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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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In About-Face, Mayor Decides to Keep Half of East River Park Open During Resiliency Upgrade

Posted October 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

The weight of community pressure paid off, as Mayor de Blasio yesterday announced a change to the East Side Coastal Resiliency plan project. Specifically, amending the plan for the upcoming closure of East River Park. And it happened mere days after Mayor de Blasio toured the coastline. Instead of closing down all 45 acres to […]

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City Planning Approves Controversial East River Park Resiliency Plan

Last modified September 24, 2019 at 7:08 am

The billion-dollar plan to bury and rebuild East River Park as part of a new coastal resiliency plan won approval from the City Planning Commission last night. The proberbial green light comes amidst vehement opposition by locals who will be without this open space for at least the next three-and-a-half years. Protestors were in attendance […]

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Today in News About Trying Out for the Local Quidditch Squad

Posted August 23, 2019 at 5:07 am

Yes, you read it right. There are tryouts this weekend for the local Quidditch team. The Tri-State team and its second string squad, respectively The Warriors and Rogues, are holding a recruiting session in East River Park tomorrow morning at 10:30am. The group is part of the official US Quidditch league. For the uninitiated, the […]

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Serious Questions Remain as East River Resiliency Project Heads to Manhattan Borough President

Last modified July 17, 2019 at 9:08 am

The following first post was written by native Lower East Sider, Aidan Elias, who works to document the area’s rapid development. Back in mid-May, the Parks Department shared a presentation with the Community Board 3 Parks subcommittee regarding the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. (The ESCR project is the city’s flood protection plan which will […]

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Woman Jumps to Her Death from LES High-Rise

Posted June 26, 2019 at 5:05 am

A woman jumped to her death earlier this week from a Lower East Side high-rise. Shortly after 4pm Monday afternoon, the unidentified woman reportedly leaped from the sixteenth floor window in Building 4 of the East River Housing Corp. (aka Co-op Village). We’re told she was in her late-50’s. Emergency personnel responded to the purported […]

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