New York City Mayor Mr Eric Adams has celebrated the completion of the first part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project that represents a new class of resilient infrastructure for New York City. The project will offer coastal protection that protects New York City's waterfront neighborhoods from devastating storm surge and regular tidal flooding, while also improving accessibility, increasing ecological diversity, and delivering improved recreational amenities to a vibrant and highly diverse community. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2026.Asser Levy Playground is home to the northern end of the ESCR Project, a USD 1.45 billion project that will create a 2.4-mile flood barrier of berms, floodwalls, moveable gates and raised parkland that will protect 110,000 East Side residents, including 28,000 NYCHA residents, from future storms and tidal flooding. The entire span of the ESCR project, located within the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 100-year floodplain, will incorporate 18 movable gates from Asser Levy Playground located along Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive from East 23rd Street to East 25th Street down to Montgomery Street. The entire project is being installed in phases to ensure the community has access to recreational areas during construction. This project is a crucial part of the Adams administration's work to ensure that New York City is better prepared to withstand the impacts of climate change.