Court Again Halts East River Park Resiliency Work

Posted on: December 9th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Allie Ryan

The chainsaws are silent in East River Park, as advocates yesterday secured a stay that blocks demolition as part of the city’s $1.45 billion coastal resiliency project.

Judge Rowan Wilson of the state’s Court of Appeals granted the stay on the reversal of a restraining order against the work by the Appellate Division, First Department, from November 30, when the lower court had ruled against a community lawsuit against the project.

An estimated nineteen trees met the chainsaw in the twenty-four hours of work.

“Everyone understands that it stops work in the park,” claimants’ attorney Arthur Schwartz told the Village Sun. “This will definitely outlast Bill de Blasio. We will be asking for all fences to come down and for the bike path and park south of Houston Street to be reopened ASAP.”

Schwartz expects the restraining order to last anywhere from two to ten months.

Below is the mailer from East River Park ACTION:

Destruction of East River Park has halted as of December 8, 2021, and remains in effect at least until the Appeals court considers arguments December 20.

Yesterday the park lost 13 trees when demolition of the park began, and today, before the TRO was issued, six more were being cut. The minute the TRO was granted, heroic ACTIONeers climbed the fence surrounding the construction area and ran up to the workers to stop them.

The second stay of execution (the first lasted from Nov. 4 to Dec. 6) keeps some 972 trees standing including the 82-year old oaks by the amphitheater, many London planes and even maples. They survived Sandy! Let’s help them survive NYC’s wanton destruction.

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