Our park is still going to be killed, just in a slower and more messy, ugly way.
The Mayor’s press release today announces Phased Construction of East River Park. It is what many in the community have demanded, says the release. Read the text of it here:
This is not good. Our park will still be completely destroyed—just over a longer period of time—five years instead of the original three and a half years.
The city is ignoring the neighborhood’s demands: 1) preserve as much of the park as possible. 2) Construct a resilient coastline—not a massive wall along the river. 3) Construct flood protection along the FDR. 4) Provide interim flood protection during years of construction.
It looks like the whole promenade will be closed while the city builds an 8-10 foot solid flood wall along the river.
The city will say it’s the neighborhood’s fault the timeline is longer because we asked for phased construction. In fact, it’s because they were never going to be able to get it all done in three and a half years, and they knew it. One of the Department of Design and Construction officials said to Wendy Brawer that only the flood control portion would be done by 2023. The park would then be reconstructed.
Say NO to this destructive plan. #SAVEEASTRIVERPARK.
Here’s Danny Meyers’ take on the Mayor’s new plan:
It is not feasible or functional to have on sight huge machinery of the magnitude needed to destroy half the park and for humans to have peaceful and safe use of the remainder. Virtually all trees and all recreational facilities will still be sacrificed with this division.
Shows how disingenuous the mayor is. Let’s experiment. Let’s consider dividing Gracie Mansion in two. Won’t take long to see the dwellers flee. We, on the other hand, can’t flee to an accessible, similar park that affords to all 58 acres of pleasure, recreation, physical and mental health.
It is piecemeal on route to complete destruction.
No Way: Take the Waterway!
See you tomorrow.
Danny is referring to the hearing at City Hall tomorrow. Go and testify! Here’s how: