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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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Parks Department Replaces Turf at ‘Lion’s Gate’ Soccer Field on Grand Street

Last modified August 13, 2015 at 9:52 am

The well-worn soccer fields of the Lower East Side are finally getting some attention this season. At least the two located in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. For weeks, long tubes of rubber have been stacked outside the Parks Department facility on Broome Street. And occasionally in the back end of the sunken court (aka “The […]

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Scenes from Steve Nash’s 8th Annual Showdown NYC [PHOTOS]

Posted June 25, 2015 at 5:13 am

The annual Steve Nash Showdown in Chinatown almost didn’t happen this time around. It was much ado over a deteriorated soccer field that wasn’t properly maintained. Nine years of use and abuse really wore it down. The pitch was finally replaced earlier this month after Nike stepped up to the plate, at which point the […]

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Lower East Side Ecology Center is Holding Fishing Clinics All Summer

Posted June 19, 2015 at 5:17 am

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is reeling in residents for its series of catch-and-release fishing clinics scheduled throughout the summer at various locations along the East River. With the support from NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, experienced Rangers will teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of NYC waterways during each program. Bait and tackle is provided (you can […]

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Stanton Street Soccer Field Reopens with Shiny New Turf from Nike

Last modified June 15, 2015 at 10:04 am

Better late than never. The replacement pitch donated by Nike on Stanton Street in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is now ready for play. Officially. The Parks Department cut the ribbon on the new soccer surfacing Friday evening, after mucho pressure from the community (and maybe even from pro athletes participating in the annual Showdown). Contractors […]

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Nike Replaced the Pitch at the Stanton Street Soccer Field; Steve Nash’s ‘Showdown’ is Happening

Posted June 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

After nine years of constant use and abuse, the shredded Nike soccer field on Stanton Street is finally on the road to rehabilitation. The sports brand is currently replacing the field and should wrap by mid-month. New turf carpeting is already in place while other materials lie in wait on the adjacent basketball courts. Honestly, […]

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