Seward Park

‘Common Books’ Pushcart Returns After Extended Hiatus

Posted September 30, 2021 at 5:02 am

The Lower East Side peddler who sells reads from her pushcart returns after an extended, months-long hiatus. Common Books, as it’s called, should be back on track tomorrow. “Bookshop Baby started school this week,” owner Brittany Bond said in an Instagram post earlier this month. Which translates to more time strolling the street, but mainly […]

Friedman’s to Open Grand Street Eatery Later this Month

Posted April 14, 2021 at 5:01 am

Another dining option is one small step from opening in Seward Park. Word on the street is that Friedman’s, the comfort food, is to open its newest location sometime within the next month. Still no word on an exact launch, though. Meanwhile, the restaurant installed its canopy signage at 357 Grand this week. In addition, […]

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LES Ecology Center to Headquarter in Seward Park During East Side Resilience Project

Posted December 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

With the fate of East River Park all but sealed in the face of the $1.45 billion coastal resilience project, the Lower East Side Ecology Center hangs in the balance. But an historic local park is coming to the rescue. Seward Park, the first municipal park in the country, is stepping up to host the […]

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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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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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