Ralph Lauren Volunteers, Organized by Citizens for NYC, Help Out in New Forsyth Conservancy Plots

Thanks to the wonderful volunteers today and Andrew Citizens for NYC’s organizer and Kaitlin – SDR Park Park’s Department’s Gardener. And K and Bob who organized the day.

Kaitlin gave planting tips, individual lessons on ‘how to’ and trained a group of eager volunteers.

We all worked to support the ongoing, diligent efforts of the New Forsyth Conservancy all-volunteer group from the Tenement Museum. Thanks for all your efforts.

And thanks to Prince and Gregory and Will who also helped out today.

Here’s some of what happened:

Removed two ‘volunteer’ trees that were blocking light and air into plot, replanted blackberry, created pathways for easier access for park goers, planted wild aster, mulched plots, wood chipped pathways.

Where is the Help for Mental Illness for the Homeless?

From the Mental Illness Policy Organization:

250,000 mentally Ill are Homeless. 140,000 seriously mentally Ill are Homeless

“No vision haunts America’s conscience more than the sight of the street people… The irrationality and anguish that grip so many of these individuals leap out during any encounter, whether in Washington or Albuquerque.”
—Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM)


In January 2015, the most extensive survey ever undertaken found 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States.

Depending on the age group in question, and how homelessness is defined, the consensus estimate as of 2014 was that:

  • At minimum, 25 % of the US homeless—140,000 individuals—were seriously mentally ill at any given point in time.
  • 45 % of the homeless—250,000 individuals—had any mental illness. More would be labeled homeless if these were annual counts rather than point-in-time counts.

 Where do they live?

  • 69 % of the homeless (389,000) were sheltered (living in emergency shelters or transitional housing)
  • 31 % (175,000) were unsheltered living on the streets or in abandoned buildings, vehicles, or parks.
  • These estimates do not include homeless “couch-surfers,” who camp out on the sofas of friends and families, move every few days, and have no permanent address.

Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, Office of Community Planning and Development, Abt Associates, November 2015, (accessed July 9, 2016).


Mental illness is a major contributor to homelessness. In a 2008 survey performed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 25 cities were asked for the three largest causes of homelessness in their communities. Mental illness was the third largest cause of homelessness for single adults (mentioned by 48% of cities). For homeless families, mental illness was mentioned by 12% of cities as one of the top three causes of homelessness. (National Coalition on Homelessness)
Lack of treatment for the most seriously mentally ill causes the kind of delusions and bizarre behavior that makes living alone or at home with families untenable. As a result, many become people with untreated serious mental illness become homeless and communities are forced to bear the cost of that…”

Read more here.

Red Tailed Hawks and Snowy Owls in NYC

Photos by Ann Feldman and Katie Leung

NYC Parks developed this video last year for the WildlifeNYC campaign to educate New Yorkers about red-tailed hawks and encourage wildlife viewing. 

Red-tailed hawk hatchlings all around Manhattan have hatched their entire broods!

Apparently there is a Snowy Owl irruption this year in NYC. Check out this video about these striking birds of prey.


Spring in Audubon Garden, M’Finda Kalunga Garden

Sara Roosevelt Park Field and Court Usage Report

To find out when and which courts/fields are already have permits for use in SDR Parks Fields and Courts:

(though some names of ‘who’ is using appear to be missing)

Click here.

CB3 Speed Hump for Forsyth St, Pedestrians & Bicyclists & Traffic Accidents: Chrystie/Forsyth and Delancey

From NY Post:

“The Localize.city real-estate research startup analyzed official data to rank Great Oaks No. 2 on a list of city schools with the most pedestrians and cyclists hit within 500 feet between 2013 and 2017.

From the Localize.city website:

“These intersections had high rates of vehicle crashes injuring pedestrians and cyclists over the past 3 years.

By the numbers:

  • 9 pedestrians hurt
  • 12 cyclists hurt

Intersections hotspots:

  • Chrystie Street and Delancy Street
  • Ludlow Street and Rivington Street”

“Parents demanded immediate safety improvements around their kids’ schools on Monday, in the wake of a Post report that revealed scores of pedestrians and bicyclists have been struck by cars nearby.

Great Oaks Charter School on the Lower East Side parent:

“Seventy-eight accidents near my daughter’s school? Wow, that’s unbelievable. I know traffic is bad out here, but that’s really bad. The city has to do something.”

The city Department of Transportation said it would review the streets flagged by Localize.city with an eye toward reducing traffic dangers.”

Not to mention the parking of Parks Department cars and trucks in Sara Roosevelt Park itself?

And still awaiting Pedestrian Xing Signs for two – way bike lane on Chrystie so bikes and cars know to watch out for small children, elders, the blind gardeners, Deaf Housing residents and everyone else!

Good news? It looks like the deaf housing folks may get their speed bump on Forsyth Street to slow the traffic that speeds up the street! DOT approved. Now onto Community Board 3 hoping for approval tonight! CB3 Transportation Committee: Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30pm — The Lee – 133 Pitt Street (at Houston)


Please Help Find Lost Wedding Ring

Below is a  photo of a wedding ring lost by someone in SDR Park. If you find it please contact this website.

It would mean a lot to the family.

Thank you!





Turtle Release This Saturday May 5th 2018!

M’Finda Kalunga Garden will be releasing the turtles into the pond this Saturday afternoon. 

So come with your kids and pass it on to your friends with children.

Or just come yourself.

Lower East Side History Month

Long-Forgotten Pictures Capture Escape and Discovery in the City’s Parks.

From the NYTimes: By JIM DWYER  APRIL 27, 2018


“Admission to the exhibit, like the parks and starlight, is free”


“Six months ago, a conservancy official cleaning out an office came across two cardboard boxes that had been sitting around for decades.

Inside were 2,924 color slides, pictures made in parks across New York City’s five boroughs late in the summer of 1978. No one had looked at them for 40 years.

Until now, none of these images have ever been displayed or published. A selection of them are here and in a special print section. More will be on view from May 3 through June 14 at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, near 64th Street.

….the work of eight staff photographers…who were idled for nearly three months in 1978 by a strike at the city’s newspapers— Neal Boenzi, Joyce Dopkeen, D. Gorton, Eddie Hausner, Paul Hosefros, Bob Klein, Larry Morris, and Gary Settle — met with Gordon J. Davis, the city parks commissioner.”