Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Panel Discussion: Reclaiming a Resource: The Threatened East River

The East River is home to a rich mix of flora and fauna despite the effects of runoff from city streets and tons of treated sewage. A panel will discuss what needs to be done to make the river safe for boating, swimming, and eventually, fish consumption.

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Council Speaker Christine Quinn cuts the ribbon for East River Plaza and its 1,428 parking spaces. Photos: Noah Kazis Officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the suburban-style East River Plaza shopping complex today. The fleet of cars that the city’s leading politicians and developers arrived in barely registered in the mall’s giant parking lot. […]

What Would It Take to Run a Successful East River Ferry Program?

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A few more details about the city’s new subsidized East River ferry service were revealed at a Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance panel yesterday afternoon, including the route’s stops and hours. Mostly, however, the panel offered advice on what it will take to make ferries successful and provided some valuable context for the public discussion about waterborne […]