Two Bridges Tower

Manhattan, NY

DLANDstudio along with the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, was awarded a NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Grant. The grant provides funding for projects within the combined sewer areas of the city, to design and construct a system to manage stormwater runoff from the contributing impervious surfaces.

Two Bridges Tower is a private, non-profit subsidized residential and social services facility on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, near the Manhattan Bridge. The design utilizes the fenced-in courtyard space and planting beds on the south side of the building to infiltrate stormwater runoff from the building’s roof and paved surfaces.

The proposed rain garden replaces a 3,900 square foot under-used, outdated terrace and playground. The site is one of the main exterior gathering places for the residents of Two Bridges Tower, and outdoor space for children participating in ‘Head Start’ and early childhood education programs in the building. The new design incorporates in to a naturalistic setting play features with a woodland theme-- mushrooms and wood-like logs. The space will be redesigned to accommodate a diverse range of users and will include colorful curvy benches and additional wooden tables and seating. New trees will provide much needed shade and new flowering plants will be installed that will both be tolerant of occasional ponding and beautify the space.

NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Grant