M’Finda Kalunga Garden Opens Today!

The garden opens today with it’s first monthly meeting. All are welcome to learn more about the garden and meet some of the gardeners.

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Pace HS Advisory Group Re-organizes the Children’s Area of the M’Finda Kalunga Garden

Senator Daniel Squadron at the 7th Annual 26th Senate District Community Convention

flyer crop 3Every April, Senator Squadron hosts an annual Community Convention. It’s a chance for the entire district to come together and help set his priorities both in Albany and in our neighborhood for the year to come.

Sunday, April 12 at LES Prep High School on the Lower East Side (145 Stanton, between Norfolk and Suffolk) from 2-5 p.m.

RSVP here or by calling his office at 212-298-5565

From the Senator:

Last year, the community set priorities, and we got results! Here are just a few:

  • After five years fighting to prevent school overcrowding, we finally passed my legislation into law requiring more accurate student population projections and more transparency when planning school construction.
  • Following the closing of Long Island College Hospital, you wanted to ensure that hospitals wouldn’t be jeopardized in other neighborhoods under similar circumstances. That why I worked with my colleagues and community members to introduce the Local Input in Community Healthcare Act, to make sure the community has a voice when a hospital closure is threatened. 

Come and join our community to help set priorities that will focus my work in 2015. It’s urgent that you be part of the push to improve our neighborhoods and our State.

Daniel Squadron
New York State Senator
26th District

City Parks Foundation


Partnerships for Parks 2015 Conference

Saturday, April 11, 2015

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

NYU School of Law

40 Washington Square South

Complimentary entry but RSVP required


The Partnerships for Parks Conference provides community groups, park supporters, and open-space advocates an opportunity to unite and learn how local park stewards strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in New York City. We are excited to share a day with park enthusiasts from all five boroughs and to share best practices, tools, and resources we have honed over our 20 years of successfully supporting community partners and transforming communities.

Our conference workshops will include:

  • Partners for Park Groups: Organizations to Know 
  • Getting Green $ for Your Green Space 
  • Best Practices from Partnerships for Parks 
  • Parks as a Catalyst for Community Change 
  • Volunteer to Lead: Planning Successful Volunteer Projects in Your Park 
  • Greening NYC: Street Tree Care Tips and Citywide Resources 

Some featured speakers will include NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP and NYC Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Parks & Recreation Mark D. Levine along with representatives from leading nonprofits and advocacy groups.

Following your registration and in advance of the conference, check our website for more information on speakers and workshops.

We hope you can join us!


Manhattan CB 3 Asks DOT for Protected Bikeway on Chrystie Street

From the lodown:


“The plan, which would replace faded bike lanes with a protected bikeway alongside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, is receiving consideration now because the bumpy street is scheduled for milling and paving, offering an opportunity to refresh its layout. “We are looking to resurface the road this year, so we will come back to the community once a design is put together,” DOT Manhattan Liaison Colleen Chattergoon said at the transportation committee meeting.”

Once the design is in from DOT, the community will view the results and weigh in.  There are many seniors, housing for the deaf, children’s playgrounds, schools, etc. that will want to review the design to insure this works for elderly and youthful pedestrians, pedestrians with special needs, and bikers and cars and small businesses…

“Some Lower East Side Park Projects Receive Funding, While Others Languish”

Read the article on the Stanton Street Building in SDR Park in the Lo-Down.

“Where the Parks Department sees a place to store stacks of pristine work gloves, rakes and other supplies, local activists envision a community center. Reconciling the two designs on a Stanton Street building within Sara D. Roosevelt Park remains as elusive now as 20 years ago….”

-story reported by Zach Williams.

Much thanks to the LoDown for their continued interest and thorough reporting in the park and it’s surroundings.

LESReady Town Hall – on Community-based research report

On February 25th, LES Ready: The Lower East Side Long Term Recovery Group will be hosting a town hall meeting to share findings and recommendations from a recent community-based research report. The report focuses on what worked well in the recovery effort following Hurricane Sandy, what could be improved, and documents the resources that CBOs in the Lower East Side had in place during Sandy, as well as their capacity to respond to future disasters. At the meeting, LES Ready will be distributing a newsprint that includes tips for disaster preparedness, and a map of where community resources can be found during disaster emergencies.


Wednesday, February 25th from 6-8pm

Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt Street.

Free! All are welcome!

For more information, please contact Lilah Mejia at lesreadyinfo@gmail.com.

Seantor Squadron on Parks Equity -

We appreciate Senator Squadron’s ongoing commitment to establishing and then ensuring equity in our parks. Our public parks are “The Commons” where the entire city meets.


“…local parks in some of the wealthiest parts of the city are doing very well.. .. the disinvestment in the parks system of the past years has not registered with many … Our marquee parks are doing better than ever, but we cannot let most parks fall behind while others thrive.

…we started the focus on parks equity nearly two years ago, it was clear that there was a limited understanding, and scant data, about the significant role conservancies play in our parks system. This bill would provide important information by requiring the Department of Parks & Recreation to gather regular information from conservancies that have contracts with the City on their total expenditures for maintenance and operation of their respective parks.

Beyond … transparency, Intro 384-A would also force stakeholders to truly understand the costs, and stark realities of government disinvestment, of current park operation. …

… Significant public dissemination and discussion of the information is critical, so it serves the goal of allowing the public, elected officials, parks advocates, and the conservancies themselves, to understand the impact different conservancies have, identify who is doing more with less, and help point to the most efficient and effective ways to improve parks throughout the system — those with conservancies and without…”

Join Public Hearings & Register Your Comments for the Rebuild by Design Projects

Tonight! Bike safety on Chrystie Street…Transportation & Public Safety / Environment Committee!!

A plea from local bike activists:

Chrystie Street has a problem. The road is simply not safe enough for the thousands of daily users traversing it on two feet, two wheels, or behind the wheels of a vehicle. The last major change to Chrystie street happened more than six years ago, before Citibikes were a way of life and Vision Zero was the Mayor’s master plan for safer streets. Now in 2015, NYC’s Department of Transportation is looking to repave the roadway and so the time is right to re-examine the roadway and re-allocate space to better serve all those who use it. Join the conversation and help bring positive change to Chrystie Street. 

Contact: Paco Abraham, dave.paco.abraham@gmail.com

Transportation & Public Safety / Environment Committee
Thursday, January 8 at 6:30pm — University Settlement at Houston Street Center – 273 Bowery

1.    Approval of previous month’s minutes
2.    Request for traffic control at Corlears Hook Park
3.    Request for traffic safety measures on Clinton St at mid-block crossing
4.    Informational presentation on the Chinatown Curbside Management Pilot Study Findings (click for info)
5.    Presentation on Safety Concerns in the Chrystie Street Bike Lane
6.    Consideration of state legislation to address the K2 legal/enforcement problems
7.    Possible sites for relocation of 18 Allen St bus stop