Kids Claymation Explores Proposed ‘Rain Garden’ on Lower East Side Waterfront

Posted on: July 1st, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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The Two Bridges Neighborhood Council just released an interesting claymation video that would make Gumby proud to live on the Lower East Side waterfront. Produced in collaboration with the community-based Hester Street Collective, its singular purpose is to message the results of a one-year microclimate study conducted by the Two Bridges Kids After-school Program to better understand the environmental impact of a new rain garden.

The so-called rain garden to which this two-minute videoclip speaks is years in the making and locally controversial. Back in 2013, the Council received a “Green Infrastructure Grant” from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection to install the infrastructure at the Two Bridges Tower (82 Rutgers Slip). But there were some tenants at the time who claimed little consultation was made, which led to some contentious talk.

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Designed by the Brooklyn-based dlandstudio, the rain garden is meant to collect runoff during storms so that it doesn’t reach the East River. The proposed project will reportedly manage approximately 8,759 gallons of storm water.

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