Join Our Holiday Decorating Party, Sponsored by Friends of Corlears Hook Park

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This Saturday, December 16, Friends of Corlears Hook Park invites you to bring the kids and join us in making decorations to celebrate the holidays in the park. We will provide all the craft materials needed for an array of arts and craft activities for kids of all ages to express their holiday cheer. There will be crafts that celebrate the winter season as well as Hanukkah and Christmas. Due to the cold weather we will meet at the Vladeck Houses Residents Association Community Room (328 Madison Street) from 2:00 to 3:00pm to make the decorations in the warmth of the indoors; at 3:00pm we will head to the park to decorate so bring your warm weather gear.

You can find out more about this event and how you can get involved with Friends of Corlears Hook Park on our website

At Corlears Hook Park Thursday Night: Singin’ in the Rain


If you’re looking to enjoy a summer evening outdoors tomorrow, you might want to head over to Corlears Hook Park.

The Friends of Corlears Hook Park, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Parks Department present the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain.

You should arrive by 8 p.m. if you want to get a good spot. We’d suggest bringing a blanket. With a little bit of luck, you won’t be singing in the rain. Thunderstorms are in the forecast, but they’re expected to be scattered.

Corlears Hook Park is located at Cherry and Jackson streets.

Gulick Park, Corlears Hook Park Host Fall Community Events

Luther Gulick Park, October 2014.

Luther Gulick Park, October 2014.

There will be fall celebrations at two neighborhood parks this weekend.

“It’s My Park Day” comes to Luther Gulick Park on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. There will be pumpkin painting, face painting, bulb planting and snacks. It will be the last event in the park, located at Willett and Delancey streets, before the public space closes for a year-long renovation.

A similar event takes place at Corlears Hook Park on Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. On group participating is, In Tandem, a non-profit that runs cycling programs for people with disabilities. After the group’s Daffodil Ride in Central Park, they’ll be cycling down to the Lower East Side to plant daffodils in a bed at Corlears Hook. Here’s the Facebook invite. NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

Help Redesign the Corlears Hook Park Dog Run Thursday Night

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On Thursday evening, the NYC Parks Department is hosting a public meeting on the Lower East Side to discuss the renovation of the dog run at Corlears Hook Park. The project was made possible through a $250,000 grant from City Council member Rosie Mendez. City planners will use input from this visioning session to come up with a draft schematic design. The plan must eventually be approved by Community Board 3. The meeting takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Vladeck Houses, 328 Madison St.

Family Fun Day at Corlears Hook Park on Sunday, May 22

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Coming up on Sunday, May 22 — it’s Family Fun Day at Corlears Hook Park.

City Parks PuppetMobile will be joining in with a production of “Puss in Boots.” There will be activities and programs from Grand Street Settlement and the Tenement Museum. Other organizations taking part include the 7th Precinct, Henry Street Settlement, Educational Alliance, GOLES and the New York City Fire Department (they’ll be bringing a truck into the park).

The event is being hosted by Friends of Corlears Hook Park. It takes place between 1:30-3:30 p.m. Here’s the Facebook invite.

Local Woman Attacked by Teens in Corlears Hook Park (Updated)

The porta-potty at Corlears Hook Park was still on its side Friday afternoon.

The porta-potty at Corlears Hook Park was still on its side Friday afternoon.

Early this morning, we heard from a Lower East Side resident who said she was attacked last night by a group of teens in Corlears Hook Park.

Anna (last name withheld at her request) was walking her dogs near Jackson and Water streets at about 9:30 p.m. The longtime resident of Gouverneur Gardens heard screaming coming from inside the park, so she went to check it out. Behind the shuttered bath house, several teenagers were pushing a porta-potty on its side. They then began jumping on it. Most of them ran away when Anna approached, but one boy stayed behind.

When she asked him to stop “destroying property” and threatened to call police, Anna said the teen became belligerent. He punched the woman in the arm and she ended up on the ground. Then more kids arrived, Anna said, and began kicking her in the back, legs and on her head.  After the teens fled, she yelled for help and someone called the cops. Anna, who happens to be an ER nurse, had blood coming from her neck and head. Paramedics treated her on the scene; she went to see a doctor today.

Anna was told that one suspect was arrested. We have contacted the 7th Precinct for more information. We also got in touch with Michael Marino, who heads Friends of Corlears Hook Park. While he’s never had a problem in the area at night, Marino said the porta-potty has been repeatedly knocked over and teens have vandalized several different sections of the park. Another woman was reportedly harassed by kids after yelling at them for climbing on batting cage fencing.

Anna would like to see stepped up patrols in the park. Marino said he has never spotted Park Enforcement Patrol officers in Corlears Hook at night. He also pointed out that the porta-potties could be moved altogether if the Parks Department finally fixes the dilapidated bathrooms in the park. $2 million was allocated for the project some time ago.

UPDATE 5:02 p.m. Police tell us a 16-year-old suspect has been charged with 3rd degree assault.

UPDATE 2/27 Michael Marino of Friends of Corlears Hook Park got in touch with Partnership for Parks. His contact there says William Castro, NYC Parks borough commissioner, spoke with the commanding officer at the 7th Precinct about the incident. Castro assigned Parks Enforcement Patrol officers to Corlears Hook for the next couple of evenings. The precinct also planned to step up patrols in the area.

Community Gardening & Games at Corlears Hook Park on Sunday

City Agrees to Look at Pedestrian Safety Improvements Alongside Corlears Hook Park

Two Years After Sandy, Another Dozen Trees Lost at Corlears Hook Park

Citibike May Need LES Geography Lesson

Lo-Down reader Dave Flaherty noticed that CitiBike installed the wrong map at their new Corlears Hook bike share location.  The map tells bicyclists they are on Cherry Street, over by Coleman Skate Park. Oops.

PHOTOS: Corlears Hook Park Clean-up

Lucie at the Dog Run. Photo by Andrea DiFiore.

Thanks to Lo-Down reader Andrea DiFiore for sending us her photos from the Corlears Hook Park clean-up effort this past weekend.  It looks like it may be a while before dogs (and dog owners) are able to use the dog run again.

Corlears Dog Run Clean-up. Photo by Andrea DiFiore.

Corlear’s Hook Park Dog Run is Crushed

The Lower East Side’s only leash-free dog run at Corlear’s Hook Park is buried under large downed trees. Photo courtesy of Elena Robledo/Dream Come True K9

One of the best things about the Corlear’s Hook Park dog run at Jackson and Cherry streets was its huge, beautiful old trees. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, they have also been its undoing. The small dog run, the only one serving the 10002 ZIP code, is yet another victim of the high winds.

Lost Dog at Corlears Hook Park

This lost dog is looking to return home today, after being found by Lo-Down reader Jenny Coffey this morning in Corlears Hook Park, at the intersection of Jackson and Cherry Streets. According to his rescuer, the canine wanderer looks to be about a year old, un-neutered, and a Pitbull mix. Apparently he’s very friendly, but was found without tags or an identifying microchip.

The owner should contact to pick up the pooch.

It’s Time to TreeCycle! Mulchfest This Weekend

This weekend is your chance to dispose of that pine tree dropping needles all over your apartment, and turn it into mulch that helps plants in our public parks. (See adorable video here.)

The city’s parks department is hosting its annual Mulchfest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Click through for the details.

New Ballfield at Corlear’s Hook Park Ready for Action

Fresh astroturf awaits the pounding of athletes' feet at Corlear's Hook Park.

An eight-month-long renovation project at Corlear’s Hook Park wrapped up this week, and a sparkling new sports complex is due to open later this month. The $2 million project includes a new large playing field for soccer and baseball, a batting cage, a bullpen and two dugouts. Creature comforts such as new benches and water fountains were also added–although there are still no restrooms.

The project, which we previewed back in March, was funded by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. It was the first capital improvement project since 1996 at the 4-acre park, which runs along the FDR between Jackson and Cherry streets and also features a dog run.

The parks department is planning an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in the next two weeks, said spokesperson Philip Abramson. In the meantime, we got a sneak peek with our camera yesterday; more photos after the jump.