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East River Esplanade at Pier 35 Gets New Seating Arrangements

Posted February 5, 2018 at 5:03 am

A slew of new seating options is now available along the East River Esplanade by the entrance to Pier 35. Wood-and-steel benches are currently being installed at the perimeter railing, facing the Brooklyn side. Part of the exercise pitch was also seized for this purpose. Pier 35, meanwhile, isn’t much closer to delivery, despite some […]

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Sleepwalker Survives 8-Story Fall out of LES Window

Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:10 am

You may have seen this story making the rounds… Call it a miracle. A sleepwalking man plunged from the eighth-floor window of his girlfriend’s Lower East Side apartment this past Sunday morning, and survived with relatively minor injuries. The scaffolding below reportedly broke his fall. And bones in his body. According to published reports, 35-year-old […]

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There Was a Major Water Main Break on South Street Yesterday

Last modified January 10, 2018 at 7:52 am

Yesterday afternoon, a water main broke beneath the pavement of South Street, right at the intersection of Rutgers Slip. The flooding was the second such water main bust in the vicinity within the last few days, behind Sunday’s incident at Madison and Clinton. The scene of the flood yesterday was eerily reminiscent of the days […]

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The East River is Freezing Over [PHOTOS]

Posted January 8, 2018 at 5:12 am

Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures and the East River is packed with ice floes. The waterway is freezing around the edges and bouncing with the tide – on both sides. Although, not quite as dramatic as those reports from the nineteenth century when a land-bridge was created from a frozen East River. For instance, in […]

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City Council Passes Bill for Increased ‘Urban Renewal’ Transparency

Posted December 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

Earlier this week, City Council unanimously voted to pass legislation that would require the City to provide public access to urban renewal plans, which have been changing the real estate landscape of New York City for decades. Intro 1533-A, sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to […]

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Pier 42’s Rusted-out Shed is Getting Demolished

Last modified December 14, 2017 at 8:09 am

The existing shed sitting atop Pier 42 is undergoing demolition. It’s the first major step, albeit years behind schedule, toward the rehabilitation and development of the waterfront park. Indeed, the capital works project has been on the boards for five years with little to show for it but “interim programming” during warmer months. Revival is […]

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Bill to Halt Lower East Side Supertall Towers Passes City Council

Posted November 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

It’s the eleventh hour, and incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin is pulling out all the stops. Her bill to curtail Two Bridges supertalls by JDS, CIM & L+M, and the Starrett Group gained a significant step this week, mere days from the highly-anticipated general election. Enter, once again, “Intro 1685.” Earlier this week at the Land […]

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Pier 35 Gets ‘High Water Mark’ Plaque on 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Posted October 30, 2017 at 5:08 am

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the city last Friday unveiled a “High Water Mark” sign at the foot of Pier 35. It was here – on October 29, 2012 – that the East River surged five feet onto the promenade and subsequently flooded the entire area of what was then […]

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Pier 35 Screenwall Takes Shape After Years of Delays [PHOTOS]

Posted October 25, 2017 at 5:03 am

Five months after heavy-duty work resumed at Pier 35, the park is starting to take shape. Little by little. The basic framework is in place for the so-called “screenwall” that will shield the new park from the adjacent Department of Sanitation-operated pier. Other design elements such as foot bridge and decorative stones are also installed. […]

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CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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