Stanton Building Restoration to Full Public Use

As more and more luxury condos are slated for alongside the park (bringing shadowing for the public, expensive housing for the private owners) this city needs to move forward on returning this building to the public for all of the public’s use.

NOT wait for it to be used as yet another amenity for those who are financially well-resourced.

From BoweryBoogie: 14-Story Luxury Tower Planned for Chrystie Street Corridor

From the Lo-Down: L Train Shutdown Plans

L Train Shutdown Plans Unveiled; Prepare For Big Impact Above and Below Delancey Street

Impacting Sara Roosevelt Park. With more buses along Chrystie Street adding to the bus traffic already here.

DOT it is past time to install signs for bike riders to heed pedestrians in two-way bike lane alongside the park.

We have seniors, children, sight-impaired/blind, and deaf community members who need to be thought about!!

Community Board 3 Parks Committee Artist’s Presentation: BIRDLINK

Anina Gerchick will present her proposal for a public artwork, BIRDLINK, at:

Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs, & Waterfront Committee

Thursday, December 14 at 6:30pmBRC Senior Services Center30 Delancey Street (inside Sara Roosevelt Park btwn Chrystie & Forsyth Streets)

Upcoming public artwork BIRDLINK, freestanding native plant garden sculpture designed to support urban birds and engage community.

Please join Community Board 3’s Park’s Committee to weigh in on this proposal. The artist is eager to hear from the neighborhood.

SDR Park March-Dec 2018

Anina’s proposal:

Parks department will fell dozens of healthy trees in Ft. Greene Park makeover

From the Brooklyn Paper:

City officials fibbed to advance their controversial redesign for a section of Fort Greene Park when they claimed that dozens of meadow trees destined for the hatchet are sick and near-death, because most of the green things are actually young and in prime health, according to… a report from city-hired arborists.

The agency, as part of its “Parks Without Borders Program,” plans to make Fort Greene Park’s entry…into a grand corner entrance… which requires leveling some hilly mounds, …and chopping down trees.

Parks department honchos told locals…that the green things chosen for removal wouldn’t survive for much longer. But the agency’s forestry report — a survey of all 129 trees currently growing where the redesign would occur that Friends of Fort Greene Park received via a Freedom of Information Act request and shared with this newspaper — shows that many of the trees deemed old and ill were anything but, according to Gruen.

Residents’ outcry over the trees getting the axe led some top city officials to question the plan…

“I believe that the city has not done its due process, and that the redesign dulls the environmentally resilient features that the park currently provides, such as mitigating storm water runoff,” Public Advocate Letitia James penned in a Nov. 27 letter to the commission. “The city has not done the proper environmental review.”

Advocates Wanting East River Beach Access

From The Tribeca Trib:

“The 191-foot-long sliver of sand, known as Brooklyn Bridge Beach, lies beneath the bridge, along the East River Esplanade. A padlocked gate on the esplanade fence keeps it off limits, though it sometimes serves as a stopover for kayakers.

Now a group is launching a new effort to reverse the city’s policy.”

“The push to open the beach comes as the city readies a request for proposals from designers for the Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade Project that would make improvements to the waterfront experience from Peck Slip, at the southern end, up to Catherine Slip, several blocks north of the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Read on.

Pull Greenhouse Gases Out of the Atmosphere Into Other Pools Like…? Soil!

NYTimes:

Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet

By Jacques Leslie Dec. 2, 2017

People reap more benefit from nature when they give up trying to vanquish it [instead see it] as a demanding but indispensable ally… [we’ve been conditioned to think of ] carbon’s climate change connection……when it’s as vital to life as water. The way to make amends is to put it back in the soil, where it belongs.

Excerpt:

“The last great hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change may lie in a substance so commonplace that we typically ignore it or else walk all over it: the soil beneath our feet.

The earth possesses five major pools of carbon. Of those pools, the atmosphere is already overloaded with the stuff; the oceans are turning acidic as they become saturated with it; the forests are diminishing; and underground fossil fuel reserves are being emptied. That leaves soil as the most likely repository for immense quantities of carbon.

Now scientists are documenting how sequestering carbon in soil can produce a double dividend: It reduces climate change by extracting carbon from the atmosphere, and it restores the health of degraded soil and increases agricultural yields. Many scientists and farmers believe the emerging understanding of soil’s role in climate stability and agricultural productivity will prompt a paradigm shift in agriculture, triggering the abandonment of conventional practices like tillage, crop residue removal, mono-cropping, excessive grazing and blanket use of chemical fertilizer and pesticide. Even cattle, usually considered climate change culprits because they belch at least 25 gallons of methane a day, are being studied as a potential part of the climate change solution because of their role in naturally fertilizing soil and cycling nutrients.

On the other hand, carbon sequestration in soil and vegetation is an effective way to pull carbon from the atmosphere that in some ways is the opposite of geoengineering. Instead of overcoming nature, it reinforces it, promoting the propagation of plant life to return carbon to the soil that was there in the first place — until destructive agricultural practices prompted its release into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. That process started with the advent of agriculture about 10,000 years ago and accelerated over the last century as industrial farming and ranching rapidly expanded…

…Mr. Durham’s farmers are learning a lesson that resonates throughout human interactions with the natural world: People reap more benefit from nature when they give up trying to vanquish it and instead see it clearly, as a demanding but indispensable ally. Because of carbon’s climate change connection, we’ve been conditioned to think of it as the enemy, when in fact it’s as vital to life as water. The way to make amends is to put it back in the soil, where it belongs.”

From FABnyc: Storefront Residency

FABnyc Storefront Residency

Summary
FABnyc is pleased to announce our first residency program available to NYC based artists to develop their work on East 4th Street in the Lower East Side from January 1 – March 31, 2018. The Residency is intended for one artist or collective, preferably with a strong connection to the LES. The residency should include at least one public engagement element. FABnyc is prepared to assist projects which seek to partner with a local cultural or community organization. We strongly encourage people of color and residents of the Lower East Side to apply.

About FABnyc
FABnyc’s mission is to strengthen the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side. We implement this mission through a range of programs and collaborations with local cultural organizations, independent artists, community-based organizations and neighborhood nonprofits. We work as cultural producers, facilitators, and organizers with an ongoing interest in how arts and culture can advance community health, inclusiveness, and equity.

Who Cleans the Park?

Last night:

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join for the launch event of John Krinsky and Maud Simonet’s new book Who Cleans the Park? Public Work and Urban Governance in New York City. Author John Krinsky will be present in conversation with Penny Lewis and Gianpaolo Baiocchi.

NYU

The book:

America’s public parks are in a golden age. Hundreds of millions of dollars—both public and private—fund urban jewels like Manhattan’s Central Park. Keeping the polish on landmark parks and in neighborhood playgrounds alike means that the trash must be picked up, benches painted, equipment tested, and leaves raked. Bringing this often-invisible work into view, however, raises profound questions for citizens of cities.

In Who Cleans the Park? John Krinsky and Maud Simonet explain that the work of maintaining parks has intersected with broader trends in welfare reform, civic engagement, criminal justice, and the rise of public-private partnerships. Welfare-to-work trainees, volunteers, unionized city workers (sometimes working outside their official job descriptions), staff of nonprofit park “conservancies,” and people sentenced to community service are just a few of the groups who routinely maintain parks. With public services no longer being provided primarily by public workers, Krinsky and Simonet argue, the nature of public work must be reevaluated. Based on four years of fieldwork in New York City, Who Cleans the Park? looks at the transformation of public parks from the ground up. Beginning with studying changes in the workplace, progressing through the public-private partnerships that help maintain the parks, and culminating in an investigation of a park’s contribution to urban real-estate values, the book unearths a new urban order based on nonprofit partnerships and a rhetoric of responsible citizenship, which at the same time promotes unpaid work, reinforces workers’ domination at the workplace, and increases the value of park-side property. Who Cleans the Park? asks difficult questions about who benefits from public work, ultimately forcing us to think anew about the way we govern ourselves, with implications well beyond the five boroughs.

John Krinsky is Associate Professor of Political Science at the City College of New York and the City University Graduate Center.

Gianpaolo Baiocchi is Associate Professor at NYU Gallatin, and Director of the Urban Democracy Lab at NYU.

Penny Lewis is Academic Director and Associate Professor at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City College of New York.

 

From Chinese Progressive Association: Free citizenship Application Help, Protect from Identify Theft,  Community Health Centers

CB3 Health/Human Services Committee invites you to a

Panel Presentation/Discussion

Community Health Centers

Challenges and successes in serving health needs of

Chinatown & the Lower East Side

Featuring speakers from:

Ryan/Nena Community Health Center

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Roberto Clemente Health Center

Betances Health Center

Thursday, December 7, 2017

6:30 pm

Gouverneur Health Center (Auditorium)

227 Madison Street (between Clinton and Jefferson St)

For more information: 212-533-5300

Two Cities Aim to Curb the Privatization of Public Spaces

From Next City:

By Rachel Dovey November 27, 2017

“Following investigations in London and New York earlier this year, officials in both cities have announced legislation to regulate privately owned public spaces, or POPS….

… legislation that passed the New York City Council earlier this month aims to hold local landlords accountable for their POPS. The rules — part of a package authored by Council Member Ben Kallos — would require additional signage in all POPS areas detailing amenities and hours of operation, and include a website address where visitors could find out more information and register complaints.

Landlords who don’t comply could face fines of between $4,000 and $10,000.

That legislation comes seven months after NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer released a blistering audit, which found that of the 333 sites surveyed, 182 were not compliant with local laws.

Shortly after Kallos’ legislation passed the council, Stringer released the results of a second audit, which found that many sites were still violating existing laws. Stringer’s office zoomed in on 34 of the previous 182 — and found that 32 still weren’t up to code. Some of the supposedly public spaces were restricted by barricades or fences, some featured signs that read “for private use only,” and some gave priority to restaurant seating.

[In NYC] developers have received bonus space in exchange for building those …public spaces..

Kelsey E. Thomas wrote:“New Yorkers are literally getting cheated out of tens of millions of dollars in public space — and the city is willfully choosing to do nothing about it. Public resources are effectively being given away at the expense of all of us,” Stringer said in a statement at the time.