New York City wants to fortify a four-mile stretch of East River waterfront by developing a "Blueway" plan that includes construction of a storm barrier along the river. Designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design, the project would include wetlands, mini parks, pedestrian bridges, a bike path and a sandy beach. "[T]he Blueway will offer people new ways to travel along the river and experience a new natural edge," said Adam Lubinsky of WXY. "And by re-establishing saltwater marsh to Lower Manhattan, the East River Blueway will bring biodiversity back to the river’s edge and provide a natural buffer against storm surges."

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