A history of struggle in Tompkins Square Park 1988-91
March 20, 21, 27, 28  |  7:30pm
Downtown Art (70 East 4th Street)
Tickets: $10 



Learn more at FABnyc website


NO HOUSING NO PEACE  brings together an intergenerational ensemble of performers to share a history of events and conflicts in Tompkins Square from 1988 to 1991.

The performance, which lasts an hour, draws its text from the New York Times coverage of events in the park.  The story raises issues of policing, gentrification, homelessness, and the central question of ‘what a park is for.’

Following each performance, Ryan will be baking and serving dessert, and the ensemble will host an open conversation on concerns touched upon in the performance.


Ensemble: JC Augustin, Gustavo Flores, Noch Foster Jr., Eddie Glass, Justin Jones, Saarah Medrano, Josefina Montesino, Mikayla Rose, Parker Rhodes, Imani Vieira, and Yelena Virovlyanskaya

Directed by Ryan Gilliam
Assistant Director: Imani Vieira
Lighting Designer: Antígona González

Produced by FABnyc and Downtown Art

“The False Promise of ‘Renewable Natural Gas'”

From Vox


electrify everything!” — is beginning to catch on, especially in California, which is always something of a preview of broader trends to come. In a relatively short span of time, a robust “all-electric movement” has emerged, as dozens of towns and cities take steps to encourage all-electric construction in new buildings.

Natural gas utilities do not like this movement one bit. The more all-electric buildings there are, the fewer natural gas ratepayers there are. An all-electric future inevitably involves the obsolescence, or at least the substantial diminution, of natural gas utilities. Naturally, they are fighting back furiously, with astroturf groups, PR campaigns, and lobbying at the local level…”

“…playing out with particular intensity in California — has to do with “renewable natural gas” (RNG), an industry term for methane captured from biogenic (organic) waste at landfills, livestock operations, farms, and sewage treatment facilities. (It is sometimes called “biogas” or “biomethane.”)

RNG is not as low-carbon as the industry claims and its local air and water impacts are concentrated in vulnerable communities. Even if it were low-carbon and equitable, there simply isn’t enough of it to substitute for more than a small fraction of natural gas. And even if it were low-carbon, equitable, and abundant, it still wouldn’t be an excuse to expand natural gas infrastructure or slow electrification.”

NYC Council Hearing on Climate Emission Plan on Climate Reduction Goals.

NYC Council Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. in the 16th Floor Committee room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY 

“This local law requires that the office of long-term planning and sustainability, or such other agency or office as the mayor shall designate, develop for each city agency and each affiliated governmental organization a climate emission plan projection designed to assure that each city agency and each affiliated governmental organization remains below the upper level of greenhouse gas emissions needed to achieve the city’s previously identified climate reduction goals.”


RE: Oversight – Addressing Challenges in Meeting our Carbon Emissions

 Int 270 – A Local Law in relation to mandating that preliminary and executive budget accounting include an accounting of carbon emissions, offsets, mitigation, and net carbon impact

 Int 1720 – A Local Law requiring the office of long term planning to develop climate emissions plans for city agencies. 

Please be advised that the Committee on Environmental Protection will hold a hearing on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. in the 16th Floor Committee room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY regarding the above-referred topics. To view the topics in detail, please CLICK HERE.

You are hereby invited to attend this hearing and testify therein.  Please feel free to bring with you such members of your staff you deem appropriate to the subject matter. 

If you plan to participate, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring thirty (30) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing.

 I would appreciate receiving a response from you as to whether or not you will be able to attend. Thank you for your cooperation.              


Jonathan Ettricks

Legislative Documents Unit

New York City Council  (Twitter Account)

Access Provided: For questions about accessibility or to request additional accommodations please contact Nicole Benjamin ( or 212-482-5176) at least 72 hours before the hearing.


For all other questions about the hearing, please contact Nadia Johnson ( or 212-482-5459).

Audubon Webinar on Health Forests Tomorrow

WEBINAR Healthy Forests Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 4pm – 5pm

On this webinar, you will learn about:

Threats and stressors to forests and forest birds. How to improve habitat for forest birds. How Audubon is working with landowners and foresters to improve forest health, habitat, and more.

Presenters: Suzanne Treyger, Forest Program Manager, Audubon

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Single-Use Plastic Bags Banned* & 5-Cent Fee on Paper Carryout Bags

Starting March 1,2020,single-use plastic bags are banned, with limited exceptions, in NY State. In addition, businesses will begin collecting a five-cent fee on paper carryout bags in NYC.This fee will not apply to any customers using SNAP or WIC.More

From the Department of Sanitation:

Carryout Bags

Starting March 1, 2020, single-use plastic bags are

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About Bathrooms in Parks...

The Cadillac of Bathrooms:

From the NYTimes:

Is This New York City’s Nicest Public Bathroom?

(no not SDR Park’s) Greeley Square Park


A curbside kiosk in Midtown Manhattan has rotating toilet seat covers, classical music and an attendant.

The well-appointed bathroom, which reopened recently after a two-and-a-half-year makeover that cost nearly

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From Council Member Chin’s Office: Free Reusable Bag Giveaway

From Council Member Chin

From Council Member Chin’s Newsletter (to get updates directly get info at:

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Since the coronavirus

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Audubon 2nd Community Meeting!

Our second community input gathering meeting will be:

Audubon NY New Demonstration Garden Community Input wanted:

Thursday, February 27 at 6pm

Hear about plans for a new garden space at SDR Park and provide your input and ideas! Landscape architect, Emily Tyrer, will be on hand to start the design discussion. Light refreshments will be

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Affordable Housing at Essex Crossing

From Essex Crossing:



NEW YORK, NY 10035


Tel. 212-348-3248 Fax. 212-348-3670

Dear: To Whom it may concern,

Subject: Affordable Housing Open for Applications

Date: _02/13/2020___

We wish to inform you that applications are now being accepted

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