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Motorcycle Driver Killed in FDR Drive Crash

Posted May 12, 2022 at 5:05 am

A motorcyclist driving the FDR Tuesday morning lost control of the vehicle and died after hitting the roadway, police said. The driver, identified as Brooklyn 36-year-old resident Christian Reyes, had been traveling southbound on the FDR Drive at 7:10am in the vicinity of Exit 3, when he struck the left edge curbing and guide rail. […]

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Corlears Hook Park Closure for Resiliency Work Delayed Until April

Posted March 14, 2022 at 5:02 am

The slow southward creep of coastal resiliency work in East River Park hit a snag. Corlears Hook, portions of which had been slated for the axe last month, was spared for another month. The city just announced that construction is to commence April 4. It will mean the partial closure of Corlears Hook Park, including […]

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Man Shot Dead After Opening Door to Gunman at Lillian Wald Houses

Posted January 18, 2022 at 5:09 am

A man was shot dead inside his apartment in the Lillian Wald Houses Friday night after the suspected killer knocked on his door, police said. The perp entered 691 FDR Drive just before 10:00pm and went to the fourth floor apartment of thirty-year-old Davon Venable. Reports noted that Venable and his father heard a knock […]

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The Decimated State of East River Park

Posted January 13, 2022 at 5:03 am

It’s full throttle with East River Park demolition. Nothing now stands in the way of the $1.45 billion coastal resiliency project. Tree stumps dot the park from East Houston to Corlears Hook, onetime green space which now resembles the blackened wasteland of a post-apocalyptic novel. In all, some 990 trees are being sawed into submission. […]

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East River Amphitheater in Ruins After 80-Year Run

Posted January 3, 2022 at 5:01 am

For East River Park, a happy new year it is not. The coastline amphitheater is gone – reduced to rubble in the name of resiliency – after an eighty-year run. The bulldozers began uprooting the bench seating in early December. By last week, the entire structure was in ruins. As part of the billion-dollar East […]

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East River Park Destruction Continues Unhindered as Court of Appeals Denies Lawsuit Against Resiliency Project

Posted December 21, 2021 at 5:03 am

Destruction of East River Park can continue with impunity. It’s now full steam ahead for the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. The year-long legal attempt to derail the controversial flood plan – which spans 2.4 miles along the coastline – was ultimately unsuccessful. Last Thursday, the Court of Appeals, the highest court in […]

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City Begins Demolition of Historic East River Amphitheater, Birthplace of Shakespeare in the Park

Last modified December 16, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Demolition of East River Park continues unhindered, and in plain view of the public. The latest big job was the destruction of the historic East River Amphitheater. The bulldozers began uprooting the bench seating on Tuesday and continue apace. By yesterday evening, the seating area itself was rubble; the concrete structure is likely next. City […]

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Court Again Halts East River Park Resiliency Work

Posted December 9, 2021 at 5:00 am

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, […]

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Trees in East River Park Get the Axe Ahead of Resiliency Project

Last modified December 8, 2021 at 6:57 am

Timber! Monday was the first day of a new reality inside East River Park. From here on out, it won’t be the same; razed and rebuilt based on a controversial $1.45 billion resiliency plan. With much of the park sealed during the phased construction period – the whole capital project carries an estimated five-year completion […]

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City Preps East River Park Demolition Ahead of Coastal Resiliency Project

Last modified December 6, 2021 at 6:51 pm

It has come to this. The southern section of East River Park is now fenced off, ready for its destruction and rebirth. Barely a week after a temporary restraining order in place since November was overturned on appeal, the city is now ready to begin resiliency work inside East River Park. Fences are up and […]

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