Scenes from Steve Nash’s 9th Annual Showdown NYC on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted June 23, 2016 at 5:16 am

Last night, the Lower East Side again played host to the annual Showdown NYC. It was the ninth outing for retired ball player Steve Nash, who rallied his athlete friends for another inner-city friendly. As in years prior, a delegation of NBA, MLS, and international soccer stars, as well as notable personalities, gathered at Nike […]

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First NYC Public Squash Court Coming to Hamilton Fish Park Next Month

Posted June 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

In approximately one month, squash players across the city will have access to a flagship court on the Lower East Side. The first of its kind in New York City. As previously reported, the year-old Public Squash Foundation aims to construct an all-glass, weather-proof squash court in the neighborhood to make the game more accessible to […]

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Steve Nash’s 9th Annual ‘Showdown NYC’ Brings Landon Donovan To The Pitch

Posted May 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

With the drama surrounding the sorry state of Sara D. Roosevelt’s pitch and its subsequent eleventh hour replacement all comfortably in the past, the Steve Nash Foundation is ready to kick off its 9th annual “Showdown NYC.” And this year, Nash is breaking out the big guns. Or feet. According to the LA Galaxy’s website, “Landon […]

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In Which BMXers Own this Mulch Pile on Rivington Street

Posted May 20, 2016 at 9:16 am

If there’s one thing you learn living on the Lower East Side, it’s that random street furniture and discarded items take on ancillary uses. For instance, a staging area for East Houston roadwork becoming a makeshift gym for one local, or skateboarders doing ollies. Here’s a new one, though. BMXers converting a mulch pile within […]

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On its 10th Anniversary, Harold Hunter Day Goes Bigger with X-Games Qualifier and Skate Jam Next Month

Last modified April 27, 2016 at 11:26 pm

​On the occasion of its tenth outing, Harold Hunter Day is going big with new format and calendar date (May 21-22) at the Coleman Skatepark. This past February marked the tenth anniversary of the death of professional skateboarder Harold Hunter. Shortly after his passing in 2006, fans organized a skate jam meant to help cope […]

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Local Group Aims to Install First NYC Public Squash Court in East River Park Next Summer

Posted November 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

There are apparently more than two thousand outdoor handball courts dotting the Five Boroughs, yet zero accommodations for squash players. One local organization hopes to change that in the coming months. The nascent Public Squash Foundation – forged earlier this year – is at the forefront of that plan, and aims to make the game […]

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Bustin’s Longboard Loft Skate Shop at 132 Allen Street Placed on the Market

Posted November 9, 2015 at 5:15 am

Today comes news that the Lower East Side will soon lose a skate shop. Brooklyn-based skateboard company, Bustin Boards, will soon terminate its four-year-old retail concept at 132 Allen Street. That’s right, the Longboard Loft now operates on borrowed time. One need only peer into the windows to see the tombstone signage holding court. Thanks […]

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The 9th Annual Harold Hunter Day Skate Jam Hits the LES Sunday [UPDATED]

Last modified October 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Grab your skateboard; Sunday afternoon is the ninth annual Harold Hunter Day. As in years past, the public skate jam will take place down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass in Coleman Skatepark. Harold Hunter Day IX – sponsored by the  eponymous Foundation of same – kicks off at noon tomorrow. The open-air event is sure to […]

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Angry Neighbors Question Profiteering Tennis Instructor Bryn Bryant Over Seward Park Tennis School

Last modified September 3, 2015 at 7:48 am

One tennis teacher has his balls all over Seward Park, pissing off (on?) the neighbors. An instructor named Bryn Bryant reportedly convinced the Seward Park High School to grant one of its three in-demand tennis courts to his business during the summer months. Locals are understandably upset that a third of the public space in […]

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Refurbished ‘Lion’s Gate’ Soccer Field Reopens in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted August 17, 2015 at 5:17 am

Local soccer players can rest easy. The Parks Department just completed its refurbishing of the Lion’s Gate Field in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. And in record time, at that. The area itself had been closed for two weeks, but replacing the turf only took eight days. The pitch reopens today with Parks logo emblazoned in […]

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