Volunteers Work in Audubon Plot

Thank you to Audubon’s Richard Santangelo Program Director, For the Birds!

And volunteers for Audubon Patty and SDR Park volunteer Will and K.

Weeding, raking, trash pick-up and general housekeeping!

And thank you to BRC intern who swept and tidied the front of the BRC!

Parson’s Students Give A Fresh Take on SDR Park


At the invitation of Eirini Tsachrelia, the SDR Coalition swung by to witness the creative renderings of the Parson’s students.

It was a joy to be with open minds and talents as they thought through how the park could house a theater space.

We admire the curiosity, intelligence, dedication, care and ingenuity of both the students and their professors as they explored the tensions between creative invention and real-world practicalities while honoring the people and cultures on behalf of those they made their beautiful buildings for. 


Project Assignment description below:



5th Precinct Meet Up with the Neighborhood

Despite heavy rains the neighborhood came out to listen to Officers Bozzo and Urena talk about the state of the Park as well as hear issues concerning the neighboring community. [some statistics below] and serve pizza!

Many of the long-time Sara Roosevelt Coalition gardeners were in attendance, University Settlement, CM Chin’s office, 10 Stanton Street, nearby neighbors as well as the fledgling Stanton Block Association. Thanks to the officers, the 5th Precinct and the community for showing up!

Among the issues: Poor lighting throughout the park, the Public Hotel, dogs off leash in the children’s playground at Rivington Playground (sitting on the picnic tables, etc) Dogs aren’t allowed in playground!, Homeless assistance, drug overdoses – get the drug dealing out of park!!, Park’s department need to sweep for needles – get local providers to meet with police, Parks and neighborhood to solve needle refuse problem, discouraging to volunteer expert gardeners to have to navigate needles/feces, etc when gardening, concerns about losing volunteers and access for children’s gardening and nature learning with these issues unresolved.

Other issues not covered? Write to the Community Board, go to Police meetings, write to comments here.

5th Precinct Captain and officers:

1 Murder/homicide, 2 robberies, 4 felony assaults, 2 grand larcenies for the year

Enforcement for the year 57 total arrests: 21 for uniformed officers, 36 for narcotics officers, 6 NCOs, 65 total summons issued in park

20 Total joint operations (including plain clothes officers): 8 w/ Parks Enforcement Patrol, 5 homeless outreach, 4 internal anti-crime, 3 w/ narcotics, 184 directed patrols

Implemented a light tower in Stanton area, Increased uniformed presence throughout the park, Increased patrols, More joint operations planned.

Reminder: This Friday 5th Pct Officers Listening & Answer Questions


New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman


Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance



November 28, 2018

Doors Open 6:00 pm

Event Starts 6:30 pm

New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building , Celest Auditorium

476 5th Avenue

New York 10018


Scott M. Stringer,  New York City Comptroller

Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator

Aaron Carr, Housing Rights Initiative

Sheila Garcia, Community Action for Safe Apartments

Delsenia Glover, Tenants and Neighbors

To RSVP and for more information, please call (212) 669-3916, or email action@comptroller.nyc.gov

If you need language translation services or other special accommodations,

please call (212) 669-4315. Accessible facility.

From Friends of Corlears Hook Park: Pumpkin Smash!


Join them:

Sunday for a smashing good time. There will be lots of fun family friendly activities, tons of giveaways, face painting, refreshments and more! The NYPD will have a patrol car onsite for the kids to explore. Arts and crafts activities will be provided by the Girl Scouts, Pillow Talk Fine Art, and the East River Park Coalition. 



“Joe’s Plot” Gets Some Love in SDR Park

K and Bin, a new volunteer from the Chinese Planning Council (CPC), worked yesterday on the plot up front under Bob’s watchful eye.

Weeding, thinning and pruning with 7 bags of garbage and weedy overgrowth removed.

Part of the SDR Park’s efforts to make the park garden areas more open for police and PEP enforcement and for greater accessibility for Park staff cleaning efforts and to make rat borrows visible.

And better able to see the beautiful roses:



Agreement (Mostly) on Climate Change Policies? Five Maps

Americans are politically divided over climate change, but there’s broader consensus around some of the solutions.

New data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication – in partnership with Utah State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara – show how Americans across the country view climate and energy policies.

See more here.

ReBuild By Design: The Big U ReDo?

Awaiting word, specific word with architectural drawings, engineering reports, concrete proposals now that word is out that the Administration wants to undo the years of Rebuild By Design efforts.

(The Rebuild by Design with the original plan website Here. More below)


Craine’s NY Article:

“The de Blasio administration on Friday announced major changes to a 2.4-mile barrier designed to protect the Lower East Side from floods. The revision calls for jacking up portions of East River Park to protect it from storm surges and condensing the construction time line to ensure that the city qualifies for federal funding.

However, some stakeholders were puzzled that City Hall would announce such dramatic and costly changes so late in the process. The original plan had been hashed out over four years of community meetings and was already supposed to be traversing the public review process by the time several high-ranking de Blasio administration officials hastily convened a conference call last week to explain how the redesign protects the Lower East Side and facilitates access to the waterfront…”

“…The first section of the Big U, the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, would stretch from East 25th Street south to Montgomery Street and use a series of walls, berms, levees and green spaces rising 16 feet above sea level to keep flood waters at bay. Superstorm Sandy’s storm surge in 2012 was 14 feet.

Within portions of East River Park, the original plan called for flood protections near FDR Drive at an estimated cost of $760 million. The new design unveiled Friday—when news typically gets less attention from the public—moves the flood barriers closer to the water and elevates the park itself at a cost of around $1.4 billion.”



Original Big U Full Proposal Here:

In collaboration with New York City, The BIG U proposal was developed to protect Lower Manhattan from floodwater, storms, and other impacts of a changing climate. The BIG U calls for a  protective system around the low-lying topography of Manhattan beginning at West 57th Street, going down to The Battery, and then back up to East 42nd Street.

The proposal was conceived as 10 continuous miles of protection tailored to respond to individual neighborhood typology as well as community-desired amenities. The proposal breaks the area into compartments: East River Park; Two Bridges and Chinatown; and Brooklyn Bridge to The Battery. Like the hull of a ship, each can provide a flood-protection zone, providing separate opportunities for integrated social and community planning processes for each. Each compartment comprises a physically separate flood-protection zone, isolated from flooding in the other zones, but each equally a field for integrated social and community planning. The compartments work in concert to protect and enhance the city, but each compartment’s proposal is designed to stand on its own.

EAST RIVER PARK: A proposed Bridging Berm will both protect the area from storm surges and rising sea levels, and offer waterfront access for relaxation, socializing, and enjoying river vistas by providing pleasant, accessible routes over the highway into the park. Additionally, salt-tolerant trees and plants will provide a resilient urban habitat.

TWO BRIDGES AND CHINATOWN: Deployable walls attached to the underside of an elevated highway can flip down to mitigate flooding. Decorated by neighborhood artists, the panels will create an inviting ceiling when not in use, while integrated lighting will transform a currently menacing area into a safe community destination.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO THE BATTERY: The Battery Berm weaves an elevated path with a series of upland knolls to form unique landscapes. The plan envisions transforming the existing Coast Guard building into a new maritime museum or environmental education facility featuring a “Reverse Aquarium” where visitors can observe tidal variations and sea level rise.

Progress on Implementation

HUD has dedicated a total of $511 million, including Rebuild by Design and National Disaster Resilience Competition funding, toward the implementation of The BIG U, and New York City has committed an additional $305 million in capital funding to start the first phases of the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR), and Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) projects. The proposal breaks the area into sections, known as compartments: East River Park; Two Bridges and Chinatown; and Brooklyn Bridge to The Battery. For implementation the project has been broken into the original three components. The East River Park Component is being implemented as the ESCR, and from Montgomery Street to the Battery is the LMCR project. LMCR is being implemented in two separate parts.

Sustainable Waste Management – Rob Watson

The Road to Sustainable Materials Management Does Not Go Through Business As Usual 

By Rob Watson, Chief Strategy Officer, EcoHub; Founder & Co-Chair SWEEP Steering Committee [Rob also is the founding chair of the LEED Green Building Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council AND he moonlights as the steward of the Elizabeth (Betty) Hubbard Memorial Garden in Sara Roosevelt Park]

SMM DiagramRecap and Foreword

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed how landfill diversion rates are stagnant, single stream contamination is growing, waste stream composition is changing and asked the question: What can we do to make greater use of the more than 400 million tons of materials that are discarded each year in the U.S.? Part 2 described problems with the half-way solutions proposed for improving diversion through reducing consumers’ involvement in separation, including initial attempts to separate and recycle mixed waste and suggests that the EcoHub’s Circular Integration approach is a better model for 21st century smarter resource management.

In this final piece we argue that mixed waste processing—done right—can 1) ensure 100% participation, 2) divert up to 95% of materials from worthless disposal and 3) refocus consumers on things they do better, such as make purchase decisions…almost sounds too good to be true!

Read more here.