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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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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Additional Funding from Greenacre Foundation

SPNA is delighted to report that the Greenacre Foundation has agreed to provide a second round of funding of $10,000, which will be used towards Phase 3 of our tree maintenance program. Above are images from Phase 2, which entailed pruning trees that cast a heavy shadow over flower beds, preventing the beds surrounding the fountains from receiving sufficient light and air for the plants to grow.

Phase 3 will focus on the West Park and is tentatively scheduled to take place this summer. The goals of this phase are to:

  • Reduce weight of branch ends
  • Reduce risk of branch failure
  • Reduce likelihood of storm damage
  • Maintain size and shape

We want to thank Eric Anderson of Bartlett Tree Experts for his dedication and enthusiasm for this program.

Thank you also to SPNA board President Jason Money and board member Doris Dieter for making sure we met the deadlines in order to be considered for this funding.

SPNA is very grateful to the Greenacre Foundation for their recognition of the importance of this work and their continued support of our efforts.

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