East River Park Activists Score Temporary Restraining Order to Halt Resiliency Project

Posted on: November 5th, 2021 at 5:16 am by

Photo: Emily Johnson

In East River Park, the demolition is on pause. Activists locked in a lawsuit with the city against the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resilience Plan scored a temporary injunction yesterday to stop work.

The East River Park ACTION group sent the following update:

Appellate court judge Judith Gische heard arguments from Arthur Schwartz and Kathryn Freed, attorneys for East River Park Action, who requested the TRO.

The City’s lawyer argued that the city was only doing preparatory work, and would not impose “irreparable harm”… until Thanksgiving.

The judge decided that because park users were already excluded from the tennis courts, she would grant the TRO and cause all work to cease pending further expedited hearings on our Parkland Alienation appeal.

The City has until noon [today] to file a reply, and our attorneys have until Monday at 10:00 to reply to the reply. The hearing should be in the afternoon.

The news follows a few days after several sign-toting activists, including unsuccessful City Council District 2 challenger Allie Ryan, lined up Monday to halt activities in the 46-acre park. The protest action thwarted the commencement of work for several hours. After a lengthy standoff, though, police ultimately arrested Ryan and Alice O’Malley, both of whom refused to move from the entrance to the tennis courts where work was to begin.

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