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Parks Department celebrates 500 New Trees, as More are Uprooted from East River Park

Last modified January 6, 2021 at 10:44 pm

Replacement greenery is on the way for the Lower East Side. At the tail end of last year, the Parks Department celebrated the 500th tree planted on the Lower East Side as part of the ongoing East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project. This is the halfway mark of the larger plan to plant 1,000 trees […]

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

Posted December 1, 2020 at 5:06 am

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 […]

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Ubiquitous Flyers Finger Mayor and CM Rivera as ‘Destroyers’ of East River Park

Posted November 17, 2020 at 5:05 am

Opponents of the city’s billion-dollar East Side Coastal Resilience project flyposted hundreds of flyers around the neighborhood over the weekend. The imagery includes profiles of Mayor de Blasio and Councilwoman Carolina Rivera, accusing them both of being “destroyers” of East River Park, and endangering the neighborhood. These bills appear everywhere from the Bowery to the […]

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The Glitzy Dog Run in Corlears Hook Park

Posted November 3, 2020 at 5:03 am

Coming soon to Corlears Hook Park is probably the most snazzy dog run anywhere downtown. Some four years in the making, the new neighborhood dog run is set to debut in the next couple weeks. Little more than one year after work on the project began. The overall design – as finalized by the Parks […]

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CB3 Full Board Backs Restoration of Historic East River Park Buildings

Posted November 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

The proposal to protect endangered structures in East River Park ahead of the controversial resiliency project gained a significant boost last week. The entirety of Community Board 3 supported the plan, raised by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, which would restore the 72-year-old Art Deco Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station. The resolution […]

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Good News/Bad News for East River Park [OP-ED]

Posted October 30, 2020 at 5:07 am

The following editorial was written by Pat Arnow, a photographer and writer on the Lower East Side who helped found East River Park Action in 2019.  East River Park will remain entirely open and untouched by construction through the end of the year. The latest delay in the massive flood control project – the $1.45 […]

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Start of $1.45B East River Park Resiliency Project Delayed

Last modified October 22, 2020 at 9:37 am

The planned demolition of East River Park for the new coastal resiliency project is delayed, the city recently revealed. The initial scope of the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project pegged a start date of September 2020, when areas of the coastline would be roped off ahead of construction. That was the plan through […]

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Trees in East River Park Marked for ‘Demolition’

Posted October 20, 2020 at 5:08 am

Over a thousand trees will be uprooted later this fall when the city commences its demolition and redevelopment of East River Park. Faux demolition flyers now dot the park to raise awareness of the impending arborcide for the controversial resiliency project. The bright-red bills announce trees as “marked for demolition by the mayor and City […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Grassroots Plan to Save Historic East River Park Buildings

Last modified October 19, 2020 at 5:13 pm

An ambitious grassroots proposal to rehabilitate two endangered East River Park structures received backing from Community Board 3 last week. As previously reported, two Art Deco gems rooted in East River Park were recently deemed eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Both the […]

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit, Clearing Way for East River Park Resiliency Project

Posted August 24, 2020 at 5:00 am

The destruction and redevelopment of East River Park will move forward, as one thorny legal hurdle was cleared last week. New York Supreme Court Judge Melissa Crane on Thursday dismissed a grassroots lawsuit challenging the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project, which will overhaul a swath of Lower East Side coastline to protect the […]

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