Juneteenth Celebration in M’Finda Kalunga Garden is Sunday, June 19

Juneteenth flyer

Our friends at M’Finda Kalunga Garden are hosting their annual Juneteenth Celebration this Sunday, June 19 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Sara D. Roosevelt Park (at Rivington Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets). There will be readings, refreshments and live music from Latin R&B artist Irving Louis.

This year the community organization has extended a special invitation to former Rivington House residents and care workers, in hopes of hearing about their personal stories from their time at the non-profit AIDS hospice facility.

Rivington House was recently closed and sold to developers, in a deal that has turned into a controversy and potential large scale scandal for mayor de Blasio. Multiple investigations are ongoing into the city’s decision to lift non-profit deed restrictions at 45 Rivington St., making the old public school building a prime target for luxury condo developers.  Neighborhood activists have launched a petition — urging the mayor to return Rivington House to the local community.

You can read our ongoing coverage of this fiasco here.