In his final State of the Borough Address Thursday night, Manhattan Borough President Stringer revealed a comprehensive plan for the city to improve life by the shore while protecting the city from the next hurricane.
The East River Blueway Project will create new public spaces, wetlands and storm barriers from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 38th Street.
"The Blueway is going to accomplish two important goals," Stringer said. "The first is, we're going to have a plan to provide real access to the East Side Waterfront. The second part of that is, while we're changing the way we view our waterfront, how people can access it, it's equally important to protect our fragile ecosystem from the next storm surge."
According to the plan, wetlands would be developed from the shore beneath the FDR Drive near the Brooklyn Bridge.
A fortified waterfront would be developed below the Brooklyn Bridge, while a Con Edison plant destroyed by Hurricane Sandy would host a new pedestrian bridge that doubles as a flood wall.
Stringer's office is allocating $3.5 million to launch the Blueway Project.
The plan is funded by a grant from the Department of State.