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State Senator Daniel Squadron’s 8th Annual Community Convention

Please join our State Senator in talking to neighbors about your priorities in the coming year.

The 8th Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention will be held Sunday May 15th 2016 from 2pm – 5pm PS 124 The Yung Wing School 40 Division Street  (between Bowery and Market)Squadron 2016 Community Convention flyer

The Lowline Lab and CouncilMember Chin will Co-Host Community Engagement Event: This Saturday April 30th- free,

The Lowline is reaching out again to insure the surrounding community is certain of its welcome to this techie experiment. Neighborhood school children and their teachers have been coming in droves to build excitement for all things science and plant!
From the Lo-Down:

Saturday April 30th, Council member Chin will co-host a community engagement event at the Lowline Lab – visitors will learn about a new “community engagement committee”.

From noon-1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Lowline Lab, which is located at 140 Essex St. To RSVP. FREE!!! AND…FREE cookies provided by Insomnia Cookies.

The Lowline Lab is a long-term open laboratory and technical exhibit designed to test and showcase how the Lowline will grow and sustain plants underground. Built inside an abandoned market on the Lower East Side, just two blocks from the site of the proposed future Lowline, the Lowline Lab includes a series of controlled experiments in an environment mimicking the actual Lowline site.

140 Essex Street
(between Rivington and Stanton Streets)
Lower East Side – New York City
Subway: J/M/F Essex Delancey Street

General Hours:
Saturday and Sunday
11am – 5pm
Free and Open to the Public
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GOLF in Sara Roosevelt Park this summer – Free!!

From City Parks Foundation:

These links below allow the park groups we work with to register for the sports program BEFORE the registration gets put up on the City Parks Foundation website tomorrow April 27th . Even if you don’t register today please register as soon as possible in order to reserve a place. 

Group registration is also available online for any community kids groups, where you can register and add names of participating kids later –  Group Registration


Sara D Roosevelt Park, MN – Pee Wee (6-8 yrs)- M/W, 9:30am-10:30am

Sara D Roosevelt Park, MN – Beginner (9-16 yrs) – M/W, 10:30am-12:00pm

You can register for one of two 4-week programs this summer. Complete the form below to register for programs meeting 2x weekly from July 5 – July 28. Registration for the August 1-25 session will open in June. Class sizes are limited and available on a first-come basis.

These free beginner golf lessons, held in public parks and on citywide courses, makes the sport of golf accessible to kids throughout New York City. Free use of equipment is available at all lessons.  All new sites for 2016!

As with all City Parks Foundation youth sports programs, the emphasis is not only on learning the basics of a given sport, but also in developing self-confidence and sportsmanship. The program gives kids a chance to apply their skills and try out for intermediate-level programs and ultimately the CityParks Junior Golf Academy – a free, specialized program for dedicated young golfers held our Junior Golf Center in Brooklyn.

If you have any questions, please contact or call (718) 760-6999.
Other LES programming: (Seward, East River) & Manhattan (Thom Jefferson, Inwood)

Free kids sports programming this summer in Lower East Side neighborhood parks!

Group registration is also available online for any community kids groups, where you can register and add names of participating kids later –  Group Registration

Many thanks! –Kirsti


East River Park, MN – Pee Wee (5-7 yrs) – M/W, 9:30am-10:30am

East River Park, MN – Beginner (8-16 yrs) – M/W, 10:30am-12pm

City Parks Track & Field offers enables kids to learn the fundamentals of the sport at 11 citywide parks. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-16 and runs each July and August in parks throughout the five boroughs. Activities includes long jump, shot put, hurdles, discus, javelin, and track. 

If you have any questions, please contact or call (718) 760-6999.

TENNIS to register for programs meeting 2x weekly from July 5 – August 15.

East River Park, Manhattan T/Th 9am-12pm

City Parks Tennis promotes physical fitness while building self-confidence, and is designed to make tennis instruction freely available to kids in a fun, relaxed environment. Lessons for kids are offered at 38 citywide parks. Opportunities include free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events. Free use if equipment is provided for those who do not have a tennis racquet. Sneakers are required.

If you have any questions, please contact  or call (718) 760-6999.

GET UP & GO! register for programs meeting 2x weekly from July 12 – August 19.

Seward Park, MN – T/Th, 9:30am-12pm

GET UP AND GO! is a free, multi-sport program designed to get kids ages 6-10 active in their local park. The program incorporates fun weekly contests, races and obstacle courses with core skills such as running, jumping, and throwing. If you have any questions, please contact or call (718) 760-6999

More sports in other areas on Manhattan






In addition, registration for our senior fitness program in some other areas of Manhattan, is now open online here: Senior Fitness Registration


Kirsti Bambridge| Senior Outreach Coordinator, Manhattan


A joint program of City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks

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GreenThumb Workshop: Raised Bed Design III – Three Tier Planter

At the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden:

GreenThumbGreenThumb  Sunday April 24, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Directions to the event

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Free bike helmet distribution tomorrow 11am to 2:30pm Saturday April 16, 2016

NYC DOT and Council Member Margaret S. Chin at Sara D. Roosevelt Park inside the PIT Broome St between Forsyth & Chrystie St, for a free#bikenyc helmet fitting and distribution event!


Tomorrow at 11 AM – 2:30 PM

* You must be present to get a helmet.
* A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver for children under age 18.
* Adults over age 18 receiving a helmet must sign a waiver.

Funded in part by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a grant from The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee of New YorkCommittee. #VisionZero

DOT Meeting Today on Proposed Two-Way Bike Lane on Chrystie Street

Thanks to Department of Transportation (DOT) staff for a clear presentation today on the proposed bike lane changes and for making Cantonese and English sign interpretation available.  

We appreciate the openness of DOT to questions, feedback and suggestions from the local community and their reps who live around Sara Roosevelt Park.

Thanks to Susan Stetzer for her efforts on this and CB3 Transportation Committee for honoring our request for this meeting.

There was a request from local small businesses for commercial parking outside their stores. (awaiting DOT inspection)

The deaf community requested clear and visible ‘deaf crossing’ signs alerting drivers of this community. (DOT will tackle). We will look into “blind crossing” signs).

Requests for more parking on or near Forsyth Street for close-to-home access for vulnerable populations. (DOT alerted)

Request to prepare for new venue(s) opening on Chrystie Street and Stanton and traffic uptick, local parking and pedestrians in high volume area. (DOT alerted)

A good alliance of walkers, bikers, skippers, jumpers and drivers of cars!

Big thank you’s also to…

Jina, Fred and Tyler for their sign language interpreting services. (and the Cantonese speaker).

Ollie from Transportation Alternatives for helping with outreach and for always showing up to help.

Tenant reps Miriam, Juanita and their friend from Housing for the Deaf for representing their constituency and suggestions of how to make the entire area safer for the deaf community.

The BRC  SeniorNutrition Center for hosting the meeting their rep who gave information about their community of 400 seniors who live within two blocks of the park.

Cheryl and Alysha representing 10 Stanton Street tenants.

Two Chrystie Street small business owners who came (later) hoping to make a request specifically for a commercial loading zone in front of their storefronts to prevent ticketing of their customers.

Bob Humber representing the Safety Committee of the Park and the M’Finda Kalunga and Elizabeth Hubbard Gardens.

Wendy and other bike users for wise suggestions to insure that vulnerable pedestrians and bikers are well thought about!

We have Head Start and other children in the Park. We have several members of LightHouse now gardening here whose access and safety we will want to think about. We have a large homeless community here. We have 3 Citi-Bike Stations and Bike Polo aficionados here too! We are confident we can be an inclusive community.

This project is funded in part by the New York City Council’s Parks Equity Initiative, Council Margaret Chin.

LES History Month May 1st & 2nd AND LES Volunteer Fair May 14th 2016

May is around the corner and we have 2 events coming up!! (thanks to Wendy Brawer of GreenMap System)

LES History Month on May 1st or 2nd! People are chalking the sidewalks, sharing the history of community. has a partial list of the events. Ryan Gillian of Downtown Arts is organizing and will provide chalk and a map those days at First Street Green  (Houston and 2nd Ave).

Please feel free to join the effort and chalk our history around the Park. Chinese, Spanish, English, all languages are welcome!

Interested parties should contact Ryan, and she will follow up with them directly. Here’s her email, Ryan Gilliam <>


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Wednesday’s Press Conference on Rivington House

Thank you to all of our elected representatives for joining forces to stand with this community: Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Rosie Mendez, and of course our local Community Board Chair Gigi Li .

We can and will stand together on the issues that matter!


Coverage in the Lo-Down: Elected Officials, Community Leaders Keep the Pressure on de Blasio Over Rivington 

“Local elected officials and community leaders stood across the street from the former Rivington House building this morning, calling on the mayor to stop the luxury conversion of the former nursing facility.”


The Good News:

“Rivington House is NOT lost to us – by any stretch. Taxpayers built this former school, the taxpayers paid to have it retrofitted for a nursing facility, and the public is in great need of it. 
The DOB has put a stop work order on the building. We have three investigations to get the full facts: the Comptroller’s investigation, NYC’s and the State AG investigations are in gear. All local electeds continue their focus on this. We need to know of  any actions that might give a basis for nullifying the sale. 
And/or the ‘owners’ – who bought this under circumstances that, in our opinion, no one who ever intends to do business in the U.S. or this city should ever have agreed to – could return the building. With, of course, a full refund of the $16million.”  – K


Photos by Peter Tadao Gee and K Webster

Reminder! April 12th Tuesday @ 2pm DOT bike lane proposal

April 12th Tuesday @ 2pm DOT bike lane proposal at the BRC 30 Delancey Street inside the Sara Roosevelt Park between Forsyth and Chrystie.

There will be sign language interpretation and Cantonese language interpretation. Please come.

Give your thoughts on removal of parking spaces, pedestrian safety measures, bike safety measures.

Department of Transportation (DOT) and your neighbors need your thinking!!!