Save the Date!
Dec 2: Community Board 2 Parks & Waterfront and Land Use Committees Joint Meeting
Manhattan Community Board 2 hosts a joint meeting of its Parks & Waterfront 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 about the importance of the Garden to our community and the hope that we can work with CB 2 to build affordable housing in our community without destroying the Garden.
CB 2 Parks & Waterfront and Land Use Committees Joint Meeting —
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
NYU, 5 Washington Place at Mercer Street, Room 101
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.