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MTA Set to Come Before Community Board 3 Transportation Committee re Forsyth StreetWork

From BoweryBoogie:

“Another Davey Drill was spotted on Forsyth Street last week (above Delancey), but as before, it’s not related to the controversial Rivington House condo conversion. But rather, an infrastructure project by the MTA.

“…Installing this machinery was deemed “a critical life safety project” since the operating M line equipment was built in 1962 and is “too small and one-directional to be useful anymore.”

“Now, they finally are. The city will officially discuss its plans next week with the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 (September 17).

Community Board 3 Transportation, Public Safety, & Environment Committee
Monday, September 17 at 6:30pm — University Settlement, Speyer Hall – 184 Eldridge Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey Sts)

1.    Approval of previous month’s minutes
Joint meeting with Land Use Committee (6:30-7:30)
2.    CB 3 comments on Draft Scope of Work for proposed Manhattan Detention Center
Transportation Committee (7:30)
3.    NY City Transit: presentation on work to construct emergency ventilation plant on Forysth btwn Delancey / Rivington St
4.    Bike Corral for 218 E 10th St (Rai Rai Ken)
5.    Vote to adjourn

Updated 9/11/2018: Details for It’s Our Park Day

At Stanton Street between Forsyth and Chrystie

Stanton Street between Forsyth and Chrystie


“It’s Our Park Day” in Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Stanton Street brings together residents and community organizations for an afternoon of creative activities and presentations and an evening hour of interactive projections by The Illuminator.


The festivities are intended to draw attention, once again, to the need to re-open the Stanton park building, currently boarded up and used for storage, to community use.  The park is seeing an escalation of troubling uses including drug use and trafficking, the children’s playground is avoided by local families, and the closed building sits at the center of this activity.  Re-opening the building for programming could have a significant impact in making the park safe and welcoming to all.


There will be creative arts activities good for all ages, dance classes and performances, a bike repair workshop, and information from multiple community groups.  Partners organizing the event include the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc), University Settlement, and Green Map System. Additional participating organizations include Narcan,  Stanton Street Block Association, Stanton Street CSA, M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, Neighbors to Save Rivington House, Loisaida Inc. and more!

Afternoon session — 2pm-5pm

The afternoon will include speeches from organizers and local representatives along with live music, dancing lessons, art-making activities, free bike repair services, and opportunities to get involved in the campaign.

Evening session — 8:30pm-9:30pm

The evening will feature projections by the Illuminator of artwork made during the afternoon sessions along with historical images from the site and neighborhood visions for its futures.


It’s Our Park Day

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

2pm-5pm (Guest speakers at 2:30pm)

Evening projections 8:30pm-9:30pm

Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Stanton Street between Forsyth and Chrystie


L Train Shut Down Debacle

The Kenmare Little Italy Loop Coalition is concerned that buses coming over the Williamsburg Bridge will flood narrow streets.

The group is calling on the city and the MTA to rethink their plan.

Coverage here:

NY1 News


September 15th – This Coming Saturday!

Sentencing for Brutal Beating on the Lower East Side

From the Lo-Down

From BoweryBoogie

From NYPost

Reminding us of the murder in the same area two weeks ago.

NOW could we have serious movement on returning the Stanton Building to community use to help anchor this area with an active positive use?



Public Toilets


We need them.

Word on the street is that we have 50+ homeless people sleeping in the park.

No bathrooms from Grand Street to Houston Street.

Need open, supervised, monitored, with maintenance nearby.

Human dignity, health issues, sanitation issues.

A short term solution?



From Gothamist:

A Decade After Their Debut, 15 Public Toilets Are Still Sitting In A Warehouse In Queens

“In 2008, New York City unveiled the first of 20 self-cleaning public toilets to great fanfare and bathroom humor. “What a relief!” deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff said in a statement, while DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan initiated the first official flush at the inaugural public toilet in Madison Square Park. But if you’ve never seen or used one of the toilets, which cost 25 cents for 15 minutes of uninterrupted bathroom time, that may be because 15 of them are still sitting in a warehouse in Queens.”

Read more here.



Losing the Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

From the NYTimes:

“The first suggestion to Rafe Pomerance that humankind was destroying the conditions necessary for its own survival came on Page 66 of the government publication EPA-600/7-78-019. It was a technical report about coal, bound in a coal-black cover with beige lettering — one of many such reports that lay in uneven piles around Pomerance’s windowless office on the first floor of the Capitol Hill townhouse that, in the late 1970s, served as the Washington headquarters of Friends of the Earth. In the final paragraph of a chapter on environmental regulation, the coal report’s authors noted that the continued use of fossil fuels might, within two or three decades, bring about “significant and damaging” changes to the global atmosphere.”

Pomerance had one big question about the coal report. If the burning of coal, oil and natural gas could invite global catastrophe, why had nobody told him about it? If anyone in Washington — if anyone in the United States — should have been aware of such a danger, it was Pomerance.”


Black Land Matters

Modern Farmer:


“…In 1920, before the Great Migration drew some six million African Americans to cities such as Chicago and New York, 14 percent of the farm owners in this country were black, at a time when only 10 percent of the population was. Collectively, those one million individuals owned 15 million acres of land. Over the ensuing decades, however, these farmers left agriculture at a rate three times faster than their Caucasian counterparts, and by 1992, the percentage of U.S. farms owned by African Americans had dwindled to less than one percent…”

“Soul Fire Farm has operated on a sliding-scale CSA model that encourages affluent customers to subsidize boxes of organically grown produce and pastured chickens for less fortunate capital-region residents. The initial goal, as Penniman defines it: “We wanted, straight up, to deliver fresh, high-quality food to our people at prices they could afford.”

“…Turner considers the proliferation of black-run urban farms a positive trend, he notes that these growers rarely hold the deed to the land they work. “I support the efforts to turn vacant lots into community gardens,” he explains, “but that’s not going to create an inheritance for generations to come. The way to achieve parity in this country is by owning a piece of the rock.”

“…Fannie Lou Hamer. A sharecropper evicted for registering to vote in 1962, Hamer raised enough capital to gradually establish the 680-acre Freedom Farm Cooperative in Sunflower County, Mississippi, a refuge of sorts for evicted tenant farmers. By owning the land, and being her own boss, Hamer became impervious to the scare tactics of white employers: “She and others like her were able to take a role in the front lines of voter registration drives, were the first to sign petitions, and didn’t hesitate to speak up at NAACP meetings.”

“Penniman launched “Uprooting Racism in the Food System,” a four-day workshop she describes as “training to de-program white people in positions of power or influence—someone who might hold public office or direct a nonprofit.”…The workshop gets them to stop thinking of racism simply as interpersonal meanness, like using the N-word, and to recognize the ways it’s been baked into our structures.”



Two Events re Council Member Chin’s District: Future Detention Center & Haven Green Open Space