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LES Ecology Center Composting Returns

Posted July 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

Despite the lockdown, the LES Ecology Center remains the only community connection for composting in Manhattan (south of 100th Street). Over 150 drop off locations have suspended operations in the wake of COVID-19, but the East River Park Compost Yard and E 7th St Community Garden are now accepting food scrap drop-offs during the pandemic. […]

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Bette Midler Tweets Opposition to$1.45B East River Park Resiliency Plan

Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

Coronavirus be damned, it appears the city is still on course to begin destruction of the East River Park this fall. And Bette Midler is not happy. “The idea of destroying parkland during a pandemic, where people are desperate for open space is insane,” the superstar singer tweeted to her 1.7 million followers last night, […]

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Does Anyone Actually Believe the East River Park Resiliency Project will Only Last 5 Years? [OP-ED]

Posted June 24, 2020 at 5:09 am

The following editorial was written by Lower East Sider, Barbara Katz Rothman. How long was five years when you were a child?  From when you learned to walk until the end of kindergarten?  From the kid you were at three until the end of third grade? From that ten-year-old adorable kid in the photo sitting […]

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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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