Sara D Roosevelt Park

The Shameful State of Sara D. Roosevelt Park [OP-ED]

Posted September 20, 2021 at 5:01 am

The following editorial was written by longtime Lower East Sider and lifelong New Yorker Arthur Karpati. When I moved to the Lower East Side in 1999, I did so because of the dynamic nature of the neighborhood. Long one of the city’s great cultural crossroads—from Chinatown to Little Italy to Loisaida—it has also, in recent […]

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Cops Close Down Section of Sara D. Roosevelt Park to Curb Drugs and Homeless

Posted August 30, 2021 at 5:00 am

The city is apparently turning up the heat to combat the dangerous situation in Sara D. Roosevelt Park just south of Delancey Street. The area surrounding the so-called “Pit” is now completely sealed off. The action is many months in the making. As reported, this area has long been a favored spot for local homeless, […]

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Man Stabbed in Chest Outside Multimillion-Dollar Condo on Forsyth Street

Posted August 9, 2021 at 5:08 am

A man is fighting for life after being stabbed in the chest outside a luxury Lower East Side condo building, police said. The incident transpired shortly before noon on Saturday, when a purported dispute between erupted between two individuals near 204 Forsyth Street, across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park. (Neither is a resident, cops said.) […]

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Woman Punched in the Face, Robbed in Early-Morning Mugging on Chrystie Street

Posted July 26, 2021 at 5:03 am

A woman was mugged in a violent early-morning ambush on Chrystie Street last Friday, police said. The 29-year-old victim was reportedly walking near the corner of Stanton and Chrystie Streets at around 5:10am when the male thief approached her from behind, socked her in the face and threw her to the ground. Once down, the […]

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The Sara D. Roosevelt Park ‘Pit’ Becomes a LES Homeless Encampment

Posted July 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Anyone passing through Sara D. Roosevelt Park these days bears witness to the dire situation there. Specifically the section between Delancey and Broome Streets, where the benches around the sunken court have become a homeless encampment. As before in the northern reaches of the park, this area, nicknamed “The Pit,” is now a ground zero […]

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Man Stabbed Twice in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted May 20, 2021 at 5:10 am

Cops seek assistance from the public in identifying a suspect who stabbed a man twice in Sara D. Roosevelt Park in broad daylight Sunday. According to the police report, a 32-year-old man de-mounted his bike at 4:20pm near Forsyth and Broome Streets. The perp stood up from a park bench – near the sunken court […]

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Police Seek Duo in Stabbing Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted September 8, 2020 at 5:02 am

Police are looking for individuals who stabbed a 45-year-old man near Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Sunday night. The incident occurred at about 11:45pm near Chrystie and Rivington Streets, an area that is fast becoming a Gold Coast for luxury living. Officers from the 5th Precinct responded, and found the victim with stab wounds. The […]

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LES Soccer Fields to Reopen, Apparently After Pressure from Locals

Posted April 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Two popular soccer fields on the Lower East Side will reopen this week after nearly a month of coronavirus-related closure, and, apparently, community opposition. Playgrounds and basketball courts across the city were sealed from use earlier this month to keep congregating groups at bay. (Parks remained open, for the most part.) At the time, soccer […]

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M’Finda Kalunga Garden Remains Closed to the Public for the ‘Time Being’

Posted April 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

The green respite of M’Finda Kalunga Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park will remain shuttered for the duration. Like everything else these days, it’s fallen victim to the COVID-19 outbreak, and social distancing mandates from the city and state. The garden usually stays closed over the winter months, then reopens sometime in April. “According to […]

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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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