Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Press Contact:  Ryan Gilliam -


“It’s Our Park Day” in Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Stanton Street brings together residents and community organizations for an afternoon of creative activities and presentations and an evening hour of interactive projections by The Illuminator with Chinatown Art Brigade.


The festivities are intended to draw attention, once again, to the need to re-open the Stanton park building, currently boarded up and used for storage, to community use.  The park is seeing an escalation of troubling uses including drug use and trafficking, the children’s playground is avoided by local families, and the closed building sits at the center of this activity.  Re-opening the building for programming could have a significant impact in making the park safe and welcoming to all.


Special speakers include Councilmember Margaret Chin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Community Board 3 Chair Alysha Lewis-Coleman, and local tenant leaders.  There will be a bike helmet giveaway, creative arts activities good for all ages, dance and performance, a bike repair workshop, and information from multiple community groups.  Partners organizing the event include Fourth Arts Block (FAB), University Settlement, Green Map Systems, Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition, and the Office of Councilwoman Margaret Chin.


It’s Our Park Day

Saturday, June 23rd

2pm-5pm (Guest speakers at 2:30pm)

Evening projections 8:45pm-9:45pm

Sara D Roosevelt Park

Stanton Street between Forsyth and Chrystie

FABnyc's mission is to strengthen the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side. We implement this mission through a range of programs and collaborations with local cultural organizations, independent artists, community-based organizations and neighborhood nonprofits. We work as cultural producers, facilitators, and organizers with an ongoing interest in how arts and culture can advance community health, inclusiveness, and equity.
Ryan Gilliam - Executive Director
Kim Golding - Dance Block Associate
Emilio Martinez Poppe - Programs Manager
KT Pe Benito - Dance Block Manager
Dakota Scott - Director of Special Projects
Addison Vawters - Operations Manager

Board: Winston Estevez, Jasmina Sinanovic, and Lee Ann Gullie
FABnyc programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support  of  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Small Business Services, City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin, Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Con Edison, Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development, La Vida Feliz Foundation, the Beacon Group, and CNY Arts.
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