Toni Boornazian

Happening in the Neighborhood

On Sunday, November 21 at 3PM, St. George’s Choral Society will hold an in-person concert at St. George’s Church on 7 Rutherford Place with pieces by J.S. Bach and Haydn. They will also offer a live streaming option.

Discount tickets are once again exclusively available for members of the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association.


Click here to access in-person tickets.

Click here to access live-stream tickets.

Read more

An Evening to Remember

SPNA’s Annual Fundraising Gala

After a uniquely challenging year, SPNA was once again able to host our Annual Fundraising Gala. On October 7th, SPNA and its supporters came together for an evening of music, food, drink, and good company at St. George’s Episcopal Chapel. We are extremely thankful to everyone who attended the event and contributed to making it such a success. Included in this section are some photos from the evening, taken by Tiffany Oelfke of Luciebelle photography. In addition, a separate newsletter will be sent out to officially commemorate the Gala.

The evening began with live music and remarks from SPNA President Jason Money

Our silent auction consisted of a variety of items including wine, a pet photo shoot, and artwork by Rosalee Isaly, some of which are shown in the photos below.

Former SPNA Vice President Miriam Dasic was given special recognition for her hard, longstanding work with SPNA as she moves on to a new chapter in Connecticut

Remarks were also given by Reverend Smith of St. George’s Episcopal Church, the honoree of this year’s gala

Guests socialized and enjoyed festive food and drink

Below is New York City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera with
SPNA Vice President and Chairperson of the Gala, Grace Iannuzzi


We thank the Gala Planning Committee for their devotion to making the event a huge success

Pictured below from left to right:
Back – Adam Boornazian, Kim Isaly, Julie Block, Doris Dieter, Jan Armstrong,
Toni Boornazian, Jeff Fagan
Middle – Grace Iannuzzi, Phyllis Mangels

SPNA is especially grateful to everyone at St. George’s Episcopal Church for all their help and for providing such a beautiful venue to hold this long-awaited event for all of us to come together.

Read more

What a Season

Looking Back at Summer Events

Yoga with James Harper of Now Yoga

SPNA was extremely fortunate to bring back a season of our annual summer events after the hiatus brought on by the pandemic. Each summer SPNA plans, produces, and pays for a variety of outdoor events inStuyvesant Square Park. From May through August, our park was home to yoga, meditation, and various concerts, including a special performance by The Richard Cortez Band in celebration of Pride Month. When Broadway was dark, our park hosted a performance in tribute to Broadway by The Kidwell Sisters. When concerts and other musical venues remained closed, SPNA brought the music to the park with additional concerts celebrating jazz, bossa nova, and Afro-Latin music. Our goal was to add vibrancy to our park and build community safely through our shared love for art, music, and life at a time when so many of us face unique challenges.

The Richard Cortez Band

The Richard Cortez Band

The Kidwell Sisters

The Kidwell Sisters

The Afro-Latineers

The Afro-Latineers

Jazz with Alex Nguyen and friends

We are extremely appreciative of everyone who donated to our summer events campaign, which makes all this work possible. We are especially grateful to James Harper of Now Yoga and Liza Meneades for donating their time and providing yoga and meditation to our community for free. We look forward to providing more events for us all to enjoy in the coming months and are honored to serve our community.


Read more

Honoring Josephine DeJesus

On Friday, June 11th, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera presented Stuyvesant Square Park Crew Chief, Josephine DeJesus with a citation from the City Council for her dedication to our park.

At right is park user Moses Browning, who reported the incident.
Josie’s commitment to the park is on display and undeniable every day, but on June 2nd, her dedication reached a new level when she confronted an arsonist that was setting fires in the east and west sides of the park.

Park user Moses Browning witnessed this terrible incident and contacted Councilwoman Rivera’s office to inform them of Josie’s actions. They immediately wanted to recognize Josie for her extraordinary value to the community.

This ceremony was attended by many members of the community, who were so happy to see Josie’s hard work and dedication recognized in this fashion.

In addition to receiving an award from the City Council, Councilwoman Rivera presented Josie with an award from the United States Senate. That morning, the Councilwoman had breakfasted with Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss funding for our district at our very own Joe Jrs. Senator Schumer passed on the award to Councilwoman Rivera at the meeting.

This is a well deserved honor for Josie, the heart and soul of Stuyvesant Square Park.

Click here to view a snippet of the event.


Read more

SPNA Celebrates Pride and Pays Tribute to Broadway

In June, SPNA celebrated Pride and paid tribute to Broadway with two concerts.

The Richard Cortez Band brought spirited jazz to the park on June 6, and The Kidwell Sisters dazzled with their vocals and charismatic energy on June 27. See a clip of The Kidwell Sisters performing here.

Richard Cortez Band


The Kidwell Sisters

Read more