People’s Climate March

Hi all,

From the M’Finda Kalunga Garden!


M’Finda Kalunga Garden has posted a new item, ‘People’s Climate March

Please join us for the People’s Climate March this Sunday, September 21. Gardeners and interested folks will assemble in the garden at 9:30am to have coffee and make posters. Then we’ll go as a group to the assembly point for the march.

Feel free to print flyers and posters that you can find on the website and post them in your building and and around your neighborhood.

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from LESReady: Citizen Preparedness Training


The Citizen Preparedness Training is scheduled for September 17th at 6:00 PM at PS. 15. Please distribute the information to your constituents this will be a SPANISH SPEAKING TRAINING WITH A FREE TO GO BAG at the end.

(There are only 107 registered, there is space for 300 )


We would love for you to join us on Monday, September 15th at 10:00 AM at Nazareth Housing located at 137 E. 2nd Street (it’s a white school building) between Avenue A and 1st. (Closer to avenue A) in the Lower Level.

Coffee & food will be provided….

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Senator Squadron and equity in our Park System

From Senator Daniel Squadron met with Parks groups at the BRC. Here is his follow up note (we’ve posted his City Council Testimony elsewhere on this site):

Thank you for joining our #ParksEquity forum on Wednesday evening. The conversation was substantive and important. Our shared values will continue to inform my conversations with the City to address the parks equity crisis. It was an impressive, committed, and diverse group. There were representatives from parks, large and small, in each of the five boroughs, but there were a lot of shared themes:

  • There is a need for greater consistency, and a need-based system, in allocating dollars to our parks.
  • The parks system must be unified and treated as a single network. Every park, including the largest conservancies, has an obligation to the entire system, in terms of expertise, education, and dollars.
  • The political voice of neighborhood parks, large and small, must be a more valued component in parks equity discussions, and parks issues overall.

In addition, a number of you asked that I share the values/goals that were discussed at the January meeting. At that time, a group including the largest conservancies and the citywide advocates proposed that these five items should frame any solution to the equity crisis facing our parks.

  1. All neighborhoods deserve good parks; nicer parks cannot be reserved for wealthier neighborhoods.
  2. There needs to be a stronger, more urgent push for increased funding to operate parks.
  3. Outside support should be augmented and better distributed.
  4. Community engagement strategies and best practices should be shared.
  5. The parks system, as a single unified network, should be strengthened.

I’ve also included testimony (attached) that I gave at two City Council hearings this spring.


We’ll be in touch soon on next steps. In the interim, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your thoughts or questions.


Thank you again,



Daniel Squadron

NY State Senator

26th District

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Publication Launch Event: How Can I Improve My Park? This Thursday!!

How Can I Improve My Park?

Publication Launch Event: How Can I Improve My Park?

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm
At The Arsenal in Central Park

Register online today because we have almost reached capacity. This event will fill up!

Attend this launch event to be among the first to receive a newly illustrated step-by-step guide to getting involved in your park.  Download the poster here.

Featured speakers:

Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, NYC Parks
Sabina Saragoussi, Director of Partnerships for Parks
Tupper Thomas, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks
Valeria Mogilevich, Deputy Director of The Center for Urban Pedagogy

The event features a panel discussion on the topic, “How can citizens partner with government to improve our parks?”


Alison Tocci, President of City Parks Foundation


First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh, NYC Parks
Councilmember Mark Levine, Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, The New York City Council
Fay D. Hill, Volunteers for Springfield Park, Queens
Brad Taylor, Friends of Morningside Park, Manhattan

How Can I Improve My Park? is part of the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s Making Policy Public program. This publication is a collaboration of The Center for Urban Pedagogy, New Yorkers for Parks, Partnerships for Parks, designer Elana Schlenker and illustrator Leslie Wood.

Partnerships Academy is a training program of Partnerships for Parks that supports community-based park groups and individual volunteers to achieve success.  Partnerships for Parks is a joint program of NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation that helps New Yorkers work together to make neighborhood parks thrive.


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Help NYC’s food businesses compost with local community sites!

Citizen’s for NYC sent out:

Allow NYC’s food businesses to give their scraps to community compost sites, that help build neighborhoods through support for locally grown food and other green projects.

Dear Friend,

Citizens Committee believes New York City Council should consider allowing local restaurants and food businesses to prove their commitment to environmental stewardship, neighborhoods and customers by allowing them to give a portion of their food scraps to community compost sites rather than have them carted away to other states that are far away from the city.

You already give your dollars to local restaurants, coffee places and other food-related businesses; now ask them to support your community!  Use your consumer power to help add local food businesses to the growing community composting movement.

Here’s how:

1. Please direct the owners of your favorite restaurants to this petition that helps NYC’s food businesses compost with local community sites!

2. Print out the FIRST page of the petition and take it with you the next time you buy coffee or food or a meal and ask the seller to go online and sign.  Follow up with an email reminder, and send emails to businesses like your coffee shop, local beer maker and chocolate maker.

Please remind your to identify the name of the business when they sign so we can give them credit.  I’m happy to report that superstar chef Mario Batali’s restaurant group got on the right side of the issue, with their name now on the petition.

Let our communities keep the benefits of organics recycling in and for the community.  Let’s not have those millions of tons of food scraps continue to be hauled out to destinations way outside city limits.


Peter Kostmayer


Citizens Committee for New York City


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Claire Weiss sculpture in Sara Roosevelt Park (BoweryBoogie reports)

“…Faux geological deposits are likely on the way to the head of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. A new public art proposal called “Uplift” would have two replica tectonic plates installed at the top of the Houston-facing steps…”

Community Board 3 will weigh in on the matter at its Parks subcommittee meeting on July 10.

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CitiBike at Rivington and Chrystie

CitiBike interviewed a few people including an MKGardener…

Station Stakeout: Rivington and Chrystie

“The Lower East Side has long been home to vibrant and unique people and places, and now it’s also home to a large number of Citi Bike’s ubiquitous blue bikes! With stations dotted across the area, from the Bowery to the East River, residents and tourists alike can be found pedaling through the lively streets of the LES. We headed out to the Rivington St & Chrystie St station to see who we’d meet…”

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