When I worked in Lower Manhattan, I appreciated the easy access by bike, subway, or ferry.
FiDi and the Seaport are where I work so I\'ve mostly experienced these neighborhoods as a commuter. But, they do play an important role for all New Yorkers as transportation and cultural hubs in the region because of where they\'re sited in the harbor: I use ferries to go to beaches, Staten Island, Governors Island, and other waterfront neighborhoods in the city all throughout the year. Restoring the harbor, remembering our maritime history, and creating a culture of dynamic use of space on land and water should be crucial elements to our resiliency plans for Lower Manhattan.
Lower Manhattan feels like the birth place of America to me. Every time I\'m down there and see the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty I\'m reminded of special this place is and how much it means to the City and beyond.
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.
Water will find its way around and through any barriers you build, so its time to learn to live with it. Stop with the idea of land fill as a solution. Seaport City is an absurd waste of resources - put that effort into shoring up our infrastructure - our water, sewer, underground wiring/cabling ; stop allowing enormous towers along the waterfront which will drain resources in emergencies, apart from adding to quality of life issues for everyone around such structures. For existing buildings in the flood plain, promote redesign and retrofitting of street level spaces for uses that can maintain a active street environment while also being able to quickly pull back to “higher ground/safer space” to ride out an emergency. Water is our enemy only if we see it that way.
There\'s a growing residential populations here who need more amenities - open space, grocery stores, etc.
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