East River Park

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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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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