East Side Coastal Resilience Project Begins with Closure of Asser Levy Park

Posted on: December 1st, 2020 at 5:06 am by

Photo: Tommy Loeb

The $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resilience Project is now underway, commencing with the partial closure of Asser Levy Playground near East 23rd Street.

Plywood fencing arrived onsite shortly before Thanksgiving. Its placement signals the beginning of demolition work onsite.

However, the park space isn’t completely sealed. During this initial phase, the handball and track amenities will remain accessible to the public. Bikeway rerouting is also on the way.

Burying and rebuilding Stuyvesant Cove and Murphy Brothers Playground areas will follow in 2021 and 2022 respectively to “minimize” the effects of park closures on the surrounding community.

Meanwhile, construction on the ribbon to the south – East River Park (aka Project Area 2) – was previously delayed until early next year.

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