Hester Street (HST) is working with a diverse team to conduct a feasibility study for a coastal resiliency project for Lower Manhattan. This project seeks to protect, connect, and strengthen Two Bridges, Financial District, and Battery Park City by building resiliency infrastructure that also doubles as social infrastructure that benefits the local communities. To accomplish this, HST is designing and facilitating a community-driven process that centers around the needs and priorities of the people who live, work and visit the waterfront.

HST’s community engagement process aims to be transparent and accessible, inclusive and expansive, iterative and proactive, and collaborative to create the conditions necessary for community residents and stakeholders to be true design partners. HST will lead a series of public workshops, walking tours, focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and informal community events to gather input to ensure that waterfront improvements provide flood protection and community benefits.