a major metropolis – creative, robust, integrated resiliency planning is necessary to make sure the many people who live, work, and pass through here can continue to thrive.
Lower Manhattan deserves protection from storm surge and sea level rise. The answer is a \'layered defense\" with local sea walls to protect against slowly rising sea levels and a regional sea gate system connect Breezy point to sandy hook and across Throgs Neck to protect lower manhattan and all of NYC\'s 550 miles of coastline in a way that actually meets our social justice values
To dat ether City has utterly failed to meet its obligation to protect Lower Manhattan as well as the other boroughs
Lower Manhattan is our home! What I loved about living and working in Lower Manhattan was proximity to the water, how open it is, and how vibrant and diverse the community is.
For outboard proposals, please consider porosity of the development edge. Flood protection is necessary, but so is the preservation of the form/character of the area (especially the low, historic areas). It would also be great if more green (not just hardscape parks) were implemented, to serve double duty, interspersed with higher density outboard interventions (to avoid a wall of development). Outboard development also needs to remain inclusive to the incomes and backgrounds that already exist in communities (e.g. Seaport/Two Bridges).
Away from the noise and crowds of Midtown, Lower Manhattan has a completely different vibe to it. It is drenched in history, with the Statue of Liberty symbolizing a new dawn of opportunity for millions of immigrants over the years.
Lower Manhattan is home away from home for me! And I strive every day, both personally and professionally, to protect it against the elements.
FIDI Lower Manhattan has been my home for 42 years and it needs protection from climate change danger. Super Storm Sandy was a wake up call and to date there are no plans to remediate the problem. A resiliency park on an empty lot could be used as part of the solution.
When I worked in Lower Manhattan, I appreciated the easy access by bike, subway, or ferry.
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