Two Construction Vehicles Catch Fire in East River Park as Resiliency Work Remains Halted

Posted on: November 15th, 2021 at 5:09 am by

Two construction vehicles situated in East River Park caught fire Friday night, and the blaze was seen burning from the FDR roadway.

The two vehicles had been stationed behind the fence at the Brian Watkins Tennis Center underneath the Williamsburg Bridge, and allegedly caught fire at around 11:30pm.

The city’s massive, $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project, slated to raise the level of the 46-acre park to offset future flooding, has been a hot button topic on the Lower East Side for nearly two years.

However, work is currently halted by a temporary restraining order imposed last week as part of a lawsuit brought forth by local activists against the city over the redevelopment plan.

As reported, the years-long capital endeavor will see the destruction and rebirth of the park eight feet higher than the status quo. It means the removal of one thousand mature trees, demolition of architecturally significant Track House and Tennis Center Comfort Station, and the loss of open public space on the coastline.

It’s unclear at the moment whether timing of the late-night blaze is coincidental, or if there is more to the story.  

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