Seward Park

The ‘Beer Fridge’ Brings Craft Beer and Growlers to Essex Street

Last modified August 4, 2017 at 10:53 am

The Beer Fridge is now open, offering craft beers and a growler station to lower Essex Street, just of Seward Park. Soft launch of the new dispensary was last night with a party presumably for friends and family. Turnaround from announcement to commencement was rather impressive. We first announced its arrival at 41 Essex Street […]

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Citi Bike Dock Returns to Straus Square After Month-Long Hiatus

Posted July 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

Motor vehicle traffic through Straus Square may have terminated, but the bike share just resumed. In other words, the Citi Bike dock returned to the new pedestrian plaza yesterday after a month-long hiatus. The brief reprieve was timed to coincide with the recent resurfacing of the roadway between Rutgers Street and East Broadway. Crews installed […]

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Seward Park Library Gets its New ‘Constellation’ Sculpture

Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:11 am

The gated pathway in front of Seward Park Library – what was once part of Jefferson Street – now boasts some public artwork. Dubbed “Constellation,” the wooden seating arrangement is the first cycle of artwork by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong for the year-long project. It was installed at the end of last week. The new sculpture […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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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 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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‘Delancey Wine’ Grows Exponentially with Move Down the Block

Posted May 9, 2017 at 5:19 am

In one swift move, Delancey Wine is no longer a stuffy cubbyhole store. The nine-year-old mom-and-pop, located on the outskirts of Seward Park, will open its much larger headquarters next Sunday (May 13). As previously reported, ownership signed a lease down the block at 35 Essex Street. Cause for the change in scenery was a purported […]

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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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Donald Trump’s ‘Chocolate Cake’ Quote Appears on Seward Park Fence

Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:18 am

It was revealed last week that President Trump was scarfing down the “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen” when he ordered the air strike (59 Tomahawk cruise missiles) on a Syrian airfield earlier this month. He was dining at his Mar-a-Lago country club with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the time. […]

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With UNIQLO Grant, Public Art ‘Constellation’ Coming to Seward Park this Summer

Posted April 13, 2017 at 9:33 am

If all goes to plan, Seward Park will soon boast a year-long public art exhibit. The new project is one of ten such “Art in the Parks” installations around the city, sponsored by UNIQLO and the Parks Department. Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong won the $10,000 grant to impart “Constellation” to the “underused” plaza outside the New York […]

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