City seeks to unite Coney Island Creek areas
Part of storm protection plan
A revamped area around Coney Island Creek is one element in Mayor Bloomberg’s “resiliency” plan to strengthen shoreline protection around the city’s most vulnerable edges in the event of another major storm.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg and other officials toured Coney Island as well as the Rockaways and Staten Island as part of an effort to highlight the city’s progress in implementing its resiliency plan. The plan, titled “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” was first unveiled in June.
The plan includes the installation of a new levee and tidal barrier system at the mouth of the creek to manage the flow of water during a similar future coastal storm. As a first phase, the city intends to shore up protection along the creek’s lowest lying edges to provide interim protection in advance of a larger investment.
Second, incorporating operational controls to the city’s often-criticized stormwater management system could allow the creek to absorb stormwater runoff during coastal storms, and thus protect adjacent neighborhoods from serious damage.