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It’s Our Park Day

 

 

Fierce and honest talk from our community leaders and representatives Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Chin’s Gigi Li and Pat Olan, NY State Senator Brian Kavanagh, CB3 Chair (and neighbor) Alysha Coleman, Rafael Hernandez Houses Resident Association Leader Felicia Gordon,  Democratic State Committee Chris Marte, and our MC SDR Coalition’s VP Deborah Jeffreys-Glass.

Thank you to FABnyc for the love and care and work that went into spearheading the creation of a beautiful, safe, welcoming umbrella for the neighborhood and visitors to live in for a day. A chance to imagine what it would be like if we had this space available to the neighborhood – everyday.

Stanton Building Task Force: FABnyc  and staff (and the organizing team leadership of Emilio Martinez Poppe and Dakota Scott) ensuring the arts & fun, GreenMap keeping us honest about climate change and sustainable practice, University Settlement bringing the depth of advocacy for over a century (and dancing & drumming!) and SDR Coalition park advocacy since 1982.

Beautiful artwork, spirited/tireless dancing, vital information on keeping our community safe, 5th Precinct’s Bozzo/Urena, The Stanton Street Block AssociationCrime Victims advocate Panarella, Alexis Mercer with Narcon Training from the Educational Alliance,  Stanton Street CSA share info, block association info, puppet show, generous donations from our neighborhood businesses, Bob Humber’s M’Finda Kalunga Garden chess matches, Pam Ito from The Hort and Emma Lazarus High School‘s seed planting,Neighbors to Save Rivington House, The Illuminator, re-Tree planting, volunteers who worked hard, and thank you to the Sara Roosevelt Park’s NYC Park’s Department‘s Stanton Building Park’s staff and PEP led by our Parks Manager: Elizabeth Martinez.

As Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (and everyone echoed): “The LES knows how to fight, knows how to stick together to build community”.

Most of all, thanks to neighbors who understand we can decide that no one gets left out – and then do the work to make sure of it.

We will have this park safe and beautiful and fun to be young in and to grow old in – and enjoy all the years in between.

More of our Children:

 

 

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