Recovery and Resilience at NYCHA: Lower East Side

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Crane lifting a generator to the rooftop of a 14-story brick apartment building.
Credit: NYCHA

Sat, October 22nd, 2022

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In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused the most costly and destructive disaster to impact New York City public housing in its history. The storm’s surge impacted 10 percent of NYCHA’s developments, knocking out power to more than 400 buildings, blocking doors with piles of debris, and destroying boilers, electrical equipment, massive trash compactors, and playgrounds.

On this one-mile walk, learn about the resiliency, safety, and building improvements implemented by NYCHA at three adjacent developments on the Lower East Side - Jacob Riis II Houses, Lillian Wald Houses, and Baruch Houses. Participants will tour the new infrastructure elements, including passive and deployable floodproofing strategies, see the projects approaching completion, and hear from NYCHA staff about the steps continuing to be taken to protect residents against future storms.

The tour will take place outside on city sidewalks, which may be narrow and uneven.

This experience is offered during OHNY Weekend as a part of Sandy + 10, a series exploring projects fostering recovery and resilience in the 10-year wake of Hurricane Sandy. Nearly $18 billion in federal funds have been invested in New York City's resilience, and this series aims to engage the public in what has been accomplished and where future investment is needed. Sandy + 10 is presented in partnership with Columbia University’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes.

Luther Gulick Park , Delancey Street between Willett Street and Columbia Street
New York, NY 10002