P.S. 142/Manhattan Charter School Playground Closed Due to Sinkhole

CB3 Tries One More Time to Engage Education Department on School Yard Use

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Kickball on a Lower East Side school playground; 2012.

Who knew kickball could be controversial?  Residents living around two school yards on the Lower East Side have been dealing with the noise and bright lights created by adult sports leagues for a few years now.  Last night, they took their concerns to Community Board 3’s youth & education committee.  While locals are pretty exacerbated with the organizations using the facilities — the bigger issue for CB3 is the Department of Education’s (DOE) failure to involve impacted neighborhoods before its school yards are made available for rentals.

The most recent complaints are coming from residents who live near P.S. 142 on Attorney Street.  For several years, a company called New York Social Sports Club has paid the DOE for the use of several school yards, including at PS. 142 and the nearby M25 complex (which includes Marta Valle High School).  This year, it has been partnering with a non-profit group, the Notwork Network, for the LES games, which include post-game get-togethers at local bars.

A Belated, Yet Festive, Halloween at P.S. 142

We stopped by P.S. 142 Friday afternoon, where Halloween may have come late for more than 100 kids but it was no less festive.  Hurricane Sandy, of course, foiled “trick-or-treating” on the Lower East Side.  At P.S. 142, on Attorney Street, costumes were locked away before the storm hit.  But Karina Lynch-Graham of the Educational Alliance, which runs the after school program, had a brainstorm: why not hold a post-Halloween celebration not only for the kids int he program but also for their siblings. Have a look at some of the photos from the big event, which included all sorts of fun and games.

Classical Concert Sunday to Benefit P.S. 142

This coming Sunday, members of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble will be performing at P.S. 142. The event is a fundraiser for the parent-teacher association, which has been dealing with the loss of the school’s music program, due to budget cutbacks.

The program is part of the Neighborhood Classics Series, organized by acclaimed classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. She created the organization last year to establish bonds between musicians and neighborhoods. The musicians donate their time — profits benefit community schools and students.

Sunday’s concert will include pieces by Philip Glass, Phil Kline, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Nico Muhly. It begins at 4pm, at P.S. 142, 100 Attorney Street. Tickets are $15 at the door.