Toni Boornazian


Concerns about Illegal Smokeshops

Many people in the community are concerned about the proliferation of smoke shops in the city selling illegal products – including in our neighborhood. So, the community was very happy when this signage went up at the old Health Food business location on 16th street and Third Avenue.

Not only will the neighborhood be getting a new restaurant, but it eases the mind of the neighborhood to know that another smoke shop that was supposed to be opening in this location is no longer going to happen.

We still need to keep the pressure on in regard to the current smoke shop, which continues its business in spite of being given multiple fines for selling illegal cigarettes to underage minors as well as other violations.

We have been advised that filing 311 complaints helps to keep the pressure on the city agencies to keep addressing these illegal activities at these locations.

Here is the link to file a complaint.

Thank you for your help.

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Spring has Sprung

Warmer weather came early this year, and this means our park is packed full of spring earlier than expected. Our majestic magnolia is in full bloom and our redbuds are making their 2023 debut. The rest of the park is teeming with daffodils, tulips, pansies, snowdrops, hellebore, hyacinth, and more.

The plants aren’t the only things filling the park with life. Our neighbor, Mary Flaherty, once again captured some of the beautiful and energetic birds that frequent our park.


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A few weeks ago, the Departments of Transportation started to install new environmentally friendly LED lighting in our park, and the changeover is complete. The brighter lighting will help our park be safer, so our visitors can feel more confident spending time in the area when it is dark.

There are three lampposts (two in the East Park and one in the West Park) that are currently not working. These are maintained by Time Warner as they are part of the Wifi program in the park. We have reached out to the Parks Department to find out why these lights are not functioning.

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Caring for Our Trees

New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera’s office has organized a street tree demonstration, community planting, and tree bed survey training and information session.

East Side Street Tree Care Demonstration and Community PlantingEast Side Street Tree Survey

Saturday, April 22, 11:30am | Avenue B Open Street b/w East 8th and 9th streets

Sign-up for a street tree care demonstration and community planting that will take place as part of the Car Free Earth Day Avenue B Open Street programming.

The demonstration and planting will mark the kick-off of the East Side Street Tree Survey. Volunteers are needed to assist with surveying the street trees and tree beds in Council District 2. This survey will help inform City agencies about the conditions of the street trees in our neighborhoods. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.

Please contact Eddie Amador with any questions: eamador@council.nyc.gov.

East Side Street Tree Bed Survey Training and Information Session

Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 6:30pm

Click here to register

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SPNA wants to thank volunteers from NYU Wagner School of Public Service for reaching out to gardening chairperson Doris Dieter to volunteer with staff in Stuyvesant Square on March 26.

They did a great job in assisting gardener Maria Mendez with mulching the garden beds.

We look forward to them returning to Stuyvesant to participate in other volunteer activities!

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