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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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Ode to the Doomed Trees of East River Park [OP-ED]

Posted August 13, 2020 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by Lower East Sider, Barbara Katz Rothman. There’s something truly sad about the sight of a dead tree. Look at that photo of the tree killed by the storm last week. We think of trees and use them as metaphors, so often, even by “urban types” like me who actually prefer city skylines […]

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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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