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The changes that No Man’s Land anticipated have come to Stuyvesant Cove Park: the Brooklyn and Queens skylines have mushroomed, NYC Ferry stops nearby — and in spring 2021 the East Side Coastal Resiliency project officially began, closing part of the Cove for construction. We can only hope the beach survives the “improvements.”

Eastsiders are acting and reacting in earnest to this massive project. It’s meant to storm-proof the area, and has been in development ever since the federal Rebuild by Design program began in 2013 after Hurricane Sandy. But local residents are skeptical about the strategies for rebuilding East River Park, of which Stuyvesant Cove is a part.

All of this means it’s time to experience No Man’s Land.