Cooling Centers AND Check on Seniors EVERYDAY During Heat Waves


Play Writing Class in M’Finda Kalunga Garden

When Will There Be a Memorial for NYC’s Second African Burial Ground?

From a 2013 story in Hyperallergic:

When the New Museum was built remains were found under the parking lot that it was to emerge from.

They were taken to Cypress Hills cemetery to be reinterred but no archeological study done as was done for the first African Burial Ground.

Will the New Museum and a construction project on Chrystie Street also uncover remains? Who tracks such things?

Meanwhile, this is a great read from Allison Meier:

“It took two centuries for the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan to be remembered, when 18th century bones were found interred in a forgotten cemetery beneath the construction of a new high dollar federal development in 1991. While that long-overlooked cemetery is now remembered with a museum and monument, much less has been done to commemorate New York City’s Second African Burial Ground, and the dead deserve better.

If you go to the area between Stanton and Rivington along Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side, you’ll find busy basketball courts and a playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, but no sign that this used to be one of the only places for African-Americans to be buried between 1795 and 1843 in the city where the cemeteries were segregated. That is, except for the tranquil oasis that is the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, meaning “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in the African language of Kikongo, which was started in 1983 as part of an effort to combat the park’s drug problem. It’s a beautiful, unexpected oasis for the Lower East Side, with winding paths around lush foliage and even the crowing of a rooster sounding from its coop. It takes its name from the forgotten burial ground as the sole tribute to this history.”

Read more here.

And this map from research by Emlyn Brown.

How Hydroponic School Gardens Can Cultivate Food Justice, Year-Round

From NPR:

“…dozens of students at Brownsville Collaborative Middle School … in the past year built a high-tech, high-yield farm inside a third-floor classroom. They decided what to grow, then planted seeds and harvested dozens of pounds of produce weekly.

The vegetables never stop coming because the crops are grown hydroponically — indoors, on floor-to-ceiling shelves that hold seedlings and plants sprouting from fiber plugs stuck in trays, each fed by nutrient-enriched water and lit by LED lamps. The students provide weekly produce for their cafeteria’s salad bar and other dishes.

“…school [children..sell] some of their harvest — at a discount from market rates — to community members. It’s part of a new weekly “food box” service set up in the school’s foyer. Each of 34 customers receive an allotment of fresh produce intended to feed two people for a week. Three students, paid as interns, used digital tablets to process orders, while peers handed out free samples of a pasta salad featuring produce from the farm.

Quigley’s passion for farming stems from Teens for Food Justice, a 6-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with community partners to train students at Brownsville Collaborative and two other schools in low-income neighborhoods in New York City to become savvy urban farmers and consumers…”

“…A shortage of healthy, affordable, accessible and reliable food options particularly affects urban residents who live below or close to the federal poverty line. And decades of discriminatory pay rates, banking practices and real-estate policies, among other factors, have prevented many black and Latino Americans from accumulating wealth, which fuels a correlation between race and income — and thus, food injustice.

But local networks of small urban farms, grassroots community organizations and partnerships with nonprofits and for-profit businesses nationwide are growing stronger. That’s changing how people in underserved neighborhoods think about their food choices and consolidating their voices and power as they demand better.”


Chipmunk in M’Finda Kalunga Garden

Flowers, Turtles in SDR Park

Chess, Boxing, Steve Nash, Juneteenth Themed Art-Making..but No Dogs in Soccer Field Please!






Road Runner Club Help in SDR Park

Back a few months but we appreciate their efforts!

They ‘ran’ through the park collecting trash – much needed!

BirdLink – Being Built

We hope you have had a chance to visit with BirdLink near Houston Street in SDR Park (Chrystie Street side).

Here are a few photos of the work as it was being built:




MTA Meeting in the BRC on June 25, 2019

Productive Meeting with sharp questions and answers. They will set another meeting, we’ll keep you posted on when on the website.

Glad to have State Senator Brian Kavanagh attend.

Appreciations to CM Chin’s Chief of Staff Gigi Li who organized the meeting with MTA officials and Contractors.