Borough President Implores Parks Commissioner to Address Community Concerns in Sara D. Roosevelt Park
The violence apparently pushed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to exert pressure on the Parks Department to address certain core issues. In a letter to Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff this week, Brewer identified two key concerns – a lack of city action on returning the Stanton Building to full community use as promised by the city in 2018, and no movement on the renovation of the Rivington Street playground.
Area stakeholders claim that the cessation of infrastructure upgrades remain a root cause in the decline of the park, which lead to continued violence, drug dealing, and homeless squatting. And that completing the aforementioned projects would go a long way toward alleviating the issues. (The city did, however, convert part of the Stanton Building into a public bathroom last year.)
As for the prevalence of drug use, the letter cites recent 5th Precinct data pointing to the discovery of more than fifty needles in the single block between Broome and Delancey.