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What a great day for a community picnic hosted by Stanley Isaacs and Holmes Towers with Pledge 2 Protect! We had great attendance, activities with coaches from Asphalt Green, gave out raffle prizes including gift cards to local businesses* and back-to-school themed swag, and enjoyed good eats and music.

We also shared information about the harmful impacts of the East 91 Street Marine Transfer Station. We had only to look up at the nearby sky to witness the enormous, ominous construction cranes.

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We talked with our neighbors about the upcoming October 1 student march, the October 7 community meeting at The Church of the Holy Trinity, and how to get more involved in protesting the East 91st Street Transfer Station. We made new friends.

The flip side was that we got a bit dirty — smelling of smoke and lighter fluid from the grill — and lost our voices.

But make no mistake, opposing us will be no picnic. We may have lost our voices “today” but our collective voice just got louder! United we stand and united we’ll win!

A special shout-out to Gus Christensen who recently ran for the NY State Assembly in the 76th Assembly District, who continues to fight alongside us (and who manned the grill) and to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York Council Member Ben Kallos for tirelessly showing up to fight with us!

* Donations from local businesses include:

Arturo’s

Carino on Second

Midnight Express

Vietnaam LLC

Cavatappo Grill & Wine Bar

Taijiyama Sushi & Thai

Genesis Bar & Restaurant

Rathbones Pub & Grill

Chef Ho’s Peking Duck Grill

Ottomanelli’s

Ko Sushi

Citifloral

Asphalt Green

Residents at 1725 York Avenue