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Running for Chinatown Amidst a Pandemic (Again)

Posted December 3, 2020 at 5:02 am

For the second time since spring, one Chinatown native is literally stepping up to help the community. Leland Yu, the 28-year-old member of the Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club, returns to the pavement this Saturday for his 12-hour “Run for Chinatown.” The last time around, he clocked an astonishing 61.2 miles, and raised over $18,000. Yu […]

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On the Lower East Side, a Tribute to Soccer Great Maradona

Posted November 30, 2020 at 5:02 am

Soccer fans the world over continue to mourn the loss of legendary Diego Maradona. He died last Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 60. Here on the Lower East Side, a twenty-foot mural of the man in Mechanics Alley has become a de-facto memorial. The black-and-white profile, painted by BKFOXX as part […]

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The Glitzy Dog Run in Corlears Hook Park

Posted November 3, 2020 at 5:03 am

Coming soon to Corlears Hook Park is probably the most snazzy dog run anywhere downtown. Some four years in the making, the new neighborhood dog run is set to debut in the next couple weeks. Little more than one year after work on the project began. The overall design – as finalized by the Parks […]

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New Exercise Equipment Arrives for Pier 35 Esplanade

Posted October 8, 2020 at 5:03 am

The Pier 35 waterfront on the Lower East Side is finally getting more attention. One year after the debut of the long-delayed public space, the city last week unveiled additional community amenities in the so-called “Package 4” zone. Just west of the Sanitation shed at Pike Slip and South Street, there are now a dozen […]

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Hamilton Fish Pool Reopens for Shortened Summer Season

Posted August 6, 2020 at 5:06 am

The Hamilton Fish Park Pool is finally open for the season. The outdoor amenity – known to locals as Pitt Pool – returned yesterday as part of the city’s second phase of borough pool openings. Its original date was actually August 1, but “piping” issues reportedly caused delays. “Due to an unanticipated failure of the […]

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There is a Rooftop Soccer Field on this Madison Street Building

Posted July 15, 2020 at 5:09 am

The Ground is where soccer meets tar beach. Down in Chinatown, where Madison Street meets the de-mapped Mechanics Alley, beside the Manhattan Bridge, is a one-story warehouse dedicated to soccer. The Ground, which recently relocated from Monroe Street, opens later this week at 130 Madison. And with it, an indoor soccer field and rooftop pitch. […]

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Hamilton Fish Park Pool to Reopen by August 1

Posted July 1, 2020 at 5:02 am

In an about-face, the city announced yesterday that at least fifteen public pools will reopen across the Five Boroughs. Included in the lucky list is the Hamilton Fish Park pool, known to locals as the “Pitt Pool.” But the cooldown will have to wait another month. The reopenings are scheduled for August 1, and are […]

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Seward Park Reopens After COVID-19 Closure

Posted June 22, 2020 at 5:05 am

With the big thaw of Phase 2 reopening today, the public parks around the city are likewise reanimating. Friday afternoon saw the reopening of both Tompkins Square Park in Alphabet City and Seward Park here on the Lower East Side. The gardens, playgrounds, and courts in the latter are finally back in play for public usage […]

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Skateboarders Are Scaling the Fence at Coleman Skatepark, Flouting Shutdown

Posted May 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

The brief, state-ordered hiatus from skateboarders grinding under the Manhattan Bridge has concluded. Though, not officially. Signs remain in place at many city playgrounds announcing full closure until further notice. Still not much of a deterrence, though. For instance, the popular Coleman Skatepark on Monroe Street. Skaters have begun scaling the fence of late, flouting […]

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Running for Chinatown Amidst a Pandemic

Posted May 12, 2020 at 5:05 am

Chinatown shopkeepers and restaurateurs have seen a steep decline in business since January, largely the result of xenophobia related to the Covid-19 outbreak overseas, as well as the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry Street. Tourism to the neighborhood dropped in the ensuing months to levels not seen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with restaurants cutting […]

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