From the Lo-Down: Good Samaritan Helped Victim After Forsyth Street Attack

The only good news out of this horror was that someone stepped forward to help.

Thank you to that person.

From the Lo-Down:

“The incident, at the intersection of Forsyth and Stanton streets, happened at around 6 a.m. Brown was taken into custody and charged with assault and drug possession.

Channel 7 talked with the victim’s grandson, who says she had gone outside to collect cans for recycling. “Her face looked really swollen, the doctor had to put a tube in her mouth entirely so she could breathe properly..it’s just horrible,” the grandson said.”

The Daily News reported that the 61-year-old woman, “suffered bleeding on her brain, and needed to be intubated after the Saturday attack.” A good Samaritan apparently came to her aid during the incident.”

DNAinfo: Woman Badly Beaten Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park, NYPD Says

From DNAinfo: Excerpt

Photo DNAinfo: A woman was beaten near Sara D. Roosevelt Park’s derelict storehouse at Forsyth and Stanton streets, police said.

LOWER EAST SIDE — A man viciously pummeled a 61-year-old woman near Sara D. Roosevelt Park early Saturday morning.

“The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with bleeding in her brain and was intubated Saturday evening, police and prosecutors said. Police were not able to provide an update on the victim’s status Tuesday.”

From SDR Coalition: Our hopes for her recovery and return to her home. And that this provides the impetus to change this derelict building into a thriving community center. The only way you change negative use in an area is to people it with positive use. That’s our 40+ decades of experience removing predators from the park.

From BoweryBoogie: Woman Severely Beaten on Stanton Street Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park this Past Saturday

BoweryBoogie:

“…the assault that transpired early Saturday morning at Stanton and Forsyth Streets. Near the Stanton Storehouse in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. At roughly 6am, a woman in her fifties was beaten unconcious …She was taken to Bellevue, and was reportedly in stable condition by afternoon.

Par for the course. This area of Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a known hotbed of drug activity for both users and dealers….

Meanwhile, activists from Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition are pushing ever harder to reclaim the Stanton Storehouse. And not just as a public bathroom. Advocates argue that reactivating the structure for community use could help mitigate some of the localized violence and illicit activity.”

They continue to argue the following

  • Have the building occupied and active 24/7
  • Remove the cargo container alongside it (that holds overflow storage) where illicit activity happens day and night
  • Have 24/7 security and maintenance for the bathrooms
  • Create an RFP for a local not-for-profit to run, program and organize the “Stanton Center” The local not-for-profit coordinates shared space for:
    • A homeless outreach unit from a reputable homeless aide organization daytimes
    • A resiliency hub/education center to be run by a reputable resiliency organization daytimes
    • An after-school for the local high schools use early evenings
    • Community meeting space in the evenings

From NYers for Parks: Last Chance to Give Testify on the City Parks Budget

This Thursday, May 25 is the last chance for the public to give testimony to the City Council on the upcoming fiscal year city budget. The Committee on Finance hearing will begin at 10 am, with the public comment period slated to begin at 1 pm.

Don’t have time to give testimony? Add your name to our letter to the Mayor and City Council and let them know you support a strong budget for NYC’s parks.

Monday, May 22, 2017

This Thursday, May 25 is the last chance for the public to give testimony to the City Council on the upcoming fiscal year city budget. The Committee on Finance hearing will begin at 10 am, with the public comment period slated to begin at 1 pm.

Want to brush up on how to give testimony? Our webinar (and transcript) tells you everything you need to know, from how to check-in, how long it should last, to how to shape your messaging.

Want to learn more about how you can influence the city budget? Find out how it all works, including opportunities to make your voice heard, here.

Last Chance to Testify on the City Parks Budget!

Disturbing NY Post Article Questioning a Rumored Park’s Department Strategy for Public Input

If true, this is problematic.

A lot of us spend volunteer hours, days, or lifetimes making our local park’s beautiful, functional and safe. The possibility that neighborhood input at Park’s public meetings is just a troublesome ritual to try to manipulate opinion to align with a foregone conclusion is insulting to say the least.

It’s insulting not only to Park volunteers, but to Park’s staff and workers who are intelligent enough to make a case – if there is a case to be made.

If Park’s can’t honestly do that? There’s a very good chance it doesn’t make sense for the park.

There is a place for bureaucratic proposal making. But it then needs to be tested against local experience and knowledge. Knowledge that has been honed over decades in many cases.

When Manhattan Commissioner Castro has attended public meetings we usually feel he listens and engages. We aren’t always ‘nice’ about it but he’s stayed trying to hear what is being said. And sometimes he argues back. It’s how democracy works. People need to be listened to – even if our thinking won’t work in the current circumstances. And, once in a while, Parks has to admit that it doesn’t know everything and doesn’t always have the best ideas! So far we’ve done well in our give and take. Though we have a few urgent issues that will need action to keep the public safe which could test our collegial ways.

Government is under attack these days because many people believe it doesn’t respond or care. That’s not good for democracy. And it doesn’t only happen in DC.

Oh, and though we doubt anyone from Parks who works around the LES and Chinatown would need reminding… but just in case…putting on a happy face to get us to agree to something will just make us wonder if you’ve been taken over by aliens.

According to the NY Post:

And you can leave a comment on the well known Park blog “A Walk in the Park”

Parks Department ‘pressured’ workers to attend public engagement meetings

“The lectures, titled “Public Engagement 101: Tips to enhance your public meeting experience,” are “intended to provide guidance for staff who regularly engage with communities and represent NYC Parks at public meetings, hearings, events, etc.,” …Feb. 23 internal Parks email obtained by the watchdog group NYC Park Advocates“.

…[C]ommissioner Mitchell Silver, provided tips on how to avoid community opposition of agency projects, according to workers who attended the sessions…

..key suggestions to rank-and-file staff… use picture slides to avoid talking too much, understand the demographics of the target audience…emphasized being extra positive and enthusiastic when discussing a project….

“…New Yorkers are savvy,” said a worker. “They can see through spin, and Commissioner Silver refused to acknowledge that. He somehow believes that if we are enthusiastic enough about an idea there won’t be any opposition.”

Geoffrey Croft, of NYC Park Advocates, said the lectures “fly in the face of the most basic community-based planning and consultation by government agencies.”

Parks Department spokesman Sam Biederman said it is a “complete mischaracterization” to call the public-engagement courses “spin classes.”

Stanton and Forsyth Area Attack and How to Make That Area Safer

The NY Post carried an article on an attack near Forsyth Street (near Stanton Street) across from Sara Roosevelt Park.

A woman in her 50’s was beaten unconscious early Saturday at around 6 a.m. at the corner of Forsyth and Stanton Streets on the Lower East Side. She is apparently in stable condition.

The attacker ran but he was caught in a nearby deli. “The police found he was carrying 11 small ziplock bags of marijuana.”

We send our best wishes for the woman who was attacked with hopes of a speedy recovery.

This area has become a hotbed of drug selling, K2 in particular. Park goers and nearby residents have been threatened and harassed by drug dealers here. It’s becoming the 1980’s all over again.

We have vulnerable populations here: elders, children, high school students, a housing project with deaf residents, and a homeless population that is vulnerable to abuse from drug dealers. We can’t afford to have a drug problem making this worse for people who are already struggling.

We appreciate Park’s Department moving ahead on the bathrooms for Stanton Street. But much much more is needed now.

Park’s Department needs to turn over the Stanton Street Park building to public use.

We know how to turn this around:

  • Have the building occupied and active 24/7
  • Remove the cargo container alongside it (that holds overflow storage) where illicit activity happens day and night
  • Have 24/7 security and maintenance for the bathrooms
  • Create an RFP for a local not-for-profit to run, program and organize the “Stanton Center” The local not-for-profit coordinates shared space for:
  •  A homeless outreach unit from a reputable homeless aide organization daytimes
  • And a resiliency hub/education center to be run by a reputable resiliency organization daytimes
  • And an after-school for the local high schools use early evenings
  • And community meeting space evenings

We have been saying this, asking for this, since 1994.

We think it is long past time Park’s listened to us.

 

Help From Volunteers in Sara Roosevelt Park Today, Sunday

We got a bunch of help today from the Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church in the LES and their group of High School students!

Mark, Allen, Sophia, Sylvia, Alexandra, and Seymore!

The dirt pile reduced, children’s area raked and swept, front of the BRC got more soil, as did parts of the M’Finda Kalunga Garden. New friends who will come back to help us out!

Nice to have a few long-time neighbors stop by too!

 

It’s My Park Day in Sara Roosevelt Park M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden

Great Day in the M’Finda Kalunga Garden with Ladybug releases, food, clean-up, neighborhood “kitchen table” conversations, and much more.

Thanks for donations from Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, Starbucks and Mottsu Restaurant! And homemade goods from the gardeners!

 

The “Hort” Report in Sara Roosevelt Park

We heard from The Hort on their ongoing gardening efforts with a terrific group of local Emma Lazarus High School students. This time they worked all over Sara Roosevelt Park. Thanks to Council Member Chin who helped fund these activities here!

“It rained intermittently, but nonetheless, we persisted.  It was a good day. We planted 40 perennials yesterday and weeded 3 trash bags!  The Irises are blooming and the lemon balm is back!  We cleaned up the cherry tree and the euonymus topiary… trimmed the tulips…hacked at the daffodils.  We chipped away at the compost pile, but I fear that we were too tired to get more than a handful of wheelbarrows!

Here are some pictures here of our fall activities (most of which didn’t occur in “our plot”).  We worked with the gardener down [near] Canal Street to spread piles and piles of mulch. Some students also scraped and painted lampposts.   We also planted paperwhite bulbs for the seniors and have a very sweet visiting day.

We will bring the Emma Lazarus High school group by the plot two more times before the end of the school year.  Will focus on watering and maintaining the plot and finishing our fall tree map project.

Water is still a huge concern.”

Pam – The Hort

‘Not For Sale’ — The Chinatown Arts Brigade is Taking on Gentrification

From the Indypendent:

Chinatown Art Brigade

“On Friday night, roughly 100 people gathered outside the Hester Street Playground at the bustling intersection of Chrystie and Grand Streets in the heart of Chinatown. Across the street, images of anti-gentrification agitprop were projected on the side of a five-story tenement building that loomed above the crowd.

“We’re using this as a way to reach out to Chinatown tenants and people living in very precarious situations,” said Betty Yu, co-founder of the Chinatown Art Brigade(CAB). “We chose this very consciously as a place where tenants hang out on a Friday night when the work week is over.”