Here are a few photos from the NYC Municipal Archives Online Gallery that show the blocks that became the Sara D Roosevelt Park. These are screen grabs that are watermarked, since the the archive charges for the photos, but you get the idea. You can find the location of most of these in the bottom left.
Here’s is the Parks Department page with a short history of the park.
Every year the Hester Street Collaborative works with 150 local middle school students at M.S. 131 to create a two month-long lantern installation in Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown. In the sixth year of this project, to celebrate the Year of the Snake, the students have constructed a 180 foot long snake along one of the walkways in the park.
Visit their Facebook page.
Here’s a recent article by K Webster in the Lo-Down about the Stanton Street Park building, and the need to get it reopened.
K Webster was interviewed for a post in The Local/East Village blog.
Here is a New York Times article from October 27, 2006. Some recent history of our park.
Extend your green network and learn sustainability skills at the
Sara D Sustainability Series!
Two Lower East Side-based Nonprofits – Time’s Up! and Green Map System – have teamed up with M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to present this series of free workshops and practical training for community sustainability.
Join us in this rare outdoor public space to learn about
Carbon-Free Mobility! Green Jobs! Waste Reduction! Much More!
The workshops will take place each Friday in August from 6:30-8:30pm
at Sara Roosevelt Park’s M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden.
Learn green collar job skills, share your ideas with others,
and taking an active role in making our city more livable!
Note: Workshops will be postponed for heavy rain.
All ages welcome.
Free Workshop Schedule Fridays, 6:30-8:30PM:
- 8/10 – Bike Repair & Safety
- 8/17 – Green Jobs in our Community & Intro to Tools
- 8/24 – Composting, Bokashi & Mud Ball Making
- 8/31 – Bike Repair & Safety
M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, in Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Rivington Street (between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets).
By subway, take the J to Bowery or the F to 2nd Avenue.
We were thrilled to hear about funding for SDR park from Council Member Margaret Chin’s office. It makes an enormous difference to have that kind of infusion in a park that serves so many residents and visitors in the densely packed Lower East Side. Especially since it is earmarked for the Stanton Street Park’s building.
We are gathering resources, help and commitments to help turn this storage space into a viable space for much needed teen/tween programming for the local community. All parties seem to be eager to work out any difficulties in making it happen!
This area serves four high schools, Housing sponsored by the NY Society for the Deaf, the Rafael Hernandez NYCHA building, Section 8 housing on 10 Stanton Street, Avalon Bay, the soccer field on Stanton and a rehabilitation facility on Chrystie Street.
We thank our Council Member for keeping this area in her sights.