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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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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Cops Saved East River Jumper at South Street this Week

Posted March 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

  Shortly before noon this past Tuesday, a woman purported to be in her forties, jumped into the East River from the esplanade at South Street and Pike Slip. NYPD told The Villager that the woman was all but dead when pulled from the frigid waters. However, officers from the Harbor Unit quickly responded and […]


Preview of Pier 42 Waterfront Park Space and Re-development

Last modified October 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

It was under crisp sunshine early yesterday afternoon that State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Parks Commish Bill Castro, and project manager Doug Nash collectively led an exclusive press preview of Pier 42.

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New Rutgers Slip Pavilion Seeking “Expressions of Interest”

Posted October 5, 2011 at 6:09 am

Dormant Lower East Side waterfront property along the East River is taking another turn toward redevelopment. Details after the jump!

Weekend Edition: January 30

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

[Photo Credit: Several Seconds]

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East River Park: Nearly Ten Years of Renovations

Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:14 am

When it comes to the East River Park promenade renovations, what’s another nine months in the scheme of things.  The project has been ongoing for nearly ten years already.  In that time, the city has opened select park parcels in a piecemeal fashion. The whole shebang should open by next July.  But let’s not get ahead […]

Fishing a Striped Bass from the East River

Posted May 17, 2010 at 6:27 am

To this day, the East River carries a stigma of being a disgustingly dirty sewage dump.  Old stereotypes die hard. Nevertheless, on any given day, fishermen line the east side bulkheads to try their luck at some food.  Little did we know that Stripers tend to populate these waters in mass during the spring months. […]