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Sportfishing in Manhattan, Circa 1981

Posted April 23, 2021 at 5:09 am

Revisiting a 1981 article about sportfishing in Manhattan. Do these same fishing spots still hold up today?

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The Glitzy Dog Run in Corlears Hook Park

Posted November 3, 2020 at 5:03 am

Coming soon to Corlears Hook Park is probably the most snazzy dog run anywhere downtown. Some four years in the making, the new neighborhood dog run is set to debut in the next couple weeks. Little more than one year after work on the project began. The overall design – as finalized by the Parks […]

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CB3 Full Board Backs Restoration of Historic East River Park Buildings

Posted November 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

The proposal to protect endangered structures in East River Park ahead of the controversial resiliency project gained a significant boost last week. The entirety of Community Board 3 supported the plan, raised by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, which would restore the 72-year-old Art Deco Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station. The resolution […]

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Destruction of the LES Ecology Center’s Compost Yard is Folly [OP-ED]

Posted January 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

This editorial is drawn from a letter to the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, as written by East River Park Action, a local group composed of longtime Lower East Side residents and sustainability professionals. We are really shocked to learn that Mayor de Blasio is planning to destroy the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s (LESC) compost […]

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LES Ecology Center Compost Program in Danger of Being Bulldozed Due to Resiliency Project

Last modified January 9, 2020 at 10:23 am

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is fighting to save its compost program in the face of the revised $1.45 billion coastal resiliency project. As previously noted, the city changed the overall timetable to a tiered structure. So, rather than closing the entire park, the project will happen in phases starting next fall with a […]

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What Can We Learn from the Deltares Coastal Resiliency Report?

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:06 am

The short answer is – not much. Last week, the city released the Deltares Report, a 68-page review of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project that had been commissioned by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Carlina Rivera in early September. The summary describes it as a “review of the concerns surrounding the ESCR […]

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Two Bridges Waterfront Esplanade is Closed to Pedestrians for July 4 Fireworks

Posted July 2, 2019 at 5:03 am

Apparently, a closeup view of the fireworks is now an elitist activity. For the first time in recent memory, local residents will not be allowed to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks from the esplanade of the Two Bridges waterfront. The annual tradition of incendiaries is back by the Brooklyn Bridge for the first […]

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Wheeling Around the Lower East Side with ‘Common Books’ [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 28, 2019 at 9:05 am

There is something to be said for a well-loved book, and area local Brittany Bond recently started a mobile book business to deliver just that. Common Books is a pushcart typically stationed by Seward Park that offers paperbacks with a focus on female authors. We caught up with Bond to hear more about her unique […]

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City Council Bill Hikes Fines on LED Billboard Barges

Posted March 27, 2019 at 5:04 am

It’s a day of reckoning for the fleet of floating billboards. City Council is mulling a new bill to increase fines on the LED barges, advertising which officials believe to be illegal under zoning code. These floating billboards first started appearing in the New York waterways last October. It’s an intrusive 60-foot screen that usually […]

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This Lower East Side Peddler Sells ‘Common Books’ from a Mobile Cart

Posted January 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

There is a literary peddler wheeling around the Lower East Side. If you see a woman wheeling a book cart down by the river with her young daughter in tow, you are crossing paths with Common Books. Area local Brittany Bond just started the mobile book business, and her first day pounding pavement was last […]

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