Resiliency

Activists Arrested as City Cuts Down Cherry Trees in Corlears Hook Park

Posted April 12, 2022 at 5:03 am

Cherry Trees are in full bloom inside Corlears Hook Park, yet doom has befallen. The chainsaws are out, as are the activists to protest. At least two activists were arrested yesterday afternoon attempting to stop workers from cutting down the trees. This work was initially slated to transpire over the weekend, but was delayed. We’re […]

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The Death of the Delancey Street Bridge to East River Park

Last modified March 28, 2022 at 12:36 pm

The old Delancey Street footbridge is dead. Officially excised from the Lower East Side landscape. Long live the Delancey Street Footbridge. To be sure, it’s been a slow death for the street apparatus over the last couple months. The ramps on either side of the FDR Drive had been removed in early February as part […]

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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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Corlears Hook Park Girds for Partial Closure and Coastal Resiliency Work

Posted February 23, 2022 at 5:01 am

Park closures due to the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project are now trickling further southward. Community Advisory notices were distributed last week alerting the community to the partial closure of Corlears Hook Park, including the flagpole area. Work in this area is scheduled to begin next Monday (February 28), during which time access to the […]

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LES Ecology Center Embraces Seward Park During Coastal Resiliency Project

Posted February 8, 2022 at 5:01 am

Lower East Side Ecology Center has a new home. Temporarily – and away from the coastline – thanks to the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. As first reported here last year, Seward Park, the first municipal park in the country, is stepping up to host the environmental nonprofit. They’re now headquartered inside the original park […]

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The Removal of the Delancey Foot Bridge to East River Park

Posted February 2, 2022 at 5:01 am

The city is now head-long into its demolition of the Delancey Street foot bridge into East River Park. The big-rigs are mobilized and hungry for steel. Per recent flyers to the community, the “construction operations necessitate extended work hours to dismantle the park-side ramp of the Delancey Street Pedestrian Bridge. Noise and air monitors will […]

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City Readies Demolition of Delancey Foot Bridge to East River Park

Last modified January 24, 2022 at 9:57 pm

With each new day, the destruction of East River Park intensifies. Little is now recognizable as dozens of trees were excised and the historic amphitheater demolished. All as part of the billion-dollar coastal resiliency project. Now, time has come for the pedestrian bridge linking Delancey Street to the park, above the FDR Drive. The city […]

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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