Bring your xmas tree to the comfort station inside Corlears Hook Park and the NYC Parks Department will take care of carting it away and mulching it for wood chips to be used in parks and gardens around the city.
Thanks to cooperator Michael Marino and the new Friends of Corlears Hook Park, the Transportation & Safety Committee of Community Board 3 will be discussing the dangerous pedestrian crossing at Cherry Street and the FDR access road on January 8 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at 273 Bowery, the University Settlement at Houston Street Settlement.
The corner right now has no stop sign or crosswalk, meaning cars and buses quickly turn without slowing down. Compounding the safety hazard is that, though parking is prohibited on the east side of the FDR access road, members of NYPD and FDNY often park their personal cars there while on duty. M14A double-length buses have little room to make this turn, and pedestrians have little visibility for what’s coming.
A second possible crossing would be in the middle of Cherry Street, where the entrance to Corlears Hook Park is.
Safely crossing Cherry Street is important not just for access to Corlears Hook Park, but also for people taking the pedestrian bridge over the FDR Drive to get to all the facilities along the East River. Since this is literally our back yard, it would be helpful for cooperators to appear at the meeting to help convince CB3 of the importance of improving this intersection.
Friends of Corlears Hook Park is sponsoring a park clean-up day on Saturday, November 15 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Mostly the work needed right now is raking leaves and spreading wood chips in the dog runs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Two years out, the effects of Superstorm Sandy are still being felt in our neighborhood.
Since the spring, the tree population of East River Park has been thinned significantly as trees suffering the long-term effects of salt water intrusion have been felled by the parks department. Now the carnage is coming to Corlears Hook, where over a dozen large trees have been marked for removal, mostly along the service road next to the FDR.
Of course, the Hook suffered during the storm itself, losing a dozen trees, including three of the beautiful magnolias that comprise the park’s arboreal heart.
Any new plantings will need to conform to new guidelines that allow only for kinds of trees that won’t be killed by another flood.
A new group, Friends of Corlears Hook Park, has been established to help coordinate community involvement — contact them if you are interested in getting involved.