East River Park

Start of $1.45B East River Park Resiliency Project Delayed

Last modified October 22, 2020 at 9:37 am

The planned demolition of East River Park for the new coastal resiliency project is delayed, the city recently revealed. The initial scope of the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project pegged a start date of September 2020, when areas of the coastline would be roped off ahead of construction. That was the plan through […]

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Trees in East River Park Marked for ‘Demolition’

Posted October 20, 2020 at 5:08 am

Over a thousand trees will be uprooted later this fall when the city commences its demolition and redevelopment of East River Park. Faux demolition flyers now dot the park to raise awareness of the impending arborcide for the controversial resiliency project. The bright-red bills announce trees as “marked for demolition by the mayor and City […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Grassroots Plan to Save Historic East River Park Buildings

Last modified October 19, 2020 at 5:13 pm

An ambitious grassroots proposal to rehabilitate two endangered East River Park structures received backing from Community Board 3 last week. As previously reported, two Art Deco gems rooted in East River Park were recently deemed eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Both the […]

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New Exercise Equipment Arrives for Pier 35 Esplanade

Posted October 8, 2020 at 5:03 am

The Pier 35 waterfront on the Lower East Side is finally getting more attention. One year after the debut of the long-delayed public space, the city last week unveiled additional community amenities in the so-called “Package 4” zone. Just west of the Sanitation shed at Pike Slip and South Street, there are now a dozen […]

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit, Clearing Way for East River Park Resiliency Project

Posted August 24, 2020 at 5:00 am

The destruction and redevelopment of East River Park will move forward, as one thorny legal hurdle was cleared last week. New York Supreme Court Judge Melissa Crane on Thursday dismissed a grassroots lawsuit challenging the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project, which will overhaul a swath of Lower East Side coastline to protect the […]

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Ode to the Doomed Trees of East River Park [OP-ED]

Posted August 13, 2020 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by Lower East Sider, Barbara Katz Rothman. There’s something truly sad about the sight of a dead tree. Look at that photo of the tree killed by the storm last week. We think of trees and use them as metaphors, so often, even by “urban types” like me who actually prefer city skylines […]

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Threatened East River Park Buildings Recognized for Architectural Distinction

Posted July 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

The following guest post was written by Deborah Wye, a member of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative board of directors. Two East River Park Art Deco gems were recently deemed eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Both the Track House near […]

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Bette Midler Tweets Opposition to$1.45B East River Park Resiliency Plan

Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

Coronavirus be damned, it appears the city is still on course to begin destruction of the East River Park this fall. And Bette Midler is not happy. “The idea of destroying parkland during a pandemic, where people are desperate for open space is insane,” the superstar singer tweeted to her 1.7 million followers last night, […]

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Does Anyone Actually Believe the East River Park Resiliency Project will Only Last 5 Years? [OP-ED]

Posted June 24, 2020 at 5:09 am

The following editorial was written by Lower East Sider, Barbara Katz Rothman. How long was five years when you were a child?  From when you learned to walk until the end of kindergarten?  From the kid you were at three until the end of third grade? From that ten-year-old adorable kid in the photo sitting […]

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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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