In recent days, workers have been chopping down mature trees along this corridor adjacent to the track and field...
There aren't any specific dates at this time attached to gutting the remaining 57.5-acre East River Park — burying the existing park under fill and elevating it by 8-to-10 feet above sea level — north of Sixth Street. A presentation from last fall (at this link) shows the area north of Sixth Street closed in the summer of 2024 ... at which time the new amenities designated for the currently gutted park below Stanton Street would be available to the public.
The city has said that it will maintain public access to a minimum of 42 percent of the park throughout construction.
Opponents of this version of the reconstruction project continue to speak out, stressing there's a better path forward to protect the Lower East Side and surrounding neighborhoods from a 100-year-flood event and sea-level rise — one that doesn't cause 1,000 mature trees to be chopped down.