Spring Awakening Meeting Thursday, the Ides of March

This week, Thursday, March 15 we will be have a planning meeting for Spring Awakening at 428 E. 10th St at 7pm. Please join us and help make this a great event!!
Spring Awakening is happening on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22 as we parade and party to welcome the Spring and celebrate the opening of our community gardens!
We will be having music and dance, toy making and costumes for kids, soap making, seed swapping, canning and wellness workshops!


Yo Lungsters,

I see October growing, glowing in your eyes all golden with orange flecks. You’re smiling, then hiding a small yawn, as the sunlight kisses goodbye.

WAKE UP–Too much good stuff to do!

LUNGS Meeting this Saturday, OCTOBER 7 at 11am, at DeColores Garden 311 E.8th St Btwn Aves B & C. RAIN or Shine–if it’s raining we will meet at 428 E.10St btwn C & D. We need to talk about garden membership and how to improve it, some gardens are in need of help. In 2018 our licenses with GreenThumb are up for renewal, they are going to be very strict with gardens maintaining open hours. We need to work on a neighborhood wide membership plan.
We will also be discussing the LUNGS FEST, lessons learned and improvements needed.

AND ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON 6B Garden’s Amazing Harvest Festival 2-7pm, Music, Food, Prizes, Great FUN!

The LUNGS CSA has moved this to DeColores Garden at 311 E.8th St between Aves B & C. Pickup is still Sundays between 1-3pm. The CSA will be in DeColores for the entire month of October. Still $10 for a bag of fresh goodies.

This coming THURSDAY, Mayor DeBlasio is holding a Town Hall Meeting with Council Member Mendez and BP Brewer and Brian Kavanagh on Thursday, October 12th, at 7 pm. The town hall will be held at PS 188- The Island School, 442 East Houston Street, New York, NY, 10002. The event is open to all constituents of Council District 2 and it is an opportunity to ask the Mayor and Commissioners and senior officials from all City agencies questions on any topic.

Space is limited at the school so people must RSVP by visiting http://our.cityofnewyork.us/page/s/mendez-town-hall  or calling 212-788-2781.

Also FYI GOOD NEWS –the Governor’s Office of Sandy Recovery has finally signed off on the Second Phase of the Gardens Rising Project, better late than never. It is too late in this year to actually do any green Infrastructure work in our gardens but we need to start now planning in earnest for 2018. So keep your eyes peeled for notices of neighborhood meeting we will be having this Fall.
That’s all folks!!

Type your Story HERE!

 LUNGS FEST storytime

TODAY– Sunday, September 24, 12:00 Noon-3:30pm, I will be setting up Typewriters at the 6th and B Garden, East Village NYC. Type your LES/East Village/Community Garden stories on old-school Typewriters. Selected stories will be published in a new Zine(Spring 2018). The Zine from 2016, published Spring 2017 will be on sale for $5.00 per copy. Special thanks to Anna Adler!!! who started all of this around 3 or 4 years ago, but will not be able to be at the garden this Sunday. Brought to you by the beautiful Sally Young!!
Come and type-it’s fun!

WORLD MUSIC Today at Toyota Children’s Garden

LUNGS FEST at Toyota Children’s Garden,

E11 St between Aves B & C, close to B

Today Sunday

Downbeat Magazine “Rising Flute Star,” Sylvain Leroux is a notable player on New York City’s African and improvised music scene, his group “Source” hosted the African Jazz Friday at the Zinc Bar for twelve years. His 2012 CD, titled “Quatuor Creole,” was hailed by critics as “perfect contemporary music release.” He is the inventor of the (patented) chromatic tambin, a new take on a traditional instrument. Since 2013, he has been conducting a successful music literacy pilot program based on his invention in Guinea, West Africa.

He will be performing in duet with Andy Algire, virtuoso percussionist and veteran of many African music groups and performances in the United States.

Oud player / guitarist, Brandon Terzic will be performing accompanied by percussion.


One day only! Saturday, September 23, 2017  1 – 6pm

at Children’s Magical Garden, Stanton and Norfolk Sts, (F train to Delancey St.)

2017 LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival

+ Live Art, Sidewalk Drawing, and Interactive Art with audience participation by

Help Ourselves

 A site-specific pop up exhibit of vivid night photographs by George Hirose of NYC community gardens installed all throughout a Lower East Side community garden… Please come and explore!

Help Ourselves” is a youth empowerment group involved with creative activism in diverse communities. In collaboration with Children’s Magical Garden, they will be inviting local Artists to create spontaneous works of art alongside audience participants and guests!

Le Petit Versailles productions in LUNGS Fest

Curated by Karl Cooney

SEPTEMBER 22 —7 PM – 12 AM


346 E. Houston St. / 247 E. 2nd St. http://alliedproductions.org/

At times, being a performance artist can feel more like being a failed librarian. This series is a small contribution to the historical record of performance art in New York City. Twelve artists total, four per night.
Each performance will be lovingly documented and the video archived on YouTube.
Jenna Kline’s most important tool is her body. Nightmares, memories and heartbreak fuel her work. Her body is a sculpture, storyteller, and most importantly, an instrument to connect with her audience. The performances are an outlet to create an expression of raw emotion. The goal is to achieve emotional enlightenment. Once she reaches this state, she is her most genuine, transparent and true self. Wearing her heart on her sleeve for all to see. Exhausted and sweating and she has transcended her body and has become a sweaty, fleshy creature. The air is left with lingering aroma of copper, fried foods and hand sanitizer.
Quinn Dukes is a multimedia performance artist, activist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work addresses human connection, social injustice and ritual. In 2014, following a heated discussion about the death of performance art, Dukes founded Performance Is Alive. She is a tireless advocate for performance art and higher education via appointments at Grace Exhibition Space and the School of Visual Arts.
Sophia Mak is here and creates, makes and performs. They have made their home in Baltimore City for the past 7 years but have recently moved back to New York to apply knife and chopstick to perceptions and assumptions. Sophia investigates issues of race, gender, class, sexuality and intergenerational trauma through performance and invokes the stories of their ancestors to present new narratives. Their eyes are open and they are taking in the changing landscape of city neighborhoods, learning about the role that art plays in it all, and trying to listen real hard to the growing pains, unacknowledged histories, and the rumbling, crumbling walls that have heard stories of multiple life times.
Zavé Martohardjono is an interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, and embodied healing. Zavé is currently in residence at The Bronx Museum of the Arts through the BxMA Co-Lab residency. Zavé was a Gibney Dance Work Up 3.0 artist (2017), has had residencies at The Shandaken Project at Storm King (2016), La MaMa (2016), Chez Bushwick (2015), and was a Lambda Literary Fellow (2015). Among many venues, they’ve performed at BAAD!, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, Issue Project Room, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Movement Research at Judson Church, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Recess, and the Wild Project.


Multi-Media Performance by Ethan Weinstock

Fire Bug, a new multimedia performance by Ethan Weinstock, explores the circumstances behind a string of 70 cases of arson that took place in the small town of Coatsville, PA between 2008 and 2009. To date, seven individuals have been arrested in connection with the fires but many of the incidents remain unsolved and many questions are still unanswered. Ethan is a Brooklyn, NY based artist who has previously shown work at the Joe’s Pub, The BFI Flare London Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival.


SATURDAY September 23, 4–6PM •DANCE PERFORMANCE• Program curated by Martha Tornay and Ayo Harrington with Sheep Meadow Dance Theater, choreography by Billy Blanken. Art of Motion Dance -Theater “Monarch” (excerpt from HEAVEN and EARTH) choreography by Lynn Needle. Performances by Chloe London, John Gutierrez and more
El Jardin del Paraiso 4th St (Aves C & D)