Town Hall with Mayor de Blasio: Return Two of Our Buildings to Serve the Desperate Needs of Low-Income/Vulnerable Community Members

A Tale of Two …Buildings.

Ask the Mayor to help Return Two Buildings to Community Use:

The Stanton Building in this park could serve our community with a resiliency center, emergency FEMA center, a homeless resource center (right here where help is needed) and a meeting space to serve a wide spectrum of groups. It would anchor the area to care for and keep safe!

Rivington House: Our long-time partner and former AIDS Nursing Home. Ask the Mayor to join the fight to get it back and to rescind the STOP WORK ORDER recently and inexplicably lifted to benefit unscrupulous developers who deliberately hid their intentions from the city – despite agreements to keep this a nursing home in perpetuity.

Please join our 311 Campaign (below) to ask the Mayor reinstate the Stop Work Order on #Rivington House

It matters to the entire city that we say YES to innovative use of Park Buildings. And NO to the removal of public resources by profiteers.

rsvp today.


Clean and Green from New Yorkers for Parks

From NY4P:

“…a simple and easy-to-understand guide which answers the question, Who takes care of our parks? Clean & Green will deepen your knowledge of the parks system in NYC, and make your advocacy work easier and more effective.”

Download Clean & Green from our website.

Request a copy by sending NY4P’s a message on Twitter, Facebook, or by email.

Clean & Green is based on NYC Parks’ Annual Report on Park Maintenance.

Councilmembers Brad Lander and Mark Levine funded this report.

M’Finda Kalunga Garden Hosts: Juneteenth!

M’Finda Kalunga Garden has posted a new item, ‘Juneteenth Coming Soon’

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated every year in the garden. 

Saturday, June 17 is the day, from 12 to 3.

“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Dating back

to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas

with the news …” …more at M’Finda Kalunga Garden website

Gardening in Small Spaces: From a Reader

We received a thank you for our work and an offer of resources on Container Gardening and a request for feedback on what kind of gardening related subjects that we think would be useful. Contact Forever Curious here to weigh in.

Posted here from ForeverCurious

“Forever Curious is a labor of love by a group of librarians and educators seeking to curate the best educational resources and lesson plans for people of all ages.  From preschool through college and adulthood, we seek to foster a love of lifelong learning that has kept all of us forever curious.”

From someone who has  “found so much daily joy from my plants that I want everyone to realize that they too can cultivate a green thumb…”

Garden Planting Calendar 

Successful Container Gardening

Before You Make Your First Container Garden

Growing Plants Indoors & On Porches 

Troubleshooting Indoor Plants

Top Herbs for a Kitchen Garden

Database of Plants Toxic to Pets 

Performance on the Cost of Care

The Cost of Care  By Jody Wood

With: Eva Glaser, Georgia Jenkins, Katrina Leung, Doriane Swain, and Cassidy Wingate

Friday June 23rd at 6:30pm & Saturday June 24th at 5:00pm

$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Seniors, Free for University Settlement Staff

Speyer Hall Theater The University Settlement

184 Eldridge, New York, NY

The Cost of Care is a live artistic performance exploring the unintended consequences of caretaking on care providers. The piece explores the caregiver’s perspective and effects of “secondary trauma exposure” on the body and mind. The cast is composed of care providers with first-hand experience of the subject matter, and their performance aims to translate the helplessness, repetition, and limitations of caregiving through movement and repurposed text taken from interviews Wood conducted with various care providers.

This performance follows a series of workshops entitled Choreographing Care. These workshops addressed secondary traumatic stress with social workers at the University Settlement and The Door: A Center of Alternatives. Workshops were facilitated by Jody Wood and led by theater professionals Jan Cohen-Cruz, Rebeca Rad, Margaret Lally, and Rose Ginsberg.

With support from The Performance Project.

Additional rehearsal space provided by Soho20 Gallery

Call for Volunteers for the New Forsyth Conservancy Garden!

From the Garden Club of the Tenement Museum:

Greetings All!

The summer of 2015 marked the beginning of a relationship between the Tenement Museum, New York City Parks Department, and members of the New York Gardens Movement. A cohort of green minded (and green thumbed) Museum Staff took stewardship of three pieces of Sarah D Roosevelt Park. Our group assumed the name of the previous gardeners, thus we are called, The New Forsyth Conservancy.

Over the past two years we built birdhouses and cobblestone paths, we had fundraisers, and mulched, weeded, pruned, and planted… and mostly cleaned. And this year we are staring it up again!

The New Forsyth Conservancy is looking for new members to join the fun and make a positive neighborhood impact. We meet Thursdays after work at 6:00PM outside the Groups Entrance. It is recommended that you wear a long sleeve shirt and pants that you don’t feel precious about. Gloves and tools are provided (with special thanks to Barry Roseman).

You don’t need a green thumb to be involved. In fact, if you have an interest in object based storytelling and archeology, you might be the best candidate for membership in The New Forsyth Conservancy! During our weekly maintenance sessions at SDR Park, we have uncovered an offbeat assortment of historic objects ranging from cassette tapes to wallets to beer taps to costume jewelry (and of course, the ubiquitous boot). Seen together, these discarded, lost or forgotten objects offer an interesting look at life in city parks.

The New Forsyth Conservancy kicks off their 2017 season of stewardship and storytelling this Thursday (June 8) at 6:00PM. RSVP to if you plan to attend.


Jason Andrew Eisner

Education Associate for 97 Orchard Street

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

91 Orchard Street

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How Do We Deter Crime and Other Negative Use in Our Parks?

From the NY Post: Harsher Punishment for Crimes in Parks?

“Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn) said his proposed “Crime Free Parks Law” is needed to ensure playgrounds and other green spaces remain “sanctuaries” … there’s just too much parkland for cops and peace officers to cover.

“Raising the penalties specifically in parks is the best deterrent to drive down park crime …[the] bill is modeled after the federal “Drug-free school zone” law that increases penalties for drug-related crimes around schools….

Lentol penned the bill at the request of the city’s parks enforcement patrol [PEP] officer union whose 400-person workforce he says is far too small to cover … 30,000 acres of parkland…..the union is pushing the bill partly in response to problems involving rouge vendors pushing tourism trips near Battery Park City.”

“…[Former NYC Parks Commissioner] Benepe ….doesn’t think the number of deputized peace officers on patrol make much of a difference to violent crimes, as those are still the purview of the NYPD.”

Parks do need more help. We continue to believe the best deterrent for negative usage in parks is to anchor parks with positive, robust use. Neither the Police nor PEP, will ever have enough officers to be everywhere crime might happen. But if we create hubs of resiliency centers, youth meeting sites, resources for the homeless, and community meeting space: beehives of activity  – we deter crime, we have more ‘eyes on’ and we can offer to those who might feel pulled to a lousy use of park space towards something more interesting instead.



NY State Election Reform

Elizabeth Hubbard Memorial Garden

Photos by Rob Watson


Community Board 3 Advocate for Your Park! Learn the Budget Cycle for NYC

Community Board 3 (CB3) Parks Committee Meeting Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm at the BRC Senior Services Center30 Delancey Street (between Chrystie & Forsyth Streets).

Come by and let CB3 know what changes and improvements you’d like to see in your park. CB 3 will be sending board members out to look at every park in CB3 but that’s no substitute to what you know about your local park from using it day in and day out.