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Coastal Resiliency Project Forces Lower East Side Ecology Center Compost Yard to Staten Island

Posted October 20, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Lower East Side Ecology Center has its walking papers. The local nonprofit is amidst a move, relocating the East River compost yard it called home for the last two decades. Over the last week or so, the 22-year-old compost yard was dismantled, as the East Side Coastal Resilience Project is set to break ground […]

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City Should Protect LES Heritage by Preserving 1939-Era East River Park Buildings [OP-ED]

Posted October 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

The following editorial was written by Richard Moses, president of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative. Last Friday, the City’s East Side Coastal Resiliency team sent out its final report (i.e. Amended Programmatic Agreement) on the East River Park’s historic Art Deco Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station, two beautiful architectural gems that were […]

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

Posted August 24, 2021 at 5:06 am

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 […]

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Mayor Overrules Comptroller to Ensure Billion-Dollar East Side Resilience Project Moves Forward

Posted August 12, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Mayor is apparently hell-bent on seeing through the billion-dollar East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. His office just overruled the City Comptroller’s determination to temporarily halt funding of the contract. You’ll recall that Comptroller Stringer sent the contract back to the Department of Design and Construction due to outstanding issues including the contractor’s (IPC Resiliency […]

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Stringer Punts on East Side Coastal Resilience Contract

Last modified July 30, 2021 at 1:46 pm

For advocates of East River Park, a brief reprieve. City Comptroller, and former mayoral candidate Scott Stringer did not sign the $1.2 billion construction contract with IPC Resiliency Partners that would kickstart city funding for the East Side Coastal Resilience project. It apparently boils down to missing info and the review period having elapsed. “As […]

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An Open Letter to Scott Stringer: Save East River Park

Last modified July 26, 2021 at 7:59 am

The following open letter was penned by Lower East Sider Kim Sillen. Dear Comptroller Stringer, Ten years ago, you were a terrific advocate for the Grand Street neighborhood on the Lower East Side, when you helped Friends of Gulick Park secure funding for the renovation of this small park that lies at the intersection of […]

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Elected Officials Act Like Only the Wealthy are Entitled to Open Green Space [OP-ED]

Posted July 9, 2021 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos, an East Village resident. Governor Cuomo recently unveiled his plans for an Essential Workers Monument at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The “Circle of Heroes” would honor the essential workers who carried the City through the pandemic. While the intent is honorable, it would require destroying […]

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Renovated Corlears Hook Park Bathhouse Unveiled After Decades-Long Dormancy

Last modified July 2, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Time for some toilet talk. After two decades of closure, the public at large finally has access again to the bathrooms inside Corlears Hook Park. The rather quiet reopening earlier this week is actually years in the making. Until now, the 1940s-era Corlears bathhouse footprint served as the citywide headquarters for the Parks Enforcement Patrol. […]

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City Claims to Preserve East River Park Amphitheater and Allow LES Ecology Center Composting to Remain

Last modified June 14, 2021 at 8:23 pm

With the massive East Side Coastal Resiliency Project underway, the city last week announced additional funding to preserve the East River Park amphitheater, and allow the Lower East Side Ecology Center to keep its compost footprint inside the park. City officials announced the cash infusion to save the eroded bandshell – erected in 1941 – […]

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The ‘Plus Pool’ Might Soon be a Reality off Two Bridges Coastline

Posted May 10, 2021 at 5:05 am

More than ten years in the making, a daring pool pitch is a lap closer to reality in the East River. Just in time for a slate of new luxury skyscrapers. The so-called Plus Pool (stylized +POOL), that intriguing self-filtering swimming pool, will park in the Two Bridges neighborhood in the not-so-distant future, according to […]

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