East River Park flood project opponents sue NYC in bid to stop it

NY Post: Opponents of the plan to bury East River Park in the name of flood protection are suing the city to stop the $1.4 billion project.

A coalition of community groups filed the suit last week in Manhattan State Supreme Court claiming that the state Legislature needs to weigh in because the Lower East Side park would be used for a “non-park purpose” during construction.

The suit cites a 2001 Court of Appeals decision saying courts have reaffirmed that parkland needs “legislative approval before it can be alienated or used for an extended period for non-park purpose.”

“Using East River Park as the staging ground for building a seawall and taking away scores of acres from the public during that process is a non-park purpose. And recreating a park on top of a seawall is sugar-coating a non-park purpose.” the suit claims. Read more>>