Locals File Lawsuit to Block East River Park Demolition Ahead of Coastal Resiliency Project

Posted on: February 6th, 2020 at 5:06 am by

Photo: Susan Loeb

Local activists are fighting back against the city’s revised $1.45 billion coastal resiliency plan. Undertaking this reconstruction requires closure of East River Park, something locals have been battling since the 180 from the so-called “Big U.”

Now, the grassroots organization, East River Park ACTION, is stepping up the pressure with a forthcoming “Alienation of Parkland” lawsuit. They will announce the legal action at a press conference today.

The lawsuit, also on behalf of ninety other unnamed plaintiffs, is spearheaded by Arthur Z. Schwartz of Advocates for Justice.

Photo: DDC

More from the mailer:

The $1.45 billion flood control project will destroy the largest park south of Central Park starting in fall 2020. It will take at least three years (but likely much longer considering city’s history with park construction) to secure the neighborhood from storm surges.

Thousands of park users have demanded immediate interim flood protection and a revision of the plan to cause minimal destruction of the park.

The mayor and the New York City Council support the current East Side Coastal Resiliency plan despite vast neighborhood opposition.

“We have to sue to stop this plan. It’s clearly a violation of state law to destroy the park,” says Charles Krezell, who organized the legal efforts with East River Park ACTION, a grassroots neighborhood group.

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