They have nowhere else to go, so they come to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

For local residents visiting the Lower East Side greenspace, the park has become emblematic of the time in New York City, rife with homelessness and drug use.

From Chrystie and Houston Streets between Forsyth and Canal Streets, the forgotten New Yorkers — many shoeless and draped in rags — can be seen sprawled on benches and even on the recreation courts. Garbage has mounted up as a result, requiring park staff to carefully scoop up the trash from around unconscious bodies.

A homeless individual sleeps within the park’s recreation area. Sign up for our PoliticsNY newsletter for the latest coverage and to stay informed about the 2021 elections in your district and across NYC

They have nowhere else to go, so they come to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

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