28+ takes its name from the elevation above which the city is “safe” from floods. We have designed a barrier that connects this contour, beginning from a ridge at the end of the Rockaways, running along the peninsula, crossing Jamaica bay, and meeting at the Verrazano Narrows. The levee is habitable. Not only does it allow the protection of buildings otherwise at risk, it increases the stock of waterfront residences and commercial spaces, and improves public transit connections to the rest of the city.
The project is published in Waterproofing New York (UR, 2016), edited by Denise Hoffman Brandt and Catherine Seavitt Nordenson.