Affordable Housing Lottery Open at Essex Crossing

After 50 years, new apartment buildings are going up along Delancey St at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. Some of the housing will be “affordable”. As reported in The Lo-Down, the city has opened a lottery to fill the apartments.





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Lovely Photos from the Garden

Here are some beautiful photographs taken in the garden by Hans Fahrmeyer ( The shots taken three weeks apart are especially interesting – the onset of spring. Thanks to Hans for sending them in. Click on a thumbnail to see full size.

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Bike Share

NYC Bike Share was installed in front of the garden a few days ago. According to a Citibike guy supervising the installation, the bikes will be installed by the end of May. Go to to see the explosion of bike sharing around the country. Who needs cars?


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NYC Municipal Archives Online Gallery

Here are a few photos from the NYC Municipal Archives Online Gallery that show the blocks that became the Sara D Roosevelt Park (and our garden). These are screen grabs that are watermarked, since the the archive charges for the photos, but you get the idea. Here’s is the Parks Department page with a short

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Excerpt from The Villager

Photos by Jeremy Schaller

The Masters of Succession (MoS) Collective has recently been teaching people in the East Village and Lower East Side how to make — and then, even more fun, throw! — beneficial mud balls to help clean up polluted waterways. The collective’s Dee Dee Maucher led a workshop at M’Finda Kalunga

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New York Times Article

Much to Savor, and Worry About, Amid Mild Winter’s Early Blooms By Lisa W. Foderaro Published: February 26, 2012 The unusual warmth this season has a downside for plants and trees, whose blossoms and seed production could be affected. CLICK to see article


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