The annual soccer tournament hosted by the Steve Nash Foundation is back next Wednesday for its sixth year in a row on the Lower East Side, bringing players from both basketball courts and soccer fields to Nash’s “home pitch” at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Neighborhood parks will be celebrating “It’s My Park Day” on Saturday. Here are the festivities happening in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, as well as M’Finda Kalunga.
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Police are asking for help finding two suspects wanted in connection with the alleged sexual assault and robbery of a 38-year old woman last week alongside Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The incident happened Monday, April 15 at around 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Grand and Chrystie streets. According to cops, the woman had stopped to ask the men for directions. They reportedly began walking with her; one suspect grabbed the victim from behind and pinned her against a wall. Police say the other man then punched the woman in the ribs and thigh, sexually abused her and then ran off with her purse. The sketch posted above depicts the suspect accused of assault. If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
The following article was written by Lower East Side resident K. Webster:
In a time of diminishing resources we must rethink how we allocate the ones we have. Community resources such as the numerous park buildings that dot the Lower East Side must be returned to active neighborhood use. We can no longer afford to have these buildings used for storage or sit neglected as empty space. The Stanton Street building in Sara D. Roosevelt (SDR) Park was once a bustling youth center. We need it back.
Affordable spaces are vanishing. With the ongoing collapse of structural support for vulnerable youth, elders, and working people, the need for access to publicly owned sites in densely populated, low-income neighborhoods is clear. And, as Hurricane Sandy made evident, we are in desperate need of hubs from which to catalyze self-help efforts to take on climate change locally.
It was time to celebrate the Year of the Snake at Sara D. Roosevelt Park yesterday morning. The Better Chinatown Society put on quite a show for the 14th annual Firecracker Ceremony. Local dignitaries were there, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, City Council member Margaret Chin and NYC Comptroller John Liu. Tim Schreier got some great images from the day, which you can see after the jump. Remember: the Lunar New Year Parade takes place next Sunday at 1 p.m. Check out the route here.
We already posted lots of photos from yesterday’s May Day protests. Here’s video of the brief tussle between protesters and police officers at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The NYPD reports 34 people were arrested throughout the city yesterday in connection with Occupy Wall Street events.
What do we have here? Our tipster, who lives across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park, isn’t sure what to make of this pile of chains that appeared in the “pit” between Broome and Delancey streets this week. His wife has named it “the giant alien brain.” Any ideas?
Who has access to the Lower East Side’s public playing fields and under what circumstances? These are questions that have come up time and again over the years. But as both youth and adult leagues steadily expand and demand for playing time grows, the issue has come to the forefront once again.
Last month, Parks Department officials appeared before a Community Board 3 committee to explain how they go about scheduling the playing fields in East River Park, Sara D. Roosevelt Park and other locations. They were specifically asked to address concerns that too many organizations from outside the neighborhood have too much access to public facilities on the Lower East Side.
Matthew Penrose, one of the main organizers of the soccer league, Groupstage, sent along info about the organization’s growing youth program. If you’re interested in enrolling your kids, there will be a free open session this coming Tuesday, at 3:45 p.m., at Nike Field in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
The Youth Program is open to children between the ages of 4 and 12. According to the group’s web site, “Classes are instructed in small groups – in a fun, progressive and non-competitive manner. Designed to improve your child’s soccer skills and overall enjoyment of the beautiful game.” Scholarships are available.
Matt tells us Groupstage had a great summer. They founded the Chinatown YMCA after school soccer program. And they have been working with Community Board 3 on improving community access to public playing fields on the Lower East Side (there’s a CB3 hearing on the issue October 25th.)
Click here for more details about Groupstage’s youth program.
Li Na is the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam tournament. She goes into the U.S. Open ranked number four in the world. The set-up inside the park will include a mobile “SmashZone” unit, which includes a “kid-zized” tennis court.
We got word of Li Na’s appearance from City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who helped bring the event to the neighborhood. Li Na’s appearance is scheduled to take place from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m Monday, August 22nd.
The New Museum is hosting a block party in Sara D. Roosevelt Park (between Broome and Delancey) on Saturday, July 23 from 12 to 5pm. The free events include a performance from a beatboxer, poetry readings and Jewish folk music. Find the full schedule here. Block Party guests receive complementary admission to the New Museum for the day.
DNA Info reports a 41-year old woman was robbed and raped in Sara D. Roosevelt Park at about 2 a.m. this past Thursday morning. Police have arrested a suspect, 31-year old Yeison Riano, of Queens. More from NYC Park Advocates via A Walk in the Park NYC:
According to DNA Info, Raino was released yesterday on $10,000 bail.
This weekend marks the citywide celebration of public parks, with It’s My Park Day events throughout the five boroughs. Some events are on Saturday and some on Sunday, and you can participate in activities ranging from litter pickup and planting flowers to dog training and karaoke.