Invitation to Rivington Street Playground Community Input Meeting

With thanks to Borough President Brewer and to Council Member Chin and to the NYC Parks Department.

From: NYC Parks “is inviting the community to participate in the design process for the renovation of the Rivington Street Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park between Chrystie & Forsyth Streets by attending a virtual meeting on Monday, December 13, at 6:30-8 p.m.  

You are welcome to offer your ideas on how you would like to see this playground improved to better serve the community.  With this input, the Parks Department will develop a plan for the renovation, which will be presented to the Community Board 3 parks committee for public review at a later date. If you want to help improve this playground, please join this meeting and feel free to invite others who may be interested.

You must register in advance for the meeting:

This project has been funded by:

Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Margaret Chin.

We hope you can join us.”


City Relief Begins Their Thursdays in Sara Roosevelt Park

City Relief created an oasis of caring in a tough part of  our park. They brought hot chocolate, hot soup, health/resources and a listening ear (and cleaned up!).

Our deepest gratitude to Teresa, Josiah, Trish, all the volunteers and other organizations that came out.


While some of us got to garden in the nearby plots:


And from M’Finda Garden:


Poem for a Peregrin Falcon



From Elizabeth Hardwick. Our beloved bird whisperer.



The skies above, all foamy froth and wind-whipped cloth, are emptier today,

A Wild Air Rider, A Daring Gusty Glider, too soon has gone away,

Quiet now, a dozen harmless doves, strewn thither, in motionless array,

Nearby a wanton pigeon crew, ungrouped, no longer favored prey,

The skies, where lives are earned and lost, are emptier today


The morning sky that day was plentiful of flutter, and sounds of avian bravado,

The local park below was plenty full of loose-knit, pic-nic desperados,

People whom all passers-by leave clear alone and incommunicado,

That all changed; the rag-tags gathered up a Falcon felled, in condition delicado,

They knew his fate was with theirs too, and so spun on, the whirling wheel of fortunado


A neighbor, in his speedy dart, glanced upon the sober Watchmen in the public yard,

Surprised to see their orderly display, he stopped to see what occupied their cart:

The Injured One lay on his back, broken beak agape and wings spread wide apart,

He called me up to say, come help, it’s urgent; suddenly, my mouth contained my heart,

I rushed to see, then meted tasks, instead a Parks clerk halted us, and stepped in to play his part


The skies above looked far away, emptier they were, just another New York day,

Below, the five Rangers of the Park arrived, packed up and Northward drove, the Sky-Born Prey,

The waiting Healer took him in, where many injured birds are saved, a Wild Curandera’s cave,

She saw his plight: the fractured beak, his body mangled from the fight, in useless disarray,

Repair, she sadly knew, could not be gained; so with her power, she made that his last day


Many of the Winged Tribe lose a battle predatory, and wounded, leave the skies,

Flight lost and battle-tossed, they melt into the earth below, a silent, invisible demise;

Many Victors feast on victory’s gain, on their feathery, hard-won prize,

Sated, one more day they live, and in memory of their Vanquished, rise,

The Winner wins, yet bears the loss, an endless toss, of perished birds and those still left alive


The sky, an airy domicile, seems emptier today – a recent fullness passed,

The flier’s highway whirls with wings that come and go, some slow, and others, fast,

How is it some on earth stay long, and some are too quickly gone, myself I ask,

And some live on, like the Falcon-let, who fell to earth that day, and grouped a mis-matched cast

Of strangers who came to help his plight, and then found their hearts and minds bound fast


City Relief Coming to Sara Roosevelt Park


Big thank you to NYC Parks and Susan Stetzer from CB3 and Council Member Chin‘s Office for coordinating this venture. It has already lifted the spirits of all of us here!


Welcome to Teresa Gowan and City Relief City Relief intends to distribute hot soup/hot chocolate and other resources on Thursdays 11-1pm after

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Chinatown Gets $20 Million Grant To Revamp East Broadway Mall, Forsyth Plaza, And Kimlau Square

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the award:

Governor Kathy Hochul

From Gotham Gazette

“Chinatown will get a $20 million state grant to redesign three key public spaces in the less trafficked eastern part of the neighborhood. Local officials hope the projects will revitalize the downtown neighborhood after a bruising year and half of economic

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M’Finda Kalunga Garden

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From NYTimes by Stephen Satterfield

“With the proliferation of Instagram accounts like Black Men With Gardens and Black Girls With Gardens, initiatives like Black Sanctuary Gardens, garden-centered podcasts like Black in the Garden and even a boom in Black-owned seed companies, this is a moment in which Black gardeners are turning — or returning

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What You Should Know About Bird Migration and Light Pollution






From International Dark Sky website


Many songbirds like warblers, thrushes, and sparrows are nocturnal migrators. Without the light of the sun, these travelers use the moon and the stars to navigate during their long journeys, which can span thousands of miles and

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Needle Disposing Kiosks Coming to Sara Roosevelt Park

Thanks to CB 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer and Council Member Chin’s office and thank you to Gale Brewer’s Office:

More Halloween - Outside the M'Finda Kalunga Gates on Rivington in Sara Roosevelt Park...

A Masked Young Raven (who volunteers in the Garden) and his parents AND a Masked State Senator Kavanagh!

Welcome Senator Kavanagh (he works on Housing in the State Senate – and is GOOD at it!)


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