East Side Coastal Resiliency in the News

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BQE and the road to New York’s future: Highways that split neighborhoods are things of the past 

by Amy Chester, Rebuild by Design, NY Daily News, April 25, 2019.

“Rather than plow ahead with a rebuild of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway running through Brooklyn Heights, Mayor de Blasio set up a panel to discuss alternatives.”

“The panel was appointed only because the residents of Brooklyn Heights — one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city — greeted with a deafening “NO!” the city’s plan to turn the beloved Promenade into a temporary highway, spending more than $100,000 of their own money on consulting experts and lobbyists to fight this plan.”

Chester tells how other, less well-to-do neighborhoods beg for the same consideration and how other cities are covering highways.

East Side Storm Protection Project’s Public Review Moves Forward 

“The city is still evaluating options to re-open portions of East River Park during construction and will re-route bike lanes inland,” by Sydney Pereira, The Patch, April 5, 2019.

Overhaul Of Storm Protection Plan Outrages Downtown Residents

By Sydney Pereira, The Patch, March 5, 2019

“EAST VILLAGE — A massive $1.45 billion project designed to avoid a repeat of the devastation Hurricane Sandy wreaked on Downtown Manhattan will close the East River Park for years — and has left many locals furious.

Nearly seven years after the storm left Downtown basements flooded and the South Street Seaport a virtual no-go area for months, the city has yet to break ground on the East Side Coastal Resiliency project that’s intended to protect residents from the impacts of climate change.” Continue reading…

“City Admits It Failed to Inform Residents on Overhaul of East Side Resiliency Plan”

by Rebuild by Design, January 30, 2019

“Did we communicate the change properly? No, and that’s on me and I take responsibility on that and I apologize,” said Lorraine Grillo, the commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction.

Link: City Admits It Failed

“Communities Push Back on BQE and East River Park Plans”

Brian Lehrer show, broadcast by WNYC, January 28, 2019


City Council Member Carlina Rivera discusses need to involve the neighborhood in decisions about how the park will be fixed. 

“To Save East River Park, the City Intends to Bury It”

by Joseph Hanania, January 18, 2019

A cogent article in the New York Times about the new plan and our community’s problems with it: 

“Flood of concerns over E. Side resiliency redo”

by Sydney Pereira, December 14, 2018. 

A good outline of the the city’s proposed East River Park plan in The Villager. 


Making Waves: New York City’s coastal resiliency plan receives a redesign

by by Ali Oriaku, Oct. 4, 2018

Announcement of the plan in the Architects Newspaper


Also in Curbed: 


“LES & East Village Residents Feel ‘Duped’ By City’s Surprise Plan To Bury East River Park”

By Jake OffenhartzZ in Gothamist


“We demand that the city work with us acre by acre, bench by bench, tree by tree,” said Harrington. “As you know, our community is resilient, our community is just, and our community is very, very loud.”

“The city’s odd storm splurge: Mayor de Blasio wants to spend $700 million more on a resiliency plan. Why?”

by Amy Chester and Tom Wright, Oct. 29, 2018