Our Community May Lose This Unique Green Space!
CB 2 Passes Resolution in Favor of Elizabeth Street Garden
Community Board 2, Manhattan, Full Board Meeting
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Our community board voted overwhelmingly — 31 members in favor and 5 in opposition — to pass the Land Use Committee’s strong resolution in favor of the Garden:
Therefore it is resolved that Community Board 2, Manhattan
- Supports the permanent preservation of the Elizabeth Street Garden in its entirety as a public open, green space and urges the City to transfer jurisdiction over this lot to the Parks Department;
- Supports the efforts of the Elizabeth Street Garden volunteers to form an independent non-profit group dedicated to improving the garden, guaranteeing open public access, and providing programing, community events, and opportunities for volunteers;
- Commits to an ongoing strategic and activist effort alongside our elected officials and government agencies to expand and preserve affordable housing in the district.
Thanks to all of you who attended Thursday night’s hearing. Our community came out in force, and this tremendous, unprecedented, standing-room-only turnout demonstrated deep and broad neighborhood support for the Garden. Attendees wore green; speakers made passionate, persuasive statements; and children held high their handmade signs.Thanks also to those who could not attend yet supported the Garden by posting flyers, retweeting tweets and sharing our call to action through social media.
We still have a long way to go before a final victory, and this is a huge step. Let’s keep up the momentum!
Additionally, our sincere thanks to the members of the Land Use Committee, and to all community board members, for their thoughtful deliberation and recognition of this unique community open space.
We’ll be sure to keep you informed as we work to form an independent non-profit organization and begin to work with the City administration to support our mission of preserving the Elizabeth Street Garden as a unique public green, open space that serves our entire community.
Summary of CB 2 Land Use Committee Hearing
Community Board 2 Hearing on Future of
Elizabeth Street Garden
Monday, November 4th, 2013
P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto School Auditorium
The meeting was very well attended, with overwhelming support for the Garden as open space and as a place for community building and gathering—170 people signed in, 70 filled out speaker cards and, given time constraints, about 50 spoke. An unofficial seat count was 220.
The majority of speakers favored the Garden, and most supporters were local. Proponents acknowledged that it is a “lousy choice” to have to decide between affordable housing and green, open space, but the community’s desire to make the Garden a permanent part of our neighborhood was stated loud and clear.