With the election of new Democratic District Leaders in September, there’s also a new official Democratic club in the neighborhood called Grand Street Democrats. GSD is holding its first regular meeting on Monday, November 13. This meeting will be mainly focused on getting input from new members about what the club’s goals and priorities should be.
With city elections just finished, there’s still a lot to talk about. For one thing, we have a new State Senator, Brian Kavanagh, and a new member of City Council, Carlina Rivera, representing half of the East River buildings. There are hyper-local issues to organize around, including Grand Street traffic and development of nearby skyscrapers. And 2018 will be an important year to participate in Democratic campaigns beyond the lower east side.
Anyone is welcome, but becoming a member will give you a chance to vote on club actions and endorsements. See more information at grandstreetdems.nyc.
Much as Friends of Corlears Hook Park has seen neighbors bonding together to revive the historic park in our backyard, our neighbors on the other end of Grand Street have been doing the same for Seward Park through the Seward Park Conservancy. They are raising money for an ambitious 2-part program of renovation:
- Renewal of the plaza in front of the public library as a green space with public art and seating.
- Restoration of the 1894 Schiff Fountain on Essex Street.
The Conservancy is holding a fundraiser next Thursday, October 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at Manny Cantor Center.
Reserve a ticket to the event here.
Learn more about the Seward Park Conservancy online.
Sign up for their newsletter.
You can’t miss the skyscraper going up on the waterfront right next to the Manhattan Bridge. And if developers have their way, you won’t be able to miss three more skyscrapers along the same short stretch of real estate just to our west.
Neighborhood groups have been pushing back on these developments since they were first announced. Elected officials have belatedly joined the fray. Tonight at 6:30 pm, our Community Board’s land use committee will be taking up a proposal for new zoning of the area, based on a zoning proposal first released in 2014.
If you are interested at all in the future development of our neighborhood, you are free to attend the meeting:
Wednesday, October 18
82 Rutgers Slip
2nd Floor Community Room
Right after you help spruce up Corlears Hook Park on Sunday, hop over the pedestrian bridge to the bandshell in East River Park for a benefit concert for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. See poster below for details.
Your local park needs your love! Join your neighbors for “It’s My Park” Day at Corlears Hook Park on Sunday, October 22, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
You can help plant daffodil bulbs, rake autumn leaves, prune and weed the gardens, and spruce up the park all around.
Tools and supplies provided … snacks and water too!
Corlears Hook Park is our main entrance to the East River, and a jewel right in our backyard. Please join us!
Join us Saturday, Oktober 28, 4pm – 9pm for the third annual East River* Co-Oktoberfest. Warm up around the grill and bring the kids to play some games. Also: please help! Sign up to bring food, paper plates, or help with games. This is a loose, cooperative, potluck-style afternoon/evening, just a chance to hang out with your neighbors.
* We are compelled to let you know that the East River Board and Management have nothing to do with this event. Don’t bother them with questions.
Mayor Bill de Blasio continues a series of local town hall appearances, this week week for City Council District 2.
Thursday, October 12
The Island School (PS 188)
442 East Houston Street
Doors will open at 6:00 pm. New attendees will not be admitted after 7:30 pm. Space is limited and reservations are suggested: visit nyc.gov/cd2townhall, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (212) 788-2781.
If you are worried that the massive luxury skyscraper rising at 250 South Street is a sign of things to come in our neighborhood, you should spend some time with the local activists of Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.
Founded in 2007, LESPI has been instrumental in getting areas of the East Village designated as NYC historic districts, and now has its sights set on streets below Houston that retain a coherent sense of their historic architecture and might be appropriate new historic districts.
If you would like to know more about LESPI’s goal of creating an historic district on the Lower East Side, join its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm, at the Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 E 11th Street).
You can check out LESPI’s website, Facebook page, or signup for the LESPI newsletter.
Management must have worked out its trouble with NYC Department of Buildings, because work resumed today on the fence between buildings 1 and 2. At one point today as many as nine people from our maintenance crew were working on painting the fence that was installed six months ago before a stop work order was issued by the City, and installing new posts.
The Lower East Side Ecology Center is an amazing environmental resource just on the other side of the FDR Drive from our coop. Next week it is holding its annual open house with activities that highlight LESEC’s core programs:
- Composting – A tour of the East River Park Compost Yard
- Environmental Education – Fishing Clinic on Grand Street
- Stewardship – Native Flower Pressing
- E-Waste – Electric Wire Lanyard Workshop
The event is 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, September 15 at the Fireboat House. (You may RSVP, though it is not necessary.)
LESEC also has two fishing clinics left this summer. The first overlaps with the open house, 9/15 6-8 pm. The second is two weeks later, on Saturday 9/30, 12-2 pm, at East River and 10th Street. (Because space is limited, registration is recommended.)