Seward Park

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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Despite Governor’s Recent Reopening Mandate, Seward Park Courts Remain Padlocked [Updated]

Last modified May 22, 2020 at 10:38 am

During this Covid-19 pandemic, students and community have forfeited sports and other outdoor activities for weeks.  They crave a resumption in activity, yet here on the Lower East Side, are blocked by the collective Seward Park high schools. The padlocks remain in place on a valuable neighborhood asset – the Seward Park Campus/Community Playground, situated […]

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Underdog ‘Togo’ Finally Gets Credit in Disney+ Film

Posted December 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

Balto always takes the credit, but the real underdog was always Togo. And now he’s got a movie of his own. It all started in the small Alaskan town of Nome, where, in 1925, diphtheria killed two children and was on the rise. Closest town with the medicine was Nenana, located 674 miles away. It […]

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Remodeled Seward Park Reopens to the Public

Last modified December 9, 2019 at 2:46 pm

The remodeled Seward Park is now open to the public. Completed in just about six months, this $6.4 million capital works project refreshed many of the deteriorating conditions of the park. And in arguably record timing. Improvements include new park furnishings, equipment, expanded garden area, and renovated library plaza. Yet probably the most significant change […]

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The $6.4M Redesigned Seward Park Reopens Next Week

Posted December 2, 2019 at 5:09 am

Years of planning, politicking, and fundraising culminates later this month in the opening of the redesigned Seward Park. Completed in just about six months, this $6.4 million capital works project refreshed many of the deteriorating conditions of the park. And in arguably record timing. As previously reported, the Seward Park Conservancy fought the last several […]

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Togo to go: Bronze Dog Statue in Seward Park is Relocated

Posted November 8, 2019 at 5:02 am

The bronze dog sculpture near the East Broadway entrance to Seward Park is easy to miss. Before its relocation last week, he had been buried in the brush, guarding the small children’s playground (i.e. the tot lot). Now, as part of the ongoing $6.4 million “Parks Without Borders” renovations, he’s on the move. So this […]

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Beer Fridge on Essex Street Shuts Down

Posted July 8, 2019 at 5:03 am

Beer Fridge had been on ice of late. Now it’s officially closed. Cracks began to surface last summer when ownership sought occupants to share the retail space. Then, in December, the Essex Street beer shop “endured a heavy hit” of a busted refrigerator. This seemingly simple loss caused “ungodly repair costs, days of closure and […]

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‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park Dismantled, Headed to Philadelphia

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The photographic tribute to mom-and-pop businesses on the Lower East Side is now gone. Acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers James and Karla Murray this week dismantled the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, which had been seated in a Seward Park plant-bed for the last year. The duo has plans for a permanent revival, though. Yet not in […]

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Already with NYPL, Seward Park Gains a ‘Little Free Library’

Posted June 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

Seward Park just gained a new library … in the shadow of another. And one that won’t nab you for late fees. Over the weekend, the Seward Park Conservancy unveiled the Seward Park Little Free Library. It’s a wee weatherproof cubby next to the small children’s playground inside the park, and operates on the standard […]

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With $6.4M Remodeling of Seward Park Underway, Pols Celebrate Official Groundbreaking

Posted June 3, 2019 at 5:07 am

The multimillion-dollar renovation of Seward Park is already six months deep. But the official groundbreaking transpired Friday morning with token media display and shovel poses. Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and members of Community Board 3 to celebrate the $6.4 million construction project. As previously reported, […]

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