East River Park

Disaster Squared: Coronavirus and Hurricanes Poses Deadly Threat to Lower East Side [OP-ED]

Posted May 28, 2020 at 5:03 am

The following editorial is written by Pat Arnow. For more than a year, the city has been ignoring solid community opposition to a massive flood control project that will demolish East River Park, and do the opposite. Now, with a furious hurricane season predicted, not listening could prove dire for these unwealthy sections of the […]

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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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NYPD Dispatches Cruisers with Creepy ‘Social Distancing’ PSA

Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:02 am

The NYPD is now dispatching its fleet with audio messages to warn folks about keeping a safe distance from others during the COVID-19 shutdown. Chief of Patrol for the force, Fausto Pichardo, tweeted the below video of the police cruiser rolling down (soon to be demolished) East River Park yesterday evening. The bullhorn blared a […]

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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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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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Coleman Playground Gets Upgrades Ahead of East River Park Closure

Posted August 23, 2019 at 5:03 am

Coleman Playground, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, is another of the parks along the Lower East Side coastline receiving upgrades due to the city’s billion-dollar resiliency project. As a result, East River Park will close for at least 3.5 years. The displaced open area is being redistributed to these other parks, with an […]

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Demolition of 1909 LaGuardia Bathhouse is Underway

Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s been standing on the Lower East Side for 110 years. And now it’s coming down. Brick by antique brick. The long-dormant LaGuardia Bathhouse, situated just off Madison Street near the Little Flower Playground, is currently undergoing demolition. All because the city decided to change up its coastal resiliency plan that results in the closure […]

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