DDC Seeks Students and Local Artists to Beautify the Eyesore of East Side Resiliency Project

Posted on: August 24th, 2021 at 5:06 am by

Photo: Tommy Loeb, East River Park Action

Let the so-called art-washing begin.

The city is amidst a crowdsourcing campaign to find students and/or local artists who will decorate fencing erected for the controversial East Side Coastal Resiliency project.

This “Call for Art” is aimed at students from kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as local artists. Student winners earn $300 reward, while the local artists win $1,000.

It’s an apparent bid by the Department of Design and Construction to soften the years-long eyesore that awaits the neighborhood.

Indeed, at least five long years of construction are on the plate, intended to strengthen coastal resiliency between Montgomery and 25th Streets.

Work is expected to begin at East River Park sometime next month, where the city will uproot one thousand mature trees and raise the 46-acre green land with 8-10 feet of fill. Pushed through by lame duck Mayor de Blasio, who overruled Comptroller Stringer this month, allowing the billion-dollar project to proceed.

Construction is implemented on a two-phase schedule. So, rather than closing the entire park, area residents will have access to roughly half the park

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