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DIY Banner Hung Above FDR Drive in Tribute to George Floyd

Last modified June 2, 2020 at 10:37 am

Whenever an event of significance hits the news, neighbors can easily expect a new banner unfurled on the Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR. Indeed, for the third time in as many months, a new message. “I can’t breathe,” a tribute to George Floyd, for whom these were final words. While being placed in […]

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Fires, Looting, Unrest: Scenes from a Day of George Floyd Protests on the Lower East Side

Last modified May 31, 2020 at 12:07 pm

On May 25, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill. Police arrested the 46-year-old black man, with one white officer pinning his knee into the suspect’s neck for eight minutes. Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after being taken into custody. This deadly response has plunged the country into unrest, sparking […]

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Lower East Siders Say ‘Trump is the Virus’

Posted May 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

The Delancey Street footbridge above the FDR Drive most recently celebrated first-responders in the coronavirus crisis. Now, it has returned to a familiar use. Lambasting President Trump. “Trump = the Virus,” this latest banner reads.

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Another Show of Love for City First Responders Now Hangs Above the FDR

Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:17 am

The Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR is a popular place to make a statement. Many a banner has hung from this chain-link fencing. And now, it’s adoration for the city’s first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday morning, a handwritten sheet appeared on the bridge with the message – “NYC loves RNs + […]

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City Removes Basketball Hoops from East River Park to Deter Group Activity During Outbreak

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:03 am

It’s a full court press. The city is trying to deter people who continue to congregate for group activity in local parks. Specifically, the basketball courts, which have seen a relative surge in players flouting the “social distancing” mandate during the COVID-19 shutdown. “There will not be any basketball games because there will not be […]

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Locals File Lawsuit to Block East River Park Demolition Ahead of Coastal Resiliency Project

Posted February 6, 2020 at 5:06 am

Local activists are fighting back against the city’s revised $1.45 billion coastal resiliency plan. Undertaking this reconstruction requires closure of East River Park, something locals have been battling since the 180 from the so-called “Big U.” Now, the grassroots organization, East River Park ACTION, is stepping up the pressure with a forthcoming “Alienation of Parkland” […]

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Destruction of the LES Ecology Center’s Compost Yard is Folly [OP-ED]

Posted January 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

This editorial is drawn from a letter to the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, as written by East River Park Action, a local group composed of longtime Lower East Side residents and sustainability professionals. We are really shocked to learn that Mayor de Blasio is planning to destroy the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s (LESC) compost […]

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LES Ecology Center Compost Program in Danger of Being Bulldozed Due to Resiliency Project

Last modified January 9, 2020 at 10:23 am

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is fighting to save its compost program in the face of the revised $1.45 billion coastal resiliency project. As previously noted, the city changed the overall timetable to a tiered structure. So, rather than closing the entire park, the project will happen in phases starting next fall with a […]

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What Can We Learn from the Deltares Coastal Resiliency Report?

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:06 am

The short answer is – not much. Last week, the city released the Deltares Report, a 68-page review of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project that had been commissioned by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Carlina Rivera in early September. The summary describes it as a “review of the concerns surrounding the ESCR […]

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East River Resiliency Timeline is Changed, but Where the Hell is the Deltares Report?

Posted October 4, 2019 at 5:06 am

The following Bowery Boogie guest piece was written by contributor Aidan Elias. On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio announced an about-face with regard to timetable of the revised East Side Coastal Resiliency plan. A switch to construction work in phases to avoid full closure of the public amenity. This “concession,” one of many that community […]

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