Sport

Seward Park Basketball Courts Hamstrung by ‘Absentee’ Contractor

Posted May 24, 2017 at 5:05 am

Area youth will need to wait another couple months to play ball inside Seward Park. The current resurfacing job underway the last couple months is behind schedule. Until yesterday, there had been almost no activity in the rear corner of the park for at least two weeks. The big boys came to play yesterday, though, […]

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Parks Department Begins Resurfacing of Seward Park Basketball Courts

Posted May 3, 2017 at 5:09 am

The pock-marked basketball court in the northeast corner of Seward Park is on the road to rehabilitation. Parks Department identified the public space as one of four Manhattan sites eligible for reconstruction and resurfacing via $2.2 million in funding from the city. (In fact, three are located on the Lower East Side.) Chain-link fencing has […]

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City Pitches New Soccer Field at P.S. 184 on Cherry Street

Posted January 31, 2017 at 5:15 am

Lace up. Looks like another soccer field might soon come to the Lower East Side. The New York City Soccer Initiative – a public-private partnership between the city, US Soccer Foundation, New York City Football Club, and Adidas – is pitching a new pitch. Location of choice is an area still ripe for the picking. […]

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Teenage Skateboarder Tackled by 3 Cops in Washington Square Park this Weekend [VIDEO]

Last modified January 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

The video below made the rounds over the weekend, in which a purportedly unarmed, nineteen-year-old skateboarder was tackled to the ground in Washington Square Park by three aggressive Parks Department officers. Circumstances leading up to the incident are unclear, but the person who shot the video (Benny Needles) noted that, “[the teenager] was not fleeing […]

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Busted Exercise Equipment on East River Esplanade Finally Replaced by the City

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:09 am

It just wasn’t built to last, and now, reinforcements… Replacements for the heavily-used exercise equipment near the mouth of Pier 35 are finally here. Parks Department workers were spotted installing the new machines yesterday afternoon, much to the delight of locals. Indeed, it’s been a long time coming. Pretty much since debut in February 2015, […]

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Mark Fisher Fitness ‘Ninja Clubhouse’ Muscles Onto the Bowery

Posted November 21, 2016 at 5:17 am

The tech incubator otherwise known as 161 Bowery welcomes a new gym to its ranks today. A “ninja clubhouse” hailing from Hell’s Kitchen called Mark Fisher Fitness. The six-year-old gym first announced itself back in August with a teaser poster in the windows. Today’s official public launch is roughly two months behind schedule. Mark Fisher […]

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Nike Pissed off the Lower East Side and SoHo Communities in the Same Day

Posted November 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

It’s quite ironic that yesterday, within just a few hours, Nike was both feted and lambasted by our local government. Mere blocks from each other. While the Parks Department channeled its gratitude (i.e. kissed the ring) toward Nike for resurfacing the Stanton Street basketball courts with designs by street artist KAWS, City Council rallied to […]

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Nike Taps KAWS to Repaint Stanton Street Basketball Courts

Posted November 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Nike is embedded pretty deep on Stanton Street in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Its cash infusions over the years have helped both the soccer field (despite past turf problems) and basketball courts become some of the most heavily used in the area. And as of yesterday evening, the latter is latest to get a makeover. […]

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Dylan Rieder, Skater and Owner of ‘The Hunt,’ Memorialized with Skateboard Tribute on Canal Street

Posted October 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

Dylan Rieder, a professional skateboarder and model out of California, died two weeks ago after a two-year battle with Leukemia. He was 28. Rieder also co-owned the eclectic oddities shop at 27 Canal Street called The Hunt with fellow skateboarders Jake Lamagno and Steven Ditchkus. Which explains the brief closure and makeshift memorial that now sits outside the gate. […]

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Punch Trump in the Face, then Register to Vote

Posted September 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

Overthrow Boxing gym just off the Bowery wants to knock out Donald Trump in a big way. By ballot, not bout. The Bleecker Street gym is getting out the vote by going mobile. Several weeks ago, they christened a cheeky “Knockout Trump” truck with the dual purpose of registering voters (#knockoutthevote2016) while offering a chance […]

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