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Coleman Skatepark Gets Quick Tune-Up Just in Time for ‘Go Skateboarding Day’

Posted June 21, 2017 at 5:15 am

Today is the thirteenth “Go Skateboarding Day,” an international skate event held annually to both celebrate and promote the sport. At home on the local level, meanwhile, the one and only Lower East Side skatepark got some love. Nike SB recently invested some cash to upgrade elements of the Coleman Playground (aka the “Coleman Oval”) beneath […]

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‘Harold Hunter Day’ Turned into a Weekend Festival this Year

Posted June 2, 2017 at 5:07 am

The eleventh annual Harold Hunter Day upped its game for 2017. This year, the commemoration to the fallen skater spans nearly a week. Festivities began on Wednesday and continue through Sunday. As always, there will be a skate jam at the Coleman Skatepark. Four months ago marked eleven years since the death of professional skateboarder Harold […]

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Expect Pandemonium with Drake and Nicki Minaj at Basketball City for ‘NBA Awards’ Next Month

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:11 am

The inaugural NBA Awards show is set for next month, and will likely jam up the Lower East Side waterfront. Drake is hosting the tentpole event, which will be held at Basketball City on Pier 36. Nicki Minaj was tapped to perform, too, it was announced last week. Drake will help announce the winners for […]

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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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