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Parks and Recreation

Seward Park Reopens After COVID-19 Closure (UPDATED)

UPDATE (06-22-20): The park jumped the gun a bit, over the weekend, but is now officially open. UPDATE (06-20-20): The park was definitely open yesterday, but today looks to be closed again. As part of the city's phase 2 reopening, New...

Corlears Hook Park in Lush Spring Green

Thanks to Andrea DiFiore (@andreadifiore62) for this photo of Corlears Hook in lush, spring green.

Magnolias in Bloom on the Lower East Side

Thanks to Andrea DiFiore for sending along these photos of Magnolias in bloom around East River Park.  In spite of it all, it's nice to remember that spring is not cancelled.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Seward Park Improvements

The $6 million renovation of Seward Park was completed several weeks ago, and people in the neighborhood have been enjoying the much-improved plaza linking the park and the Seward Park Library. But yesterday the city finally made it official...

Seward Park Facelift is Complete

The Parks Without Borders $6 million dollar facelift at Seward Park has been completed. The project touts lower fences, a new library stone courtyard, an expanded garden, ampitheatre seating and new fitness equipment - not to mention lower fencing around the entire periphery.

Public Notice: Combined Notice of Joint ROD and Findings Statement and NOI RROF (Sponsored)

East Side Coastal Resiliency Project - New York, New York, December 6, 2019: This provides notice that the City of New York’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as the “Responsible Entity,” as that term is identified by 24 CFR 58.2(a)(7)(i), together with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks), has issued a Joint Record of Decision (ROD) and Findings Statement

City Council Approves East Side Resiliency Plan

The New York City Council yesterday approved a controversial plan to build a flood protection system along the East River from East 25th Street to Montgomery Street.

(Opinion) Don’t Kill East River Park for a Bad Flood Plan

The following op/ed was written by Lower East Side resident and East River Park ACTION founder Pat Arnow. The Lo-Down accepts op/ed submissions relevant to the Lower East Side community. Opinion pieces do not reflect the editorial position of The Lo-Down, but only the viewpoints of each individual author.

Seal Park in the Fall

It's autumn in what locals call "Seal Park." Formally known as John V. Lindsay East River Park.  Thanks to Robin Schatell for the photo. Send us your pics to tips@thelodownny.com or tag us on instagram, #lodownny

The Fascinating History of Schiff Fountain in Seward Park

Big changes are, of course, coming to Seward Park. A $6.4 million renovation through the city's Parks Without Borders program is expected to be completed before the end of this year. Meanwhile, the Seward Park Conservancy is launching a fundraising campaign to restore the historic Jacob H. Schiff Fountain
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New Child Care Center Coming to the Lower East Side (Sponsored)

As New York City’s leading provider of child care and preschool, Bright Horizons® offers a unique early education experience...
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