We’re Grateful for You,
We thank our dedicated volunteers, supporters and friends and wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. You have made Elizabeth Street Garden possible!
During the past year, not only have you come out to help rescue the Garden from potential development, you have also volunteered to keep our neighborhood park space open to the public more than 40 hours a week during the warm-weather months and program more than 175 free educational, cultural, and wellness activities and events for our community.
We are thankful you have joined with us on this journey to preserve the Garden as a unique public green, open space; build community; and improve the quality of life in our park-starved neighborhood.
From all of us at Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden, our best wishes for the holiday season.
Save the Date!
Dec 2: Community Board 2 Parks & Land Use Committees Joint Meeting
Manhattan Community Board 2 hosts a joint meeting of its Parks and Land Use committees to discuss the use of the three water tunnel shaft sites in the district:
- Hudson Street site, an alternative location within CB 2 where affordable housing can be built without destroying Elizabeth Street Garden;
- Grand and Lafayette streets site, where there is the opportunity for much needed open space and, due to the limitations of the shaft site, could not be a replacement for the Garden; and
- East Fourth Street site, adjacent to the Merchant’s House Museum.
We encourage Elizabeth Street Garden supporters to attend and speak in support of building affordable housing on the Hudson Street site.
CB 2 Parks and Land Use Committees Joint Meeting —
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
(Meeting location to be announced)
Please also bring ideas for open space uses for the other water tunnel shaft sites and, if you know anyone who lives near them — at the corner of Grand and Lafayette streets or on the Merchant’s House Museum block — or others who may be interested, please let them know about this hearing.
Thank You for Attending the
LMDC Hearing on Sept. 17
Thank you to the more than 250 Garden supporters who attended the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) hearing on Sept. 17. The Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden crowds demonstrate the depth of passion and support from our local community to save Elizabeth Street Garden. Supporters filled the main hearing room, two overflow rooms and an outside terrace. Some were never even able to enter the building due to overwhelming attendance!
During the hearing, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden submitted more than 1,500 letters of support for the Garden. We collected these letters in the two weeks prior to the hearing, both online and in the Garden — a testament to the significant number of visitors the Garden receives.
Thank you to both Sen. Daniel L. Squadron and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick for requesting that LMDC deny the application to 21 Spring. Squadron writes that “it is important to take into account the concerns of the local community board” [link to letter] and Glick testifies our “community deserves to be a part of conversations that involve the development of public spaces” [link to testimony].
Additionally, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden is grateful for the support from parks and community organizations, including:
- American Society of Landscape Architects, The New York Chapter
- 596 Acres
- Friends of Petrosino Square
- Green Below 14
- Green Guerrillas
- Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens
- New York City Community Garden Coalition
- New Yorkers for Parks
- Bowery Babes
- Citizens Committee for New York City
- Downtown Independent Democrats
- NoHo Neighborhood Association
- Society for the Architecture of the City
- SoHo Alliance
- SoHo Broadway Initiative
- Tribeca Trust
What’s Next? LMDC received more than 20 proposals for the $50 million in grant funds, and it will take some time to review the projects. As soon as we have more information, we will share it.
Do You Have a Programming Idea?
Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden volunteers are hard at work planning gardening, educational, cultural and wellness activities and events. If you or your local community organization are interested in providing free, public programming, hosting a special event or performing — music, dance, theater, spoken word, illusion, etc. — in the Garden, please complete this event form.