Seward Park

NYPD Rolls Out Flood Lights in Seward Park in Response to Homeless Hangout

Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:06 am

Is Seward Park returning to its scruffy past? It’s not uncommon to see junkies shooting up in Schiff Fountain these days. Not to mention, the area homeless population has also taken up residence at the southwest corner of the park in recent months. So it comes as no surprise that two NYPD flood-light trailers rolled […]

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Resurfaced Straus Square Torn Apart by Con Edison Roadwork

Posted October 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

Figures that Canal Street through Straus Square would be torn up so quickly after its resurfacing. That granular rumble-strip coating – meant as a skateboard deterrent – lasted three months before a utilities crew completely decimated the block. Con Edison workers on Saturday embarked on a project to repair the subterranean grid in and around the […]

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Big Belly Trash Compacting Bins Arrive in Seward Park

Posted October 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

The upgrades keep coming at Seward Park on the Lower East Side. Most recently, the arrival of nearly a dozen new tech-savvy trash cans. Of the Big Belly sort. Big Belly receptacles are solar-powered “smart waste” machines that cost upwards of $4,000 apiece. In other words, garbage is compacted. Up to 150 gallons of refuse, […]

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When an Essex Street Sidewalk Becomes a Runway for New York Fashion Week

Posted September 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

At the outset of Fashion Week last Thursday evening, the Essex Street sidewalk just below Hester transformed into a runway of sorts. Not for random pedestrians showing off their latest threads, but for a new fashion brand. According to Out, the “queer design house” Nausicca was forced into an audible when inclement whether ruined its Seward Park […]

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Refurbished Seward Park Basketball Court Finally Reopens, Just in time for Summer’s End

Posted August 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

The unofficial end of summer is upon us. Perfect timing for the debut of the rehabilitated Seward Park basketball courts, which was supposed to have been finished already. Three months after our last follow-up, the courts are finally complete, repainted (with Parks Department logo), and realigned. There are seven brand new hoops with fabric nets […]

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City Installs Planters in New Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza

Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:05 am

The Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza finally gets a bit of definition. One month after the city closed off the eastern terminus of Canal Street and installed the sand surfacing, there is now green. Contractors were seen Friday morning unloading the planters (aka roadblocks) on either side of the plaza. Meaning, there will be no more […]

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The ‘Beer Fridge’ Brings Craft Beer and Growlers to Essex Street

Last modified August 4, 2017 at 10:53 am

The Beer Fridge is now open, offering craft beers and a growler station to lower Essex Street, just of Seward Park. Soft launch of the new dispensary was last night with a party presumably for friends and family. Turnaround from announcement to commencement was rather impressive. We first announced its arrival at 41 Essex Street […]

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Citi Bike Dock Returns to Straus Square After Month-Long Hiatus

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Motor vehicle traffic through Straus Square may have terminated, but the bike share just resumed. In other words, the Citi Bike dock returned to the new pedestrian plaza yesterday after a month-long hiatus. The brief reprieve was timed to coincide with the recent resurfacing of the roadway between Rutgers Street and East Broadway. Crews installed […]

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Seward Park Library Gets its New ‘Constellation’ Sculpture

Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:11 am

The gated pathway in front of Seward Park Library – what was once part of Jefferson Street – now boasts some public artwork. Dubbed “Constellation,” the wooden seating arrangement is the first cycle of artwork by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong for the year-long project. It was installed at the end of last week. The new sculpture […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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