We delivered 9,000 petitions from three grassroots groups. We have a letter signed by 34 groups. Most everyone in our Lower East Side/East Village opposes the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan to demolish East River Park since there are better ways to gain flood control.
We lost the first critical vote Nov. 4 in the City Council. The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Sitings and Dispositions, at the request of our neighborhood Council members, voted to approve the $1.45 billion plan to demolish East River Park over five years and rebuild it for flood control.
We’ve been trying to tell our City Council members for a year–in overwhelming numbers–that we need a better, less destructive plan, but we are not heard. Are we blue? Hell yes. Are we giving up just because Carlina Rivera, Keith Powers and Margaret Chin support the plan? Hell no.
Here’s a good summary in Curbed, including this about Inez Barron, who ignored the City Council’s longstanding courtesy of voting the way requested by the Council member whose district the project is in. She defied a letter to the subcommittee from Carlina Rivera, Keith Powers and Margaret Chin. “The lone Council member who vote against the ESCR proposal, Brooklyn Councilmember Inez Barron, said October 3rd’s subcommittee hearing on the plan ‘exposed what was left undone, unsaid, unexplored, and unanswered’ by the city. Monday’s concessions did little to sway the Councilmember.” https://ny.curbed.com/2019/11/4/20948375/east-side-costal-resiliency-city-council-vote
Photos by Steve Giles. If you have photos, send them in, and I’ll be happy to add them. See you in the park.
More photos from Earth Celebrations who turned out looking fabulous and making a strong statement for our earth and our park. Thank you Felicia.