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Safety improvements for Cherry Street on CB3 agenda January 8

Cherry Street crossings

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.

Corlears Hook trees to be felled

Two years out, the effects of Superstorm Sandy are still being felt in our neighborhood.

corlears trees
Dead trees walking


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.

Reminder: Friends of Corlears Hook Thursday at 6 p.m.

corlears04From cooperator Michael Marino:
Just a reminder about tomorrow night’s meeting and walk-through – October 30 at 6:00pm. Representatives from the NYC Parks Department, Partnership for Parks, Community Board 3, and Senator Daniel Squadron’s office will be on hand to meet with us and discuss the condition and upkeep of the park.  We will be meeting in front of the small dog run in the park to do a walk-through of the park and discuss issues, improvements and possible plans for a clean-up day in November. Please plan to attend so that we can demonstrate that there is a committed group of volunteers ready to make the park the best that it can be. If you cannot attend please feel free to email me about any park matters that you would like me to bring up on your behalf.