The 2012 PAL “Playstreets” Program

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 at 11:16 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

With the increase in crime across the Five Boroughs through the early part of the summer, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver has successfully pushed to have the Police Athletic League (“PAL”) open one of its programs on the Lower East Side. This grew out of discussions with the NYPD about the need for recreational programs for local kids this summer. PAL has a successful track record over the years in other parts of the city, and Silver believes it’ll be a big hit with Lower East Side parents who are looking for something constructive for their children during the hot summer months.

“It is crucial for our Lower East Side families, particularly during the summer months, to have access to structured, outdoor recreation for their children. I am very pleased that, working with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Police Athletic League, we were able to make sure that this important free drop-in program is offered at Tanahey Park, in a neighborhood where children will benefit greatly from recreational activities. I encourage all my neighbors to take advantage of this outstanding program.”

The PAL program will take place at Tanahey Park, on Cherry Street between Catherine Slip and Market Slip. It takes place every Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, through August 24, with the exception of Friday July 27, which is staff development day.

The PAL was founded in 1914 by former Police Commissioner Arthur Woods and Captain John Sweeney. Together they came up with the concept of cops helping kids to benefit communities. For more information on the PAL, check out their website here.

Recent Stories

Police Chase, Shoot at Man Armed with 2 Knives on the Bowery

Police this morning shot at an alleged robbery suspect who resisted arrest and threatened officers with two knives. It began at 8:00am when police received the first call about an emotionally disturbed man who threatened a woman with a glass bottle outside 80 East Third Street, and attempted to steal money. He then fled south […]

The ‘Basic Necessities’ of Broome Street

Six months ago, Basic Necessities became part of Broome Street. Conceived by artist Michelle Repiso, the multimedia project tackles “three individuals and the mechanisms they used to sustain their humanity while incarcerated.” Now, with an Artist Corps Grant, Repiso is taking it one step further with community engagement. Tomorrow, the artist will be crowdsourcing participants’ […]

St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery Awarded Sacred Sites Grant of $35,000

One of the oldest houses of worship in the city will receive some much needed financial aid for their ongoing restoration endeavours. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has awarded St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery $35,000 through their Sacred Sites grant, a designation that administers monies to historic religious properties throughout the state. The church on East […]

Borough President Implores Parks Commissioner to Address Community Concerns in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Two stabbings within a twelve-hour period last weekend highlighted the decrepit, yet dangerous state of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The violence apparently pushed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to exert pressure on the Parks Department to address certain core issues. In a letter to Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff this week, Brewer identified two key concerns – […]

Loved Ones Crowdfunding for Grubhub Deliveryman Stabbed to Death on the LES

Loved ones have taken to online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to help raise money for the Grubhub deliveryman stabbed to death in Sara D. Roosevelt Park last weekend. As reported, the incident transpired early Saturday morning near the Hester Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Surveillance footage shows that the attacker sat on the bench next […]