East River Park

City Officially Breaks Ground on $1.45B East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

Posted April 16, 2021 at 5:00 am

After an initial delay, the contested $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency Project is set to break ground in the coming days. All against a backdrop of legal filings and vociferous community opposition. “Building a recovery for all of us means fighting climate change and investing in resilient communities,” Mayor de Blasio stated in a […]

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Activists File Lawsuit Against City Over Redacted East River Park Report

Posted April 6, 2021 at 5:10 am

A slew of waterfront advocates are turning the screws to stop the destruction of East River Park. East River Park ACTION, the Grand Street Democrats club and a gaggle of political candidates and local activists filed a lawsuit on Friday (April 2) against Mayor de Blasio, demanding that the redacted passages of the Value Engineering […]

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City Council Chair on Resiliency Committee Demands Non-Redacted East River Park Resiliency Report

Posted April 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

It took three years and the accompanying community pressure for the city to finally release a critical report on the East River Park reconstruction plan, which it initially claimed did not exist. The heavily redacted output made available to the public is now under even more intense scrutiny. The Value Engineering Study, as it’s called, […]

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East River Park Advocates Appeal Redacted Resiliency Engineering Report

Posted March 8, 2021 at 5:03 am

In a late-day mailer yesterday, East River Park advocates announced an appeal of the heavily redacted Value Engineering Study, the report Mayor de Blasio cited in 2018 when announcing the sudden change in the flood control plan. East River Park ACTION attorney Jack Lester sent an appeal on March 2 to the City’s Department of […]

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City Finally Releases East River Park Resilience Study, but with Heavy Redactions

Last modified March 3, 2021 at 10:55 am

It took three years and the accompanying community pressure for the city to finally release a critical report on the East River Park reconstruction plan, which it initially claimed did not exist. The Value Engineering Study, as it’s called, was the report Mayor de Blasio cited in 2018 when announcing the sudden change in the […]

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Parks Department celebrates 500 New Trees, as More are Uprooted from East River Park

Last modified January 6, 2021 at 10:44 pm

Replacement greenery is on the way for the Lower East Side. At the tail end of last year, the Parks Department celebrated the 500th tree planted on the Lower East Side as part of the ongoing East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project. This is the halfway mark of the larger plan to plant 1,000 trees […]

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LES Ecology Center to Headquarter in Seward Park During East Side Resilience Project

Posted December 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

With the fate of East River Park all but sealed in the face of the $1.45 billion coastal resilience project, the Lower East Side Ecology Center hangs in the balance. But an historic local park is coming to the rescue. Seward Park, the first municipal park in the country, is stepping up to host the […]

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East Side Coastal Resilience Project Begins with Closure of Asser Levy Park

Posted December 1, 2020 at 5:06 am

The $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resilience Project is now underway, commencing with the partial closure of Asser Levy Playground near East 23rd Street. Plywood fencing arrived onsite shortly before Thanksgiving. Its placement signals the beginning of demolition work onsite. However, the park space isn’t completely sealed. During this initial phase, the handball and track […]

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Ubiquitous Flyers Finger Mayor and CM Rivera as ‘Destroyers’ of East River Park

Posted November 17, 2020 at 5:05 am

Opponents of the city’s billion-dollar East Side Coastal Resilience project flyposted hundreds of flyers around the neighborhood over the weekend. The imagery includes profiles of Mayor de Blasio and Councilwoman Carolina Rivera, accusing them both of being “destroyers” of East River Park, and endangering the neighborhood. These bills appear everywhere from the Bowery to the […]

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Good News/Bad News for East River Park [OP-ED]

Posted October 30, 2020 at 5:07 am

The following editorial was written by Pat Arnow, a photographer and writer on the Lower East Side who helped found East River Park Action in 2019.  East River Park will remain entirely open and untouched by construction through the end of the year. The latest delay in the massive flood control project – the $1.45 […]

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