Petition from neighborhood: Mayor De Blasio: Return Rivington House to the LES

The neighborhood has joined forces to start a petition to save Rivington House.

Rivington House staff and residents have been members of the Sara Roosevelt Coalition since 1994. They were integral to this neighborhood. We are urging the mayor to join other electeds in working to return the building to its rightful occupation: serving this low-income communities most vulnerable members.



From the Lo-Down:

“For weeks, Lower East Side activists tried to get the mayor’s attention on Rivington House. While their initial pleas were ignored, the controversy surrounding the former nursing home has now become a scandal for the mayor who pledged to bridge the divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” in New York City.”



The petition:

“Rivington House was built by the public for the public to serve its low-income Lower East Side neighborhood.

The building’s deed required it to remain a not-for-profit health care facility in perpetuity, and from 1995-2014, the former public school served as an AIDS/HIV hospice, providing vital end-of-life services to our community’s sick and frail.

But after a series of questionable deals and a secret deed restriction reversal by the city, a group of investors and real estate developers bought the property with the sole intention of turning it into a high-end luxury condo building.

This neighborhood doesn’t need more investments opportunities for the wealthy; we need affordable, supportive homes for our community’s most vulnerable.

It’s time the Mayor stand up for this city’s elderly and sick and stand up to profiteering real estate developers who are tearing apart all of our communities.

Help us win Rivington House back for the community that needs it. Sign this petition and tell Mayor De Blasio to reverse the deed restriction and return Rivington House to the people of the Lower East Side.

Thank you for helping us win this vital building back. ” – Neighbors to Save Rivington House



From the Lo-Down: “Brewer, Chin Push Legislation to Reform Deed Change Process”

From the Lo-Down:

“Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Margaret Chin [asking] …for more transparency for changes in deed restrictions.

The bill…is a direct response to the Rivington House fiasco….

…The legislation would create a searchable database of all deed restrictions imposed by the city and require the administration to provide adequate notice to local communities…”

CM’s Ben Kallos and Mark Levine, CB3 chair Gigi Li and CB10 chair Henrietta Lyle were on hand as well.

The Uni Project in Sara Roosevelt Park “Make a Place for Learning”

The Uni Project has launched an eight week residency in Sara D. Roosevelt Park in NYC’s Chinatown.

In partnership with NYC Parks Community Parks Initiative and supported by Leaves of Grass Fund and Green Below 14. Join us at the Hester St Crossing of the park every Thursday 3:30pm-7:30pm through June. (schedule)



DNAinfo: Sara D. Roosevelt Park Still in Need of Public Restrooms

DNAinfo: By Allegra Hobbs | May 25, 2016 1:47pm

“The Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition since 1994 has been championing efforts to have the city reactivate a Parks Department building on Stanton Street — beginning with the unused restrooms — that has sat as an otherwise derelict storage facility since the 1980s. ”

“… the department remains unmoved in the face of …demands to return the rest of the Stanton House building to community use …. staunchly supported by Community Board 3, according to board chair Gigi Li — arguing the department needs the space for storage. ”

Parks Department uses 3 of 4 Parks buildings in Sara Roosevelt Park for Borough and City-wide usage. Not quite right for this struggling park to carry the rest of the City and Borough’s storage needs?



Juneteenth coming to M’Finda Kalunga Garden June 19th!


It’s My Park Day

The city-wide It’s My Park Day is happening in parks all over the city from this weekend through the summer. M’Finda Kalunga Garden is celebrating the day on Saturday, May 21. All are welcome for volunteering to clean up, plant, prune, eat, drink and hang out. There will also be activities for children, turtles, fish and maybe chickens.

(Click on photo to print flyer. Or pass on to friends.)


Gun Buy Back Program

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State Senator Daniel Squadron’s 8th Annual Community Convention

Please join our State Senator in talking to neighbors about your priorities in the coming year.

The 8th Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention will be held Sunday May 15th 2016 from 2pm – 5pm PS 124 The Yung Wing School 40 Division Street  (between Bowery and Market)Squadron 2016 Community Convention flyer

The Lowline Lab and CouncilMember Chin will Co-Host Community Engagement Event: This Saturday April 30th- free,

The Lowline is reaching out again to insure the surrounding community is certain of its welcome to this techie experiment. Neighborhood school children and their teachers have been coming in droves to build excitement for all things science and plant!
From the Lo-Down:

Saturday April 30th, Council member Chin will co-host a community engagement event at the Lowline Lab – visitors will learn about a new “community engagement committee”.

From noon-1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Lowline Lab, which is located at 140 Essex St. To RSVP. FREE!!! AND…FREE cookies provided by Insomnia Cookies.

The Lowline Lab is a long-term open laboratory and technical exhibit designed to test and showcase how the Lowline will grow and sustain plants underground. Built inside an abandoned market on the Lower East Side, just two blocks from the site of the proposed future Lowline, the Lowline Lab includes a series of controlled experiments in an environment mimicking the actual Lowline site.

140 Essex Street
(between Rivington and Stanton Streets)
Lower East Side – New York City
Subway: J/M/F Essex Delancey Street

General Hours:
Saturday and Sunday
11am – 5pm
Free and Open to the Public
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GOLF in Sara Roosevelt Park this summer – Free!!

From City Parks Foundation:

These links below allow the park groups we work with to register for the sports program BEFORE the registration gets put up on the City Parks Foundation website tomorrow April 27th . Even if you don’t register today please register as soon as possible in order to reserve a place. 

Group registration is also available online for any community kids groups, where you can register and add names of participating kids later –  Group Registration


Sara D Roosevelt Park, MN – Pee Wee (6-8 yrs)- M/W, 9:30am-10:30am

Sara D Roosevelt Park, MN – Beginner (9-16 yrs) – M/W, 10:30am-12:00pm

You can register for one of two 4-week programs this summer. Complete the form below to register for programs meeting 2x weekly from July 5 – July 28. Registration for the August 1-25 session will open in June. Class sizes are limited and available on a first-come basis.

These free beginner golf lessons, held in public parks and on citywide courses, makes the sport of golf accessible to kids throughout New York City. Free use of equipment is available at all lessons.  All new sites for 2016!

As with all City Parks Foundation youth sports programs, the emphasis is not only on learning the basics of a given sport, but also in developing self-confidence and sportsmanship. The program gives kids a chance to apply their skills and try out for intermediate-level programs and ultimately the CityParks Junior Golf Academy – a free, specialized program for dedicated young golfers held our Junior Golf Center in Brooklyn.

If you have any questions, please contact or call (718) 760-6999.
Other LES programming: (Seward, East River) & Manhattan (Thom Jefferson, Inwood)

Free kids sports programming this summer in Lower East Side neighborhood parks!

Group registration is also available online for any community kids groups, where you can register and add names of participating kids later –  Group Registration

Many thanks! –Kirsti


East River Park, MN – Pee Wee (5-7 yrs) – M/W, 9:30am-10:30am

East River Park, MN – Beginner (8-16 yrs) – M/W, 10:30am-12pm

City Parks Track & Field offers enables kids to learn the fundamentals of the sport at 11 citywide parks. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-16 and runs each July and August in parks throughout the five boroughs. Activities includes long jump, shot put, hurdles, discus, javelin, and track. 

If you have any questions, please contact or call (718) 760-6999.

TENNIS to register for programs meeting 2x weekly from July 5 – August 15.

East River Park, Manhattan T/Th 9am-12pm

City Parks Tennis promotes physical fitness while building self-confidence, and is designed to make tennis instruction freely available to kids in a fun, relaxed environment. Lessons for kids are offered at 38 citywide parks. Opportunities include free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events. Free use if equipment is provided for those who do not have a tennis racquet. Sneakers are required.

If you have any questions, please contact  or call (718) 760-6999.

GET UP & GO! register for programs meeting 2x weekly from July 12 – August 19.

Seward Park, MN – T/Th, 9:30am-12pm

GET UP AND GO! is a free, multi-sport program designed to get kids ages 6-10 active in their local park. The program incorporates fun weekly contests, races and obstacle courses with core skills such as running, jumping, and throwing. If you have any questions, please contact or call (718) 760-6999

More sports in other areas on Manhattan






In addition, registration for our senior fitness program in some other areas of Manhattan, is now open online here: Senior Fitness Registration


Kirsti Bambridge| Senior Outreach Coordinator, Manhattan


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