Sara D Roosevelt Park

Hua Mei Bird Garden Receives Protective Fence from Flying Balls

Posted February 20, 2020 at 5:01 am

You may have noticed the chain-link fence standing toward the Delancey perimeter of the sunken court on Broome Street. The Pit, as it’s nicknamed, was resurfaced with “sports coating” last summer, part of the city’s overarching attempt to redirect park space while the East River Park is bulldozed in the name of coastal resiliency. However, […]

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The Year of the Rat Scurries In

Posted January 23, 2020 at 5:08 am

It’s the Year of the Rat! This week marks the 21st year of New York City’s Lunar New Year celebration, and no doubt the organizers are scurrying around in preparation for a veritable smorgasbord of festivities. As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the explosive Firecracker Ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am (January 25) […]

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Stanton Parkhouse Bathrooms will Open by End of Month

Posted January 21, 2020 at 5:01 am

And so begins the long road back for the Stanton Storehouse. Decades displaced from community hands, the facility partially reverts to neighborhood use this month with the debut of public bathrooms. With such a grand entrance, the proverbial throne inside the building teases. Behind those fresh cut archways are bathrooms for men and women, each […]

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How One LES Block is Losing Because of Ongoing MTA Work

Posted November 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

As the MTA continues its infrastructure work outside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the surrounding community continues to bear the brunt. As we’ve been reporting, the job is to replace the outdated subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed at Forsyth and Delancey Streets. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency […]

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Bird Watching on the Lower East Side this Weekend

Posted October 11, 2019 at 5:06 am

Binoculars at the ready! This weekend, the Urban Park Rangers from the Department of Parks and Recreation are hosting a birding session on the Lower East Side. The Rangers will guide enthusiasts of all levels to the best spots in the neighborhood, and the city at large, to catch fall migratory birds in action. Bring […]

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Subway Ventilation Work Results in Another Tree Massacre Forsyth Street

Posted September 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

Underground work on a subway ventilation plant beneath Forsyth Street is wreaking all sorts of havoc on the surrounding community. Crime on the block just north of Delancey Street is on the rise, nighttime lighting is dim, and the trees are falling. Or, rather, were felled. On the west side of Forsyth, an entire block […]

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Bones Discovered at MTA Construction Site on Forsyth Street are Not Human

Posted August 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Yesterday morning, construction workers on Forsyth Street unearthed bones. A subsequent investigation determined that the remains were not human. As we’ve been reporting, the MTA is currently replacing the subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until […]

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Crowbar-Wielding Attacker Smashes Windows of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates on Forsyth Street [VIDEO]

Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Earlier this week, we reported on the dangerous conditions plaguing Forsyth Street amidst the city’s work on the subway system. The MTA is currently swapping out the ventilation plant fifteen feet beneath the roadbed along the eastern perimeter of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Originally built in 1962, this section of the subway was identified as […]

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Subway Ventilation Work Foments Dangerous Conditions on Forsyth Street, Neighbors Say

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

As construction proceeds on the new subway ventilation system beneath Forsyth Street, conditions above-ground are deteriorating. Neighbors allege that the staging area – opaque dust tarps, chain-link fencing, and plywood boards – creates blind spots and a “tunnel” conducive to illicit activity. Sex, drug use, and passing out are already commonplace on the block, no […]

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Parks Converts ‘The Pit’ to Soccer Field with New Sports Coating

Posted July 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

The bike polo contingent can now play in style. Indeed, the favored Lower East Side sunken court, dubbed “The Pit,” last month received a fresh coat of paint courtesy of the Parks Department. The unique concrete pitch boasts soccer markings in the familiar green hue, sprucing up one of the more drab areas of Sara […]

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