East River Park ACTION opposes the city’s destructive flood control plan.
It is an environmental injustice to inflict the dire mental and physical health effects of closing, ravaging, and rebuilding the park the way the city has planned on our crowded low-and-middle income Lower East Side/East Village neighborhood. It is especially destructive to start a heavy dust-spewing construction project now. Even a small increase in particulate matter increases the death rate from Covid-19. This is a neighborhood that already suffers high rates of upper respiratory disease and asthma. This is a neighborhood that needs this one open space available for physical and mental health.
We support a plan that provides flood control with minimal destruction of existing parkland and biodiversity. It should also be constructed in an environmentally forward-thinking manner that will give us a resilient coastline to help absorb storm surges. Previous plans and suggestions from the community and experts can be adapted.
We support interim flood protection to protect the neighborhood and to protect the park from the city’s rushing to start the current misguided flood control plan.
We support further expansion of East River Park over the FDR and new concepts for use of the highway as a way to improve the health of our neighborhood and our world climate.
Who We Are
Lower East Side resident and East River Park fan Pat Arnow developed ACTION website in June 2019 to demand a flood control plan that will not deprive our neighborhood of our glorious park for years. It was a call to make noise and get attention so that our East River Park does not get demolished for a bad and insensitive flood control plan in 2020. New York City can do better.
The neighborhood was more than ready for ACTION. We became hundreds of pissed off, worried, grieving neighbors ready to fight the city. We formed subgroups:
- Outreach to people in the park and neighborhood, to city officials, to media, to social media
- Demonstrations, big doings
LEGAL—coordinated by Charles Krezell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join one of the groups or email if you want to be on our general list to participate: