Tu B’Shevat and The Power of Trees

from Tkiya:

“Tkiya uses participatory music experiences to help people of all ages find their unique connection with Jewish culture and to reinvigorate diverse Jewish communities.”

See https://tkiya.org/tu-bshevat/


“How Has a Tree Helped You Today?” by Carla Friend

How has a tree helped you today,
How has a tree helped you today,
How has a tree helped you today,
Oh let us count the ways!

Take a deep breath,
Take a deep breath.
You know the air we breath,
It comes from trees!

Oh let us count the ways!

“Tu Tu Tu B’Shevat” by Carol Boyd Leon

Tu, Tu, Tu B’shevat,
Tu B’shevat is on its way.

Plant, plant, plant a seed,
Plant a seed right in the ground.
Rain, rain, rain will fall,
Raindrops falling all around.
Sun, sun, sun will shine,
Shining brightly in the sky
To help the trees grow up so high,
Help them grow so high.

Grow, grow, start to grow
Like the trees we see outside.
Stretch, stretch, stretch up high,
Branches reaching very wide.
Sway, sway side to side,
Leaves are dancing in the breeze
To celebrate a birthday,
The birthday of the trees.

And, with thanks to Diana Carilli, Labrynth maker:

The Power of Trees

“People need trees. They need to see leaves from their windows, to sit in green spaces, and to play in the shade. Trees draw people out from behind walls of brick and glass, and in coming together, neighbors forge relationships, nurture children, and build a sense of community. Those are key findings from a series of studies conducted by a University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) team.”

Ming Kuo, Director of The Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign on NPR’s Brian Lehrer show:



City Relief, Mulching in Delancey Area of Sara Roosevelt Park and Denard!


M’Finda Garden Bird Mobile


City Relief – out in force, providing love, hot chocolate, hot soup, a listening ear, resources and clean up!!

The hard-working Ms. Lily whose powers of persuasion on matched by NONE as she provided health care information to many many people today!


The ubiquitous and ever-anchoring Bob Humber.

Mulch pile slowly winnowed down by K Webster!

The super excellent and irreplaceable Denard!!

If you don’t know Denard, you are missing one of the smartest, most gifted, hardest working people!


City Relief and Health First And Coalition Volunteers in Delancey Area of Sara Roosevelt Park

Thanks to City Relief and all the volunteers and the 5th Precinct!



Rafael Hernandez Housing with a NEW Playground and Senior Seating Areas and Building Fixes

Felicia Gordon Tenant Association President for Rafael Hernandez Housing Ribbon Cutting today for the New Playground and Senior Seating areas.

Funded by Council Member Margaret Chin’s office and Manhattan Borough President’s office.

Gordon said, “Margaret came and took one look at this and said ‘I don’t need to see any more – we’re getting

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Explorers Help Out in Sara Roosevelt Park in the New Forsyth Conservancy Plots Today

Big Thank You to the 5th Precinct, ALL the Explorers: Christian, Justin, Karen, and Andy and Sgt Yip, Randy Chan, Shaneek Smith. They came from the Bronx, Queens, and nearby Chinatown.

Thanks also to Marco from International Center for Photography.

And to PO Urena and PO Dhundup for stopping by on your walk-through of the

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City Relief Brings Resources And SDR Coalition Plants and Cleans up South of Delancey Street


Again this Thursday from 11am to 1pm City Relief is here offering hot soup, hot chocolate and other resources.

The Forsyth Conservancy was built here in the early 1980’s and tended by them for decades (tended by Tenement Museum Staffers in recent years):


City Relief:

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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

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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.

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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

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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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