Caught this item in a Politico e-newsletter on Thursday... the first update that I've heard in awhile on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which includes demolishing and rebuilding East River Park ... the full story is behind a paywall:
An ambitious project to protect the Lower East Side of Manhattan from future storms is again facing delays. The city had been scheduled to break ground on the $1.5 billion project this spring, but is now scheduled to begin construction in September, city officials said during a Council budget hearing Wednesday.
The development marks the third delay for the major resiliency effort that was first envisioned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and is meant to safeguard one of the city's most vulnerable areas to sea-level rise. Still, the de Blasio administration said the city’s five-year timeline for the project should remain intact, despite a delayed start and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has delayed some construction work throughout the city.
“I’m actually moving forward under the assumption that we’re still going to maintain our timeline,” said Lorraine Grillo, commissioner of the city’s department of design and construction.
On Feb. 6, opponents of the city's plan announced an Alienation of Parkland lawsuit on behalf of East River Park Action, a grassroots neighborhood group, and 90 other plaintiffs.