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New Pier 42 Park To Open; FEMA Revises Flood Risk Maps

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LOWER EAST SIDE & CHINATOWN?More accessible recreational space by the waterfront! Today officials announced that part of the new waterfront park at Pier 42 will open to the public on May 4. Though the eventual completion of the park everyone wants and needs is far from reality, this interim space (parallel to South Street near its intersection with Jackson Street) will be resurfaced, have picnic tables, and be connected to East River Park just to the north. We're quite a ways from having a continuous "green ribbon" around Lower Manhattan, as the PR babble put it, but this is a small step in the right direction. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

MANHATTAN & NORTHERN BROOKLYN?Over the weekend, FEMA released revised Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) maps for Brooklyn north of the Verrazano Bridge and all of Manhattan. ABFEs "reflect the true 1% annual chance flood hazard elevations in a given area." A bit boring, eh? But in reality, they're what will be used to determine the price of your flood insurance (just in case another superstorm whirls through town) when FEMA adjusts its flood insurance maps later this summer. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]