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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 Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick for requesting that LMDC deny the application to 21 Spring and that our community “be a part of conversations that involve the development of public spaces.”
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.
Coming Up in October
Third Annual Harvest Festival — Saturday, Oct. 24
All Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden activities and events are open to the public and FREE. For up-to-date details, check out and subscribe to the Garden calendar.
Weekly in the Garden
Kids’ Yoga — Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Children’s Storytime — Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Community Gardening — Saturdays, 10 a.m. – Noon
Meridian Tapping — Sundays, 10 – 11 a.m.
Vinyasa Yoga — Sundays, 11 a.m. – Noon
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.