New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Restoring the ‘Stanton Building’ to the Community will Benefit the Environment [OP-ED]

Posted October 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

The following op-ed was penned by Wendy Brawer. Her nonprofit, Green Map System, is a member of the community coalition at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. It’s time to return to the Stanton Building to the Lower East Side community, a move that together addresses climate change and community well-being. Located at the northern end of […]

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Reconstructed Sol Lain Playground Debuts Today on the Lower East Side

Posted September 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

The $3.1 million reconstruction of Sol Lain Playground finally concluded earlier this month. Its deliverance is slightly ahead of schedule, and comes two months after the neighboring Henry M. Jackson Playground itself debuted. New infrastructure installed in this public space includes updated play equipment, spray shower feature, basketball court, multi-purpose play area, benches, fences, drainage, water […]

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Refurbished Seward Park Basketball Court Finally Reopens, Just in time for Summer’s End

Posted August 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

The unofficial end of summer is upon us. Perfect timing for the debut of the rehabilitated Seward Park basketball courts, which was supposed to have been finished already. Three months after our last follow-up, the courts are finally complete, repainted (with Parks Department logo), and realigned. There are seven brand new hoops with fabric nets […]

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Reconstruction of DeSalvio Playground Finally Moves Forward

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:07 am

DeSalvio Playground at Spring and Mulberry Streets in Little Italy is off-limits for the foreseeable future. The park is finally undergoing its long-awaited reconstruction. Parks Department workers dismantled the playground yesterday and the space is now another neighborhood construction zone. The $1.9 million project, which received funding from the City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale […]

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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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Woman Severely Beaten on Stanton Street Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park this Past Saturday

Last modified May 23, 2017 at 8:58 am

You may have heard about the assault that transpired early Saturday morning at Stanton and Forsyth Streets. Near the Stanton Storehouse in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. At roughly 6am, a woman in her fifties was beaten unconcious by a 24-year-old man named Devin Brown, who allegedly punched her repeatedly in the face and body. She […]

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Parks Department Outlines $6.4M Seward Park Upgrades, Coming Late 2019

Posted May 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Seward Park, the oldest municipal park in the country, is headed for a massive makeover … in two years. Thanks in part to hard-fought battles for funding and upgrades by its namesake conservancy, Seward Park last year scored $6.4 million as part of the “Parks Without Borders” program to reinvigorate the parkland. It’s certainly a […]

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CB3 Endorses New Public Bathrooms at ‘Stanton Storehouse’

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

What’s another two years when the community already waited three decades? Two years. That’s the estimated timeline for the Stanton Storehouse to finally return to the community, albeit partially. Community Board 3 last night approved the Parks Department proposal to convert part of the building into a public comfort station (which is a euphemism for […]

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Despite New Signage, Dogs Are Still Allowed in Seward Park

Posted March 8, 2017 at 5:11 am

Don’t worry, dog owners. Those spiffy new park rules signs at Seward Park are incorrect and will be swapped. Last week, we heard from several readers that Seward Park was no longer allowing dogs inside the green space, leashed or otherwise. It then appeared confirmed with the new forest-green signs bolted to the fences. However, […]

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Deja Vu: Allen Street Mall Benches are Breaking Again

Posted November 2, 2016 at 5:09 am

A feeling of deja vu has washed over the Allen Street Mall, where bench seating is getting bottomed out. Again. Only a brief thirteen months since the city replaced defective hardware in the benches, and already there are problems. Time to take stock. Those new wooden slats are starting to break again. Most of the […]

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