By Popular Demand: ET at Tomorrow’s Urban Drive-in Screening


Tomorrow night marks July’s second weekly Urban Drive-in event, the result of a partnership between Abrons Arts Center and Friends of Gulick Park.  Last Thursday, Charlie Chaplin aficionados gathered in the Abrons Arts Center Amphitheater for an evening of Chaplin shorts accompanied by original piano and string scores.  This week, movie watchers can haul their blankets over to Gulick Park to spend some free quality time with the ever-popular 1980s extra-terrestial, ET.

For tomorrow’s event, it was the movie goers themselves who chose the film of the evening.  Friends of Gulick Park set up an online survey in which anyone could vote for the movies they were most excited to see.

If ET isn’t exactly your cup of tea, don’t panic!  There are still two more Urban Drive-in events coming your way.  On July 24, there will be a screening of the 1920s film, The Mark of Zorro, accompanied by the live band, Not So Silent Cinema, which will take place in the Abrons Ampitheatre.  The following Thursday, the event will move back to Gulick Park for the final screening of the summer, the romantic comedy, Crossing Delancey.

Each free screening begins at sunset and takes place outdoors, so bring a blanket, get cozy, and get ready to watch some movies!



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Reminder: Fun & Games at Gulick Park Tomorrow

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Friends of Gulick Park Celebrate Spring

Photos by Sarah Sluis.

This could be the last summer for the “old” Gulick Park. Thanks to the efforts of Friends of Gulick Park, $3 million in funding has been raised to refurbish the neglected public space along Delancey and Willett streets. During “It’s My Park” day yesterday community members gathered to spruce up the park for the summer ahead.

“I heard one girl say it was the first time she planted anything,” Dave Bolotsky, founder of Friends of Gulick Park, recounted. While kid-centered activities like face painting, sandpainting, and bike decorating were popular, gardening was surprisingly popular. Kids were enthusiastic rakers, planters, and diggers. Keegan Stephan of the organization Time’s Up was on hand to offer free bike repairs, and plenty of residents (especially kids) took advantage of the service.

“It’s My Park Day” on Sunday at Luther Gulick Park

Luther Gulick Park. Photo credit: Friends of Gulick Park.

In parks across the city this coming weekend, people will be planting flowers, tidying up garden areas and partaking in all sorts of fun and games.  “It’s My Park Day” is a chance for neighbors to reconnect, to celebrate spring and to beautify both treasured and neglected public spaces.

Festivities at Luther Gulick Park, at Willett and Delancey streets, will be especially robust.  After a successful fundraising campaign and community visioning process, the Friends of Gulick Park is on the verge of seeing the area refurbished and revitalized.

On Sunday, there will be all kinds of activities, including bike decorating, a ping pong tournament and gardening.  There will also be a bike repair and tuneup station.  The event takes place from 1-4 p.m.  Click here for a look at other “It’s My Park Day” locations on the Lower East Side this weekend.


Chin, Stringer Give Gulick Park $650,000

Parks Department planners have been working on designs for a new and improved Luther Gulick Park — now they’ve got a bit more money to get the job done. This week, neighborhood activists learned City Councilwoman Margaret Chin has allocated an additional $400,000 (on top of $550,000 her office already earmarked for the project). Manhattan Borough President has kicked in $250,000 (last year he allocated $500,000).

Potluck and Ping Pong in Gulick Park Tomorrow Night

The Hester Street Collaborative, the Friends of Gulick Park, and the Design Trust for Public Space are inviting local residents to partake in food, drinks and ping pong in Luther Gulick Park tomorrow night.

LES Residents Meet to Plan Gulick Park Redesign

Last night, Lower East Side residents inched just a little bit closer to fulfilling the dream of reclaiming Luther Gulick Park, one of the neighborhood’s shabbiest public spaces.  In a two-hour workshop at the Abrons Arts Center, neighborhood activists came together for a final visioning session before Parks Department designers get to work on preliminary drawings.

Help Redesign Gulick Park Wednesday Night

Photo credit: Friends of Gulick Park.

Lots of Lower East Side families enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in Luther Gulick Park yesterday, taking in a puppet show put on by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater.  The event was part of a grassroots campaign to reclaim the park, at Delancey and Columbia streets, after years of neglect.

Wednesday night, that campaign takes a major step forward.   In a public workshop, to be held at the Abrons Arts Center, residents will have one last chance to tell Parks Dept. officials what they’d like to see before designers begin sketching out preliminary plans.

Puppets in the Park – Plus Free Workshop – This Sunday

One of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, City Parks Foundation’s PuppetMobile, is coming to Luther Gulick Park Sunday afternoon (1 pm). The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater will perform “Bessie’s Big Shot,” a new work.

After the performance (which lasts around 45 minutes), there will be a free puppet making workshop. You can register for the workshop in advance via the Friends of Gulick Park web site, but pre-registration is not required.  Gulick Park is located on Delancey Street between Columbia Street and Bialystoker Place.

Gulick Park Ping Pong Table, Like Park Itself, Gets a Little TLC

Yesterday we linked to the New York Times’ piece on the city’s experiment in park-based ping pong. The soon-to-be transformed Luther Gulick Park is one of three outdoor recreational areas in New York pioneering the concept. The others are Tompkins Square and Bryant Parks.

The story excerpted from The Lo-Down’s account of last October’s ping pong tournament, written by organizer Kim Gledhill:

An Estonian woman put on quite an impressive show of skill, as did her female Scottish opponent. Chinese-speakers, Spanish-speakers, African-Americans, Anglophiles and those of Yiddish ancestry (like myself) surrounded the table throughout the afternoon, all joined by a shared love of Ping-Pong.”

Ping Pong and Planting: Creating Community in Gulick Park

Last weekend, 150 or so Lower East Side residents gathered in Luther Gulick Park for “It’s My Park Day.”  The event was part of a community-based campaign to revitalize the park, at the corner of Willett and Delancey streets.  One of the highlights was a hotly contested ping pong tournament. We asked Kim Gledhill, the tournament’s organizer and Friends of Gulick Park member, to share her thoughts on the big day:

Why Save Gulick Park?

Across the city on Saturday, residents who care about open space will be celebrating “It’s My Park Day.”   In our neighborhood, the Friends of Gulick Park have all kinds of fun activities planned, including pumpkin painting, bulb planting and a ping pong tournament. You can get more information on the group’s web site.

In the past year, the Friends of Gulick Park has made amazing progress towards their goal: giving this neglected space in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge a major face lift.  We asked one of the organization’s main organizers, Brian Crowley, to explain why the project is important to him: