Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
First off, let me offer thanks to everyone who helped out. Dave C, Brad @ Trackstar, Julie B, Turdy, the New York Hard Court (NY-HC) Polo crew, the Neighborhood kids and their parents, Gus the Deli owner, and most importantly the Horticulturists! I was sitting behind the main Horticulturist and she was awesome! So emphatic!
A summary: A petition was circulated before the local community board (CB3 in lower
With Dave C providing the central organization, we rallied and rallied hard. By the time of the meeting on Thursday, we had amassed at least 700 signatures on paper as well as
a bilingual petition in Chinese and English (big thanks to Trackstar for the sigs and Turdy for the translational). Per Dave's suggestion our argument focused on how used the space was and how it provided a safe area for the kids to play team sports (the street does not suffice) instead of what an awesome time Bike Polo is.
When the Board finally reached our topic, the Speaker made it clear that just from the sign-in sheet alone; there were 33 against the Dog Run and only 3 in favor of it. We had at least 10 of the kids there with us (they brought their footballs and baseballs, etc...) plus a good 15 or so NY-HC players/supporters and at least 6 people from the Horticulturists. In response the Dog Run people had ~200 signatures and their petition was in English only. They demonstrated that they were affluent and disconnected from the true nature of the community by ignoring the cultural implications of their request as well as the effect it would have on the children of the area.
In conclusion: Dave Rules! NY-HC lives on! Dogs can be walked!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
A group of dog owners in the Lower East Side is proposing to turn the "pit" at Chrystie & Broome Streets into a dog run. What they don't know is that this unique multi-use space is utilized by a number of groups on a regular basis, has been featured in major media as a multi-use space, and is often left cleaner than it was found by it's users.
Please sign our petition to keep this space as it is: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/SaveSaraDRooseveltPark