City Finally Releases East River Park Resilience Study, but with Heavy Redactions
It took three years and the accompanying community pressure for the city to finally release a critical report on the East River Park reconstruction plan, which it initially claimed did not exist.
The Value Engineering Study, as it’s called, was the report Mayor de Blasio cited in 2018 when announcing the sudden change in the flood control plan for East River Park. This new resiliency approach – the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project – roughly doubles the cost and buries the entire park in eight feet of fill.
East River Park Action, the most vocal opponent of these plans, submitted a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to see said study, but the city initially stated the report didn’t exist. Then the group appealed, and last month the Office of Management and Budget finally released the three-year-old study. However, the report is heavily redacted.
For instance, among the blocked-out information is who worked on the study, along with a list of advantages and disadvantages of alternative construction plans. The latter seemingly outweighing the former.