East River Park

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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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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Tanahey Hockey Rink on Cherry Street to be Removed and Replaced with Turf

Posted July 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

Parks along the Lower East Side coastline are now receiving upgrades due to the city’s billion-dollar resiliency project that will close East River Park for at least 3.5 years. The additional cash injection of $28 million includes a variety of improvements, including turf fields, updated courts and jungle gyms, and planting of roughly 1,000 new […]

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110-Year-Old LES Bathhouse Deemed Unstable, to be Demolished for Turf Field

Posted February 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

The LaGuardia Bathhouse, a Lower East Side relic abandoned since the 1970s, is to be demolished in the coming months, and replaced with a new playing field. The city quietly determined in mid-December that the crumbling building, situated alongside the Little Flower Playground on Madison Street, is not structurally sound and at risk of collapse. […]

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At the ‘Wild Style’ 35th Anniversary Party [PHOTOS]

Last modified August 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Seminal street film, Wild Style, celebrated its 35th anniversary last night with a special fete on the Lower East Side. The reunion-slash-homecoming was part of Summerstage, and took place at the East River bandshell, site of the classic final performance scene in the film. Director Charlie Ahearn was master of ceremonies; DJ Funk Flex is […]

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Probably Best Not to Drive Your Porsche onto the FDR Bike Path [PHOTOS]

Posted August 1, 2018 at 5:08 am

A tipster snapped a shot of this crashed Porsche Cayenne on the FDR, near the Con Edison power plant early Friday morning. The luxury sports car was trapped between the rails on the adjacent bike path, but it was unclear how it became wedged there. In a maneuver to avoid traffic, the unknown motorist reportedly […]

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Frustration Mounts Over Another Pier 35 Delay and Incomplete ‘Rutgers Pavilion’

Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:12 am

The fact that Pier 35 and the adjacent Package 4 of the waterfront are not complete at this juncture is a total joke. Both components of the overall waterfront plan are way past due date, angering locals who are tired of constant setbacks and pitfalls. The new, revised, updated, pushed-back date is now pegged for […]

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DOT Begins Replacement of Deteriorating FDR Overpass at East Houston Street

Posted January 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

The highly-trafficked bridge above the FDR at East Houston Street is ready for rehab. It’s been deteriorating for years and is due for an upgrade. The Department of Transportation is finally making good on that fourteen-month-old promise to the community. The sixty-year-old overpass – located at the eastern terminus of Houston – is always a […]

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Suspected East River Park Rapist Paul Niles Turns Himself in

Posted November 29, 2015 at 8:28 am

The man accused of raping and robbing a 26-year-old jogger in East River Park on Wednesday evening was arrested yesterday afternoon. Suspected rapist, 28-year-old Brooklyn resident Paul Niles, turned himself in  to police and faces charges of first-degree rape, second-degree robbery, and third-degree identity theft. Per the NYPD: The victim was jogging in East River Park, in […]

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East River Park Rape Suspect Identified as Paul Niles, Police Still in Pursuit

Last modified November 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

Police identified the suspect behind the rape of a 26-year-old woman in East River Park Wednesday evening. 28-year-old Paul Niles, described as being a 5’9″ male weighing 200 pounds, remains at large with NYPD still in pursuit. His purported usage of the victim’s credit card at a nearby bodega after the crime is likely what […]

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