Superstorm Sandy caused unparalleled flooding in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. With consideration of on-going Integrated Flood Protection System initiatives by the Governor’s Office of Resiliency and Recovery (ORR), SCAPE and engineering partner Dewberry, were commissioned by the Brooklyn Borough Presidents Office and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to study a unique approach to flood protection in the Red Hook Community.
The design strategy connects natural highpoints in the community; merging elevated flood protection with the future Greenway construction, raising portions of existing streets, and creating “soft” park like edges on either side. The proposal begins to push the notion of repurposing existing city owned impermeable surfaces into public community spaces, which would provide opportunities for storm water detention.
- The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
- Office of the Brooklyn Borough President