East River

The Paths to ‘Pier 42’ Are Rife with Delays, but Shed will Be Demolished this Fall

Posted June 30, 2017 at 9:33 am

It’s a textbook example of hurry up and wait. Despite landing $12 million back in March 2016 (on top of the initial $16 million earmarked), no amount of politicking seems to speed up the stalled Pier 42 project. If you recall, it was first announced in 2012, and the initial timeline provided by landscape architect Mathews Nielsen was completion in […]

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Busted Exercise Equipment on East River Esplanade Finally Replaced by the City

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:09 am

It just wasn’t built to last, and now, reinforcements… Replacements for the heavily-used exercise equipment near the mouth of Pier 35 are finally here. Parks Department workers were spotted installing the new machines yesterday afternoon, much to the delight of locals. Indeed, it’s been a long time coming. Pretty much since debut in February 2015, […]

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Five Years Delayed, ‘Package 4’ of East River Esplanade Finally Ready to Proceed

Posted January 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

The war of attention between the city agencies is finally over. Package 4 of the East River Esplanade, already delayed five years, is ready to proceed. Gears are in motion to beautify the stretch of waterfront between Catherine Street and Pike Slip. In the end, it was a single, century-old length of subterranean piping that […]

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Years Behind Schedule, EDC Promises Pier 35 will be Complete in Fall 2017

Posted October 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

The city is so far behind on its commitment to the Lower East Side waterfront, what’s another year anyway? Nevertheless, the Economic Development Corporation promises that work on the years-delayed Pier 35 is set to resume in December (as in, two months) with a timetable of “Fall 2017” completion. So they say. Last night, a […]

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Completion of Long-Delayed Pier 35 is Nowhere in Sight

Posted September 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

“It’ll be at least another year before Pier 35 is finally complete,” read one of our headlines in July 2015. Those words still ring true today, as there really aren’t any updates to speak of. So, here we are, more than five years behind schedule with nothing to show for it except a footbridge, half-built […]

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As Another Section of East River Esplanade Nears Groundbreak, Locals Push to Keep the Skateboarders Out

Posted May 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Already three years behind schedule, the so-called “Package 4” of the East River Esplanade is back on track. Severe delays were reportedly much ado about archaic infrastructure beneath South Street and the lack of dry subterranean space, according to the Economic Development Corporation. City officials provided a status update to Community Board 3 last week […]

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Already Behind Schedule, It’ll be at Least Another Year Before Pier 35 is Finally Complete

Posted July 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

That futuristic (i.e. upper crust) re-imagination of Pier 35 is more than four years behind schedule. Don’t hold your breath for completion. lt’s gonna be at least another year before the park is open to the public. Late 2016. That’s the word, anyway, from the Economic Development Corp. which is in charge of the public […]

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Lower East Side Ecology Center is Holding Fishing Clinics All Summer

Posted June 19, 2015 at 5:17 am

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is reeling in residents for its series of catch-and-release fishing clinics scheduled throughout the summer at various locations along the East River. With the support from NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, experienced Rangers will teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of NYC waterways during each program. Bait and tackle is provided (you can […]

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Locals Are Sick of Skateboarders Grinding the Pier 35 Esplanade

Posted April 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Economic Development Corporation committed a surprising blunder with its design for the East River promenade near Rutgers Slip, at the entrance to Pier 35. And skateboarders are taking total advantage of the oversight. Upon its debut last year, the free open-air activity center beneath the FDR Drive quickly gained favor with the locals. Especially […]

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Constant Delays on Waterfront Spur Creation of ‘Friends of Pier 35’ Grassroots Group

Posted March 18, 2015 at 5:19 am

Don’t hold your breath for Pier 35. The capital works project to install an EcoPark right off Rutgers Slip is stalled out and unlikely to see the light of day for many years. As Rodney Dangerfield would say, “while we’re young!” According to the Economic Development Corporation – the city agency behind the initiative – […]

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