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Could This LES Park Building Be Turned into a Communal Kitchen or a Bike Co-Op?

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(Photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Whose park? Their park. If they can just get their ducks in a row.

Lower East Side stakeholders gathered yesterday evening to discuss how best to rally together as they call for the transformation of a derelict building into a vibrant community center.

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Blue-Sky Thinking Guides a Push to Turn LES Park Building Into a Community Center

(photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

(photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

On the northern side of Sara D. Roosevelt Park sits a large brick structure. Once a youth center, the Stanton Building was shut down during a time of high crime in the Lower East Side and is now used only for storage by the Parks Department. Since the late ’90s, there’s been talk of returning it to community use, but that has yet to happen. So, Wednesday afternoon, a group of local activists gathered outside of the building in what was the first of three events intended to stimulate collective planning about its future.

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