City Council approves $1.5B project to ‘weather-proof’ Lower Manhattan

New York Post: There won’t be any cows floating away from downtown Manhattan if Mayor Bill de Blasio signs off on this just-passed plan.

The City Council on Thursday approved a nearly $1.5 billion project aimed at weather-proofing the Lower East Side waterfront to ward off a future Superstorm Sandy, in part by raising East River Park to make it eight feet higher.

The so-called “East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan” is expected to be the first phase of a larger de Blasio-backed initiative to protect Lower Manhattan as a whole through a series of flood walls, flood gates and berms along the shoreline.

Manhattan Council members Carlina Rivera, Margaret Chin and Keith Powers said the project is desperately needed to protect their respective districts from the next Sandy, which devastated the neighborhoods they represent in 2012. Read more>>