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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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Sportfishing in Manhattan, Circa 1981

Posted April 23, 2021 at 5:09 am

Revisiting a 1981 article about sportfishing in Manhattan. Do these same fishing spots still hold up today?

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Elected Officials Ignore Mom’s Plea to Stop the City from Destroying East River Park [OP-ED]

Last modified April 22, 2021 at 10:39 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos, an East Village resident. There is a crisis right now in New York City. The limited green space we have is under attack, and even a global climate crisis and pandemic won’t stop the City from destroying it. I live near East River Park, the only meaningful green […]

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Pedestrian Bridge Decay in Corlears Hook Park?

Last modified April 20, 2021 at 3:16 pm

Strange things afoot. For a few days in mid-March, the pedestrian bridge connecting Corlears Hook Park to the East River greenway was closed off. No explanation; just cones and netting. Neighbors claimed that the bridge itself was crumbling, and that concrete debris fell onto the FDR roadway below. However, after a few days closed to […]

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City Officially Breaks Ground on $1.45B East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

Posted April 16, 2021 at 5:00 am

After an initial delay, the contested $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency Project is set to break ground in the coming days. All against a backdrop of legal filings and vociferous community opposition. “Building a recovery for all of us means fighting climate change and investing in resilient communities,” Mayor de Blasio stated in a […]

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