Project Description

The New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) is receiving $500,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding to undertake a feasibility study and develop a Master Plan on best practices to capture storm water within the community gardens of the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The plan will combine community participation with engineering expertise, to develop a green infrastructure study and master plan to increase the permeability and storm water capture within forty-seven (47) neighborhood/community gardens located in the Lower Manhattan NYRCR planning area.

The majority of the gardens are located within an area that was severely flooded during Super Storm Sandy and many were impacted directly by the storm. Gardens Rising is the working title for this Lower East Side Community Gardens Green Infrastructure Study and Master Plan.


The Feasibility Study and Master Plan is the first (1) phase of a two (2) phase project. Phase 2 of the Gardens Rising project will have $1.5 million towards the construction of green infrastructure within and directly adjacent to the community gardens identified in Phase 1.

The plan will examine the feasibility, costs, benefits and impacts of proposed storm water capture methods, which would increase permeability and green space in neighborhood gardens and would better absorb storm water runoff.

When completed, the plan will identify locations where green infrastructure and storm water capture systems are to be implemented across the study area, given priority to those areas who are prone to storm water flooding or are in a flood zone.

These nature-based infrastructure solutions would increase absorptive surfaces and better outfit these gardens and neighborhoods to deal with storm water runoff. Each garden has its own governance and will be able to propose specific projects inside and adjacent to their lot(s).

Study Area

The study area is roughly bounded by 14th Street on the north, the East River on the east, Delancey Street on the south, and the Bowery/Fourth Avenue on the west, and is home to forty-seven (47) gardens, measuring approximately seven (7) acres in area.