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New York City announced plans Thursday, March 14, 2019, to extend portions of lower Manhattan to address climate change (Photo: New York City Mayor's Office)

To address climate change, Manhattan would get larger under Mayor de Blasio's plan

The initial plan is to spend $500 million to fortify most of lower Manhattan with grassy berms in parks and removable barriers than can be installed this year when major storms approach. But the mayor and recommendations the city's Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency project calls for a more ambitious long-term plan.

ALBANY - New York City wants to extend its shoreline around lower Manhattan in an effort to fight off climate change and another potential flood.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced that the city intends to embark on a $10 billion plan to protect lower Manhattan, the epicenter of the financial markets and the nexus of its subway system, from the type of damage sustained from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

“Hurricane Sandy showed us how vulnerable areas like Lower Manhattan are to climate change,” de Blasio said.

“That’s why we not only have to reduce emissions to prevent the most cataclysmic potential effects of global warming, we have to prepare for the ones that are already inevitable."

The initial plan is to spend $500 million to fortify most of lower Manhattan with grassy berms in parks and removable barriers than can be installed this year when major storms approach.

But the mayor and recommendations the city's Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency project calls for a more ambitious long-term plan.

Lower Manhattan is home to the financial district, 500,000 jobs, 90,000 residents and is the hub of the regional transit system.

"It will be one of the most complex environmental and engineering challenges our city has ever undertaken and it will, literally, alter the shape of the island of Manhattan," de Blasio said in a column in New York magazine.

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