Let’s keep it from becoming Undead
It was a big beautiful day on the Lower East Side Saturday, Sept. 21. Some 400 people turned out for our March and Rally to Save East River Park from a dreadful flood control plan that will close and kill our park.
We had lots of energy and fun. People in bright costumes led the march winding through the East Village and into East River Park, down our fabulous promenade, and to a rally where we told stories and shared facts and demands (don’t Bury our Park!)
Rev. Billy and the Church of the Stop Shopping Choir led us down the promenade, and we carried shovels so we could Bury the Plan Not the Park! Which we did under a big pile of compost.
We sang and danced and yelled. Here are some photos in random order from our talented friends. Send more photos and video to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to photographers Ken Browne, Steve Giles, and others who sent in their pictures.
Thanks to the many people who organized and made our wonderful event happen: Howard, Jen, Ted, Harriet, Marie, Kendra, Amanda and Amanda, Barbara and Barbara, Wendy, Julie, Delphine, Natalie, George, Joan, Danny, Lauren, Anthony, Sarah, Kate, Diana, Daisy, Dave, Tommy, Charles, Jamie (not Jamie Torres-Springer), Amy, Tiq, Felicia, Fran, Rev. Billy and the Church of the Stop Shopping Choir–everyone who made signs, handed out and plastered up flyers, spoke up, turned out, dressed up, yelled, and raised hell to bury the plan not the park! Listen NYC!
New York Post wrote a story with good photos!
by Melissa Klein and Olivia Bensimon, Sept. 21, 2019
NY1 coverage of march and rally
East Village Marches in Protest of Plan to Bury East River Park
Miliana Bocher, Contributing Writer, Washington Square News, NYU’s Independent Student Newspaper, September 23, 2019
“Living on the Lower East Side, where there’s more and more traffic, we’re getting more and more kids with asthma,” Rachel Bernstein said. “We need trees more than ever to help us breathe.”
On Monday, a story on the City Planning Commission’s disappointing but expected vote, showed protesters at the meeting (that’s us!), and gave a shoutout to our protest Saturday. It’s us who lets the city know we oppose the plan to bury the park!
East Side Flood Protection Plan Gets Go-Ahead From City Planning
By Sydney Pereira, Patch Staff, Sept. 23, 2019
“…A hotly contested plan to bury and rebuild East River Park to protect the area from flooding was approved by the City Planning Commission.”
“Hundreds of people protested the project on Saturday, holding a mock funeral for East River Park as summer comes to a close, the New York Post reported.”