Parks Department Slow to Move on Funded Projects, etc


“..Council members highlighted a number of inefficiencies that contribute to delays well before construction begins — including months-long waits to assign projects to an in-house design team after they’ve been fully funded.

Councilmember Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) questioned why the system for other agencies to review parks projects isn’t more streamlined.

“We cannot have parks projects stalling for each of five agencies,” said Levine.

“I’m flabbergasted by the fact that they have 50 open positions while their projects sit there doing nothing for as much as a year,” Kallos, chair of the Council’s contracts committee, told THE CITY.

Columbus Park Unveiling of Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Statue

“All Under Heaven Are Equal” 


Inscribed and gilded in Chinese on the front of the pedestal is the Confucian motto using Dr. Sun Yat-sen*’s own calligraphy.

Council Member Chin, Manhattan Parks Commissioner Castro and many other luminaries spoke of this important moment of the new Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Plaza.

A cold day but joyous celebration – nice to see Harold Moy and the Lion Dancers!

And Karlin Chan, Chinatown advocate.

And our wonderful former Park Manager Terese Flores and Deputy Chief of Operations Ralph Musolino

A great day

*Chinese philosopher, physician, and politician, who served as the first president of the Republic of China and the first leader of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party of China)

Build The Block 5th Precinct Sector B Thursday November 14, 2019

Join the local community and the 5th Precinct for this important  event! Ask questions, let the officers know your concerns.

The MTA Project

Current Neighborhood Issues

with the MTA project:

We appreciate the MTA’s coming to meet with the neighborhood and with other affected agencies. It helps to struggle through together on this very disruptive and difficult project with some sort of cohesive effort. We thank Council Member Chin’s Gigi Li for her stalwart efforts to organize

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Cut Trees for MTA Project

Neighbors expressed their thoughts:

“It’s very hard to watch! Why they didn’t wait for the leaves to fall is beyond me!” “Here is documentation of the trees cut. We will never forget these trees and who cut them with no need. – speaking in behalf of other members of this community”

“This is

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Today's Memorial

“the poor person does not exist as an inescapable fact of destiny. His or her existence is not politically neutral, and it is not ethically innocent. The poor are a by-product of the system in which we live and for which we are responsible.”

– Theologian Gustavo Guitterez

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Climate Crisis


“We’re Living Act 1 of the Disaster Films We Grew Up With”

“It’s one thing to see images of glaciers cracking apart and to understand, journalistically, the gravity of rising sea levels, longer droughts and frequent extreme weather events. It is quite something else for this thing, this term, global warming, that we’ve

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3 Articles on the EastSide Park Plan

The Villager:

NYCHA tenants launch petition to stop current East Side flood plan

“A group called NYCHA Speaks is behind the petition, which demands that local officials…reconsider the current plan, which would raise the park by 8 to 10 feet along 2.5 miles of the park along the East River.

“Our homes are next to

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What Baltimore Gets Right about Urban Trees

From Reasons to Be Cheerful:

“Baltimore has focused on monitoring and maintaining the [trees] it already has—and is one of the few cities whose urban forest is expanding”

By: Christine McLaren


As good as tree-planting makes us feel, maintaining a truly productive tree canopy means it’s important to do just that: maintain

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