University Settlement invites you to ROAR: Rejoice! Organize! Activate! Reclaim!Invites you to

Summer Festival

July & August 2023

A summer festival celebrating Lower East Side and Chinatown communities

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ROAR: Rejoice! Organize! Activate! Reclaim!

A festival hosted by University Settlement takes place every Saturday, July 8th – August 12th, 2023, on New York City's Lower East Side and in Chinatown.

ROAR will: 

  • Energize public spaces, including Sara D. Roosevelt (SDR) Park

  • Celebrate AAPI people and culture

  • Increase connection, well-being, and joy in Chinatown and the LES


Por qué

It’s time for us to get together again!

With violence and harassment targeting our AAPI neighbors on the rise, and after years of isolation, our neighborly connections and spaces need some love and attention.

Community is the answer. 

We need to walk together, exercise together, make art together, dance together, learn together, grow together –

We need to ROAR together, collectively revitalizing our neighborhood!



Who is ROAR for? YOU!

Your family, your friends, your neighbors, your loved ones! We’ll have programs in Cantonese, English, Mandarin and Spanish!

We’ll have events for kids, for adults, and for adults over 60.

If you want to build connections with your neighbors on the Lower East Side and Chinatown, ROAR with US!



We’ll be holding activities throughout the Lower East Side, including:

SDR Park North

Located between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets and running from Rivington Street to Houston Street, the largest green space on the Lower East Side is home to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, playgrounds, sports fields, and more.

University Settlement Headquarters

184 Eldridge Street, our historic home, dates to the 1890s and is home to our modern performing space Speyer Hall.

Houston Street Center

273 Bowery, University Settlement’s state-of-the-art recreational and educational center.

Our Partners

American Legion, Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291
Anti-Violence Project
Asian American Federation
BKind b0ne
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Chinese Community Partnership for Health
Chinese Culture Art Association
Chinese Progressive Association
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Family Association
How Our Lives Link All Together (H.O.L.L.A.)
Immigrant History Initiative
Immigrant Justice Corps
LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network)
Loisaida Center
Museum of Chinese in America
NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
New Yorkers For Parks
Praying Mantis Martial Arts Institute
Public Justice
Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition
Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition
Send Chinatown Love
Stanton Street CSA
Tenement Museum
Think! Chinatown
Untapped Storytellers
Wing Hong Yip Dragon Style Kung Fu
Yellow Whistle

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Sara D. Roosevelt Park is one of the most varied recreational areas in the city. Explore new corners you've never visited before with programming from ROAR all summer long.

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