Birdlink North of Stanton on Its Way

The weekend of May 31-June 2, an artist, Anina Gerchick, will be installing a her Birdlink bird sanctuary/sculpture at the north end of SDR Park at Houston Street 

Bob Humber will be watering the installation every day.

MTA Meeting Rough Notes

These are draft – not confirmed or verified yet but similar to presentation by MTA at CB3 Transportation Meeting earlier this year.


New York Times:

“The city’s construction boom is digging up burrows, forcing more rats out into the open, scientists and pest control experts say.”

“Milder winters — the result of climate change — make it easier for rats to survive and reproduce. And New York’s growing population and thriving tourism has brought more trash for rats to feed on.”

Other Cities Responses:

Chicago: has more than doubled its work crews dedicated to rats, who set out poison and fill in burrows in parks, alleys and backyards. It also passed ordinances requiring developers and contractors to have a rat-control plan before demolishing buildings or breaking ground on new projects.

Washington: is testing a rat-sterilization program tried elsewhere that uses liquid contraceptives as bait.

Seattle: planning to train neighborhood property owners and managers on how to stem infestations. .. management of rats, not elimination of them, is their practical goal

“A major contributing factor is how the city collects trash: bags are left outside on the curb for hours before pick up the next morning.”

“NYC initiated a $32 million assault on rats in 2017, which included increased litter basket pickups, the deployment of solar-powered, trash compacting bins and rat-resistant steel cans. The city has also used dry ice to smother rats where they live.”

Dry ice is a better rat killer as it doesn’t poison the environment which can and does kill hawks and other raptors.

City Parks Foundation: Free Seniors Fitness Program

City Parks Foundation is offering free senior fitness programs this spring and summer including programming on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Houston and Forsyth Streets. There will be fitness walking at 10am and yoga at 11am.

The program started in April but lasts through June 14.

More information regarding the program and how to register can be found: or by calling 718-760-6999

FREE DOT bike helmet & fitting in SDR Park’s “The Pit”

The FREE DOT bike helmet fitting event has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 21st from 12:00pm-3:30pm. The location remains the same: SDR Park, inside “The Pit”, on Broom St. between Christie & Forsyth Streets.

Sunday July 21st 12:00pm-3:30pm

Urban Parks: A Study on Park Inequity and Eco­Gentrification in New York City:

Fordham University Bernadette Corbett – Urban Parks

“Urban parks provide environmentalbenefits to their neighborhoods. Namely, trees within urban parks provide many environmental benefits to the city. Trees help reduce air pollution, treat polluted water, and provide cooling effects to the city. These environmental benefits also help reduce a city’s overall costs. “The U.S. Forest Service calculated that over a 50­year lifetime one tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion” (Sherer). Thus, urban parks are a smart investment for city government and taxpayers.

In 1994, trees in New York City removed approximately 1,800 metric tons of air pollution. Trees can block ozone, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide from reaching the earth. The roots and soil of trees are natural filters for water, and can effortlessly treat polluted particulate matter in water. Trees can also absorb nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium from the soil, chemicals that otherwise would pollute waterways. Urban parks also help treat stormwater and help control stormwater runoff. Urban parks are actually less expensive and more effective at controlling stormwater runoff than concrete sewers. Instead of letting the water immediately run­off into the sewer systems such as concrete and pavements does, parks absorb the water into the ground. This lessens the amount of water crashing into the draining system. According to the F, “By incorporating trees into a city’s infrastructure, managers can build a smaller, less expensive stormwater management system” (Sherer). A conservation organization called American Forests predicts that trees within urban areas save cities $400 billion in stormwater retention facilities. More trees also make summer months more bearable for city residents. The vast amount of glass and concrete within New York City traps all of the suns rays, turning the city into an oven in the summer months. “The evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of ten room­size air conditioners operating 24 hours a day” (Sherer). Thus, trees stimulate a cooling effect within cities which can make the city much more livable during hotter months.”

Nature Protest: Speak for the Trees

Sierra Club:

New Yorkers – come speak for the trees (and other green wild things) at CIty Hall!

The United Nations is calling for a global biodiversity agreement in 2020, akin to the Paris climate accord. Given the urgency around the global extinction crisis and “insect apocalypse”, let’s demonstrate our *flower power* on May 22 – the International Day of Biodiversity.

We’re asking New York City Council to 1) pass a resolution in support of this U.N. biodiversity summit & 2) to act on local nature conservation issues in NYC. Because extinction is forever.

*Please come with your signs and Lorax-like rhymes – and reach out via email if you’d like to speak*

Design credit for the flowers and butterfly shown in photograph — artist and activist Julie Peppito. Art fabricated by members of Get Organized Brooklyn.


Wed, May 22, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT


City Hall

New York, NY 10007

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Cities Should Think About Trees As Public Health Infrastructure

From Fast Company‘s site (with thanks to GreenMap System):

Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality.

The Nature Conservancy: “Trees are sustainability power tools: They clean and cool the air, regulate temperatures, counteract the urban “heat island” effect, and support water quality and manage flow. Yes, they look pretty, but they also deliver measurable mental and physical health benefits to concrete-fatigued city dwellers.”

“Diversifying funding sources for urban greenery–and casting trees as a health investment–could also begin to close the socioeconomic gap in access to parks and green space, too. A 2013 UC Berkeley study found that compared to white people, black people were 52% more likely to live in sparsely shaded, and consequently, much hotter, parts of the city, and have less access to green spaces. While initiatives like New York City’s Million Trees NYC have made a concerted effort to create more equity when it comes to green space in the city, often, trees are added to neighborhoods only at the behest of community groups. Those with more financial resources, McDonald says, are often more likely to make and be granted those requests.”

“Kaiser Permanente, a large insurer in Northern California, announced last year a $2 million investment in public parks in low-income communities in the Bay Area.”

Playing in the Park

Soccer, improvised tennis, swings, slides, but could use a volley ball net here!

It’s My Park Day, Ladybug Release, Weekend

Photos from Stanton Area, Betty Hubbard, Audubon Plot and M’Finda Kalunga Garden

Thelma, Rob (and family), Jack and Audubon volunteers, Bob, Prince, Leslie, Hideyo, Sweta, Jim, Julie, Reiner, Irit and all the M’Finda Gardeners, The Lighthouse, Stanton Street Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Chess players, Alison the Ladybug whisperer, Park Manager Elizabeth Martinez and all who make this park the best it can be.