Coastal Resiliency Project Forces Lower East Side Ecology Center Compost Yard to Staten Island
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has its walking papers. The local nonprofit is amidst a move, relocating the East River compost yard it called home for the last two decades.
Over the last week or so, the 22-year-old compost yard was dismantled, as the East Side Coastal Resilience Project is set to break ground in East River Park. Packed up for newer pastures. In fact, we’re told that the temporary home is not in Manhattan proper, but Staten Island. There it will remain for the duration of the coastal project; the City promised a return once complete, but on a (generous) timeline of five years.
During that time, the Ecology Center will headquarter itself in Seward Park.
The City has set early-November as the start of partial park closure, at which point one thousand mature trees will be cut down in favor of 8-10 feet of fill. Pushed through by lame duck Mayor de Blasio, who overruled Comptroller Stringer in August, allowing the billion-dollar project to proceed.
Construction is implemented on a two-phase schedule. So, rather than closing the entire park, area residents will have access to roughly half the park.