Tuesday, July 16, 2019
This week's public meeting about stormproofing East River Park
By now you know what the city has planned for East River Park starting in March. (If not, quickly: City officials, starting next spring, plan to close East River Park for three-plus years, burying it with 8- to 10-feet of soil to help protect the east side from future storms as part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project.)
Tomorrow (Wednesday) night from 6-8, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is hosting a public meeting on the the project. The NYC Department of Design and Construction will present the plan, "followed by testimony from all those interested." (Two hours doesn't seem like enough time TBH.)
The meeting takes place in the Podell Auditorium in the Bernstein Pavilion at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place. (Roughly off of 15th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue...
The DDC presented an updated version of their plan, which incorporates community input, before a CB3 committee last week. Curbed has coverage here.
Early last week, Brewer called for a 60-day delay "to answer the profusion of questions and consult with independent environmental experts." As she told Streetsblog: "This is an important project that shouldn’t be rushed. I want to ensure that there is enough time in the review process to allow community members to understand the plan and how it will affect their communities."
On June 25, CB3 approved the proposed plan with a list of specific conditions, as Patch reported.
The plan is now on tour through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), with a deciding vote expected via City Council this fall.
Meanwhile, there have been sightings of various Davey drills along the East River Park... presumably taking soil samples ahead of the work that's to commence next spring...
A group called East River Park Action is hosting a meeting Thursday evening at 6:30 at La Plaza Cultural on Ninth Street and Avenue C, per flyers spotted along the waterway...
You can find out more about East River Park Action here.