East River Park

Stringer Punts on East Side Coastal Resilience Contract

Last modified July 30, 2021 at 1:46 pm

For advocates of East River Park, a brief reprieve. City Comptroller, and former mayoral candidate Scott Stringer did not sign the $1.2 billion construction contract with IPC Resiliency Partners that would kickstart city funding for the East Side Coastal Resilience project. It apparently boils down to missing info and the review period having elapsed. “As […]

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An Open Letter to Scott Stringer: Save East River Park

Last modified July 26, 2021 at 7:59 am

The following open letter was penned by Lower East Sider Kim Sillen. Dear Comptroller Stringer, Ten years ago, you were a terrific advocate for the Grand Street neighborhood on the Lower East Side, when you helped Friends of Gulick Park secure funding for the renovation of this small park that lies at the intersection of […]

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Elected Officials Act Like Only the Wealthy are Entitled to Open Green Space [OP-ED]

Posted July 9, 2021 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos, an East Village resident. Governor Cuomo recently unveiled his plans for an Essential Workers Monument at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The “Circle of Heroes” would honor the essential workers who carried the City through the pandemic. While the intent is honorable, it would require destroying […]

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City Claims to Preserve East River Park Amphitheater and Allow LES Ecology Center Composting to Remain

Last modified June 14, 2021 at 8:23 pm

With the massive East Side Coastal Resiliency Project underway, the city last week announced additional funding to preserve the East River Park amphitheater, and allow the Lower East Side Ecology Center to keep its compost footprint inside the park. City officials announced the cash infusion to save the eroded bandshell – erected in 1941 – […]

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Elected Officials Ignore Mom’s Plea to Stop the City from Destroying East River Park [OP-ED]

Last modified April 22, 2021 at 10:39 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos, an East Village resident. There is a crisis right now in New York City. The limited green space we have is under attack, and even a global climate crisis and pandemic won’t stop the City from destroying it. I live near East River Park, the only meaningful green […]

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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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