Tonight in Sara D. Roosevelt Park: Steve Nash’s “Showdown in Chinatown”

Photo: Steve Nash Foundation.

Photo: Steve Nash Foundation.

Tonight’s the night in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Steve Nash’s annual celebrity soccer tournament, Showdown in Chinatown, kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

This year the retired NBA star faces off against U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan. More from the press release:

Showdown kicks off on June 22nd at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the middle of the Lower East Side, at Forsyth and Stanton. Now in its 9th summer, Showdown brings together NBA players, including playoffs standout Bismack Biyombo, and international soccer stars, lead by newcomers Landon Donovan and Georgios Samaras, and former Showdown MVP Giuseppe Rossi. Saturday Night Live alum and Horrible Bosses and Last Man On Earth actor Jason Sudeikis, whose actual athletic skills were on display at the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game in Toronto, will bring his Ted Lasso character to the LES in support of the Steve Nash Foundation.

Showdown in Chinatown is a free event. More information about the Steve Nash Foundation here.

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Monday, March 7, 2016 | These guys were enjoying a sunny Sunday afternoon in Sara D. Roosevelt Park | Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 59 today. By Wednesday, we’ll see a high of 72. Spring is teasing us! | If you would like to share a neighborhood picture with us, send it to: or tag us on Instagram at #LoDownNY.

City Worker Overcome By “Fecal Fumes” at Sara D. Roosevelt Park

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Monday, June 22, 2015 | Lee Brozgol took this photo in Sara D. Roosevelt Park | Weather: Sunny skies today with a high of 89 | Happening Today: The Chinatown Working Group meets at 5 p.m. at Two Bridges Senior Apartments, 80 Rutgers Slip | Send us your photos and tips | Subscribe to our daily newsletter.

Some Lower East Side Park Projects Receive Funding, While Others Languish

Submissions Open For Public Art Installation in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

The New York City Parks Department is seeking applications for an annual public art exhibition that is taking place next year on the Lower East Side.

Leaf Circles in Park Are Not the Work of Extraterrestrial Beings

The leaf circle mystery is solved!

Steve Nash’s “Showdown” at Sara D. Roosevelt Park

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.

More Activities For It’s My Park Day on Saturday

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.

It's My Park Day 2013

Click for Spanish and Chinese language versions.

Suspects Wanted; Woman Attacked at Grand & Chrystie

NYPD sketch.

NYPD sketch.

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.


Op/Ed: Time to Reactivate Stanton Street Park Building

Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Stanton Street.

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.

Scenes From the 2013 Firecracker Festival

2013 Firecracker Festival at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Photos by Tim Schreier.

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.

Video: Protesters vs. Cops at Sara D. Roosevelt Park

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.


“Giant Alien Brain” Surfaces in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

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?


Youth Groups Fight For Access to Playing Fields

East River Park playing fields. Photo credit: Bryond My Ken.

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.