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KEEP NEW YORK CITY CLEAN

Join NYC CLEAN Volunteers

Two members of NYC CLEAN Volunteers stopped by the park during the snowstorm when a board member was shoveling and introduced themselves and their organization. The SPNA board member was very impressed with the work they are doing, so we thought we would highlight their group and their efforts in our newsletter.

NYC CLEAN Volunteers is a volunteer-run and self-motivated organization that cleans different areas of our neighborhoods, improving the quality of everyone’s lives. In addition to picking up litter off our streets and parks, their goal is to raise awareness and encourage others to responsibly dispose their trash. You can see them featured on NY1 here. You can also read more about them in this document.

The organization encourages others to join and help keep our city clean. Below are details about two of their upcoming community clean-up days, which are being organized in partnership with the Department of Sanitation. They will bring a van to supply safety vests, cleaning equipment, and supplies.

CleanUp Day East
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 1-3 pm.
Meet: Bellevue Park entrance at 27th St. and 2nd Ave.
We will tackle the surrounding streets as teams.

NYC CleanUp Day West
Sunday, March 6, 1-3 pm.
Meet: 49 Street & 10th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen
We will tackle the surrounding streets as teams.

You can get in touch with NYC CLEAN Volunteers by emailing Sokie Lee (sokie007@gmail.com) and/or Ken Gray (kennethgray200@gmail.com). You can also join them through their Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/nyccleanvolunteers.

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SNOW AND MORE SNOW

Our Park Gets Frosted Again

The end of January brought the biggest snowstorm of the season so far. Parts of New York City received well over a foot of snow. Our park was coated in layers of fluffy, white flakes, becoming a temporary Winter Wonderland once again. This snowstorm frosted our park with icy beauty, and made the perfect medium for snowmen. Below and above are some photos of the park after the storm.

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A BLESSED EVENING

Christmas Eve Caroling

On December 24th, members of the SPNA community came together for a festive and fun evening of Christmas caroling. Carolers gathered around the tree and Peter Stuyvesant statue in the west side of the park and indulged in refreshments provided by Veselka. It was wonderful to continue the tradition of caroling in the park with St. George’s Church. The event was the perfect way to close out 2021.

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Goodbye Fall Leaves

Saturday Dog Run Clean-up

On December 4th, NYC Parks and SPNA board member Jeff Fagan with other Stuyvesant Park Dog Run volunteers came together to tidy up the piles of fall leaves in the dog run. The photo above shows NYC Parks’ Crew Chief Josie DeJesus, Jeff Fagan, and volunteers behind some of the 30 bags of leaves they cleared on the busy day.

Volunteers also came out on November 20th to rake leaves and plant tulip bulbs. Below are photos from the November 20th event. We want to thank all the volunteers who came out to plant and rake, as well as NYC Parks’ Josie DeJesus ¬†and Maria Mendez and SPNA board members Doris Dieter, Grace Iannuzzi, and Claire Brennan, for their efforts in keeping Stuyvesant blooming.


Interested in volunteering? Our bi-weekly Gardening Club continues to meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, weather permitting. Masks are required. No experience is necessary.

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Welcoming the Holidays

Tree Lighting and Caroling

Setting up the treesOur Christmas trees are up and shining with light! SPNA was happy to once again purchase two beautiful trees for Stuyvesant Square Park. The trees are now up and shining with light. On Sunday, December 12th, the SPNA community came together for a festive tree lighting to officially commemorate the beginning of the holiday season. SPNA President Jason Money and Council Member Carlina Rivera delivered opening remarks and SPNA provided refreshments. The Kidwell Sisters initiated the countdown and brought holiday cheer and drama with their beautiful performances.

Some photos of the event are included below. You can find more photos and videos on our Instagram page. You can also click on the video below to view a livestream of the entire event.

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