Bette Midler Tweets Opposition to$1.45B East River Park Resiliency Plan

Posted on: July 14th, 2020 at 5:04 am by

May 2019, Photo: Elena Robledo

Coronavirus be damned, it appears the city is still on course to begin destruction of the East River Park this fall. And Bette Midler is not happy.

“The idea of destroying parkland during a pandemic, where people are desperate for open space is insane,” the superstar singer tweeted to her 1.7 million followers last night, along with a link to the East River Park ACTION website. This grassroots group is bent on stymying the city’s sudden about-face from the original “Big U” plan to this $1.45 billion proposal two years ago.

“New York City is planning to destroy the beloved East River Park down on the Lower East Side, starting this fall, if we don’t make some noise,” she continued in a call to action.

Photo: DDC

As previously reported, the East Side Coastal Resiliency (official name) will take a minimum of five years to complete, and is intended to strengthen coastal resiliency between Montgomery and 25th Streets. It’ll be implemented on a two-phase schedule. So, rather than closing the entire park, area residents will have access to roughly half the park. Initial work commences sometime in September, and will remain ongoing through 2023. But swaths of space from Delancey to Houston Streets will remain open.

Despite vociferous criticism from Lower East Side locals, city officials maintain that this revised version better protects East River Park as sea levels continue to rise due to climate change.

Recent Stories

Unprovoked Stabbing on Worth Street has Chinatown on Edge

In an apparently random attack yesterday evening, a 36-year-old Chinese man was stabbed in the back, and severely injured, by Brooklyn resident Salman Muflihi. The attacker wielded an eight-inch knife in the incident outside the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse on Worth Street, then surrendered at the entrance of the Manhattan DA’s office on Hogan Place. […]

Uncapped: In Conversation with Clayton Patterson and Cochise

Oh hey, Boogie Faithful, it’s your favorite historian here announcing our new graf-related podcast. We’ve done a few episodes, literally, and for the latest, Clayton Patterson has come out of his Boogie corner. We chatted, we laughed, we discussed some esoteric, anecdotal and priceless Lower East Side history. Local native and artist Jose “Cochise” Quiles also […]

Jing Fong Waiters Urge Landlord to Reinstate Dining Room

Chinatown shook to its core last weekend upon news that Jing Fong is closing down its massive dining room next week (March 7). The restaurant will continue operating as a ghost kitchen to fulfill orders for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on its patio. They’re reportedly on a month-to-month lease. “With our drastic decline in […]

Small Business Owners ‘Permanently Close’ to Demand COVID Relief

Local small business groups, along with the Cooper Square Committee, East Village Community Coalition, and Village Preservation are hosting a rally today in the name of economic survival. It’s part of a statewide week of activism to find commercial rent relief in the city. With that, businesses who fear forever closure due to rent burdens […]

Fired Laundry Workers Accuse Liox Cleaners of ‘Union Busting’

The Liox Cleaners chain is facing a raft of opposition in the wake of alleged “union busting.” Tuesday afternoon saw the first of two picketing actions outside the Allen Street location, just north of Delancey. According to the distributed literature, “On February 19, the Liox laundry chain fired the immigrant woman workers of the Wash […]