EVCC is dedicated to improving our community’s infrastructure and encourages sustainable transportation including walking, bicycling, skateboarding, and other human-powered transportation.
What do you see when you look uptown or downtown from the East Village? Towers. EVCC works to protect our walkable, tree-lined streets, one of the main reasons people love living here.
Closing East River Park
The fast-track plan for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (our section of “The Big U” plan to provide flood protection to vulnerable parts of Lower Manhattan) will now CLOSE East River Park in phases starting Summer 2021, while still providing flood protection by 2023.
Many people still don’t know the City plans to bulldoze East River Park, to rebuild a new elevated park.
Neighborhood groups worked with the City for years on a modest resiliency plan that didn’t materialize. The new plan (presented last fall) comes with a $1.45 billion price tag and an accelerated timeline.
We all recognize the urgent need for flood protection. No one wants to live through another Hurricane Sandy! But important questions remain unanswered as this plan is rushed through:
- How will we be protected from flooding during construction?
- How will demolition and construction impact our air quality?
- Is this really the best plan for our neighborhood?
- Why not base such a massive undertaking on 2100 projections instead of 2050 projections?
Some tenant leaders have endorsed the new plan. CB 3 approved the new plan with conditions (see pp. 9 – 16). The City Planning Commission held a hearing on the new plan and voted to approve it on September 23. A new plan for phased construction was announced at the City Council SubCommittee Hearing held October 3.
An independent environmental consultant hired by MBP Gale Brewer and CM Carlina Rivera has issued his report. His recommendations follow:
- improve stakeholder engagement
- transparent air quality monitoring
- provide evidence for the analysis in the Final Environmental Impact Statement
- investigate interim flood protection measures
- phased construction to keep portions of the park open with additional open space mitigation
- additional clean fill for future flood protection against sea level rise
The full City Council vote will be held soon.
Check back with this page for updates.
Tompkins Square Park Training Field Stays!
Remedial Park improvements are underway to provide more green space while East River Park is closed: small curbside “rain gardens”, tree plantings, solar lighting, playground painting, etc.
An asphalt to artificial turf conversion was announced for Tompkins Square Park without community input (see below).
Local skateboarders who object to astro-turfing Training Field started a petition that went viral (people are still signing on).
NYC Parks has agreed to leave Training Field as is!
Tompkins Square Park
Livable East Side Streets
The EVCC advocated for Select Bus Service (SBS) on Manhattan’s East Side and for protected bike lanes on 1st & 2nd Avenues. We worked with Transportation Alternatives on the East Side Action Plan – A Community Vision for Safer Streets.
We continue to push for better public transportation for our underserved neighborhood, including additional stops on the M14 A & D lines in the upcoming grand redesign.
Here’s the latest information on M14 SBS service from the MTA.
Pedal Power – Kids’ Art Bike Parade
The EVCC’s Fourth Kids’ Art Bike Parade was held in April 2011 in East River Park. Hundreds of children and adults rode art decorated bicycles through our waterfront park. Bike Safety, Learn to Ride, and other bike-related workshops were held the day of the Parade. EVCC worked with local stores, artists, and other not-for-profit and government organizations on this extraordinary event.