May–August 2022

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 taking place every weekend May – August 2022 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 in the year of the Tiger

  • 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

Located between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets and running from Canal Street to Houston Street, the largest green space on the Lower East Side is home to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, the BRC Senior Center, the Hua Mei Bird Sanctuary, 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.

Neighborhood Center

189 Allen Street, the home of University Settlement’s programs for older adults, and part of NYCHA’s Rafael Hernandez Houses.

Our Partners

Anti-Violence Project
Asian American Federation
BKind b0ne
Catholic Charities Community Services
Chinese Progressive Association
City Relief
Family Association
Flor Bromley
Good Call
How Our Lives Link All Together (H.O.L.L.A.)
Immigrant History Initiative
Immigrant Justice Corps
Infinite Movement
Loisaida Center
Maisah Hargett
Mencius Society for the Arts
Museum of Chinese in America
NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
New Yorkers For Parks
Patty Cake Theatre
Public Justice
Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition
Send Chinatown Love
Stanton Street CSA
Street Soccer USA
Tenement Museum
Think! Chinatown
Untapped Storytellers
Yellow Whistle

Photo Gallery

Join us on Sundays for Fiesta with Flor! A bilingual musical celebration through dance, storytelling, and songs, traveling with Flor to the countries where the rhythms were born.
On Saturdays help construct Project Sunflower: A garden will be dedicated to making a beautiful space where people can write messages of care and hope for our communities and neighborhoods.
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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