NYC Waterways Tour



     I don’t necessarily know much of what was stated to us on the circle line observation tour, even when I moved up closer. So everything I will be stating is based purely off of articles I’ve read, prior knowledge and whatever I seen the day of.

     Even though I know that lower manhattan, Staten Island & the west border of Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and a few other spots are primary evacuation zones, it wasn’t hard to spot where coastal flooding would be highly devastating. All along the coast we rode by is not safe from flooding, because the land is at, below, or just barely above sea level.

     Besides the seawall, trees and marshes present in Brooklyn Bridge Park and the opening near the Gowanus Creek I do not recall seeing any others along the trip, however I am pretty positive there are many more areas specifically geared towards this.

     I personally wasn’t really able to distinguish which areas where built on top of landfill, versus not. However, I assumed several areas along the coast of Brooklyn was built on top of landfill. This assumption came from just near the Gowanus Creek, were there were building that new building near the Williamsburg bridge. The ground they were building on seemed to not be just literal dirty. But garbage around the area, that looked as if they were cleaning out to start building. I could be way off, but from what I seen, this was my interpretation. I also Believe much of manhattans coast was also built on top of landfill, mostly their parks, ie Battery Park, East River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, etc.

     There seemed to be a few infrastructures that seemed as they were prepared for a possible storm surge or flooding. One area that jumped out to me was all the NYCHA buildings, running along both sides of the river in Brooklyn and Manhattan. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, I know the city pumped several million dollars into updating and restructuring NYCHA buildings for further storms. Whereas, they focused on building new floodgates, protection for boiler systems, stronger/durable walls especially for the basement and lower floors, etc. Being that my mother and sister live in Astoria houses, where sandy hit pretty bad, to this day, NYCHA is still doing constructions to revamp their infrastructures. Which lead me to believe, several other NYCHA buildings around the city is undergoing the same thing, so I assume the NYCHA buildings that we seen under construction were going through this process. In addition, several government property areas also seemed to be prepared for future possible surges, ie the Con Edison power plant in L.E.S, the Newtown Creek Water Treatment plant, etc. Knowing that they’re basic everyday essential parts of keeping the city running smoothly, I was left to believe the government has poured tons of millions into keeping them up to par, and in a advantage above all incase of a storm surge. But as for just looking at the coastal line with my bear eyes, I didn’t catch on to an areas that seemed prepared. Both instances I wrote above are based of combined prior knowledge and educated assumptions.

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