Annual Report & Board

Click on Annual Report to view. (PDF: 7 MB)

Click to view. (PDF: 7 MB)

Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden

On Aug. 20, 2014, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden Inc. filed its nonprofit Certificate of Incorporation with New York State and on Oct. 24, 2014, received federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.

Read Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden Inc. bylaws.


The founding board of directors comprises five voting members and one nonvoting ex officio member from Manhattan’s Community Board 2:

Kent Barwick, Chairman

  • President emeritus of The Municipal Art Society of New York, having served as president from 1984 to 1995 and 1999 to 2009, and as executive director from 1969 to 1976.
  • First director in 1998 of “The Waterfront Project,” which has burgeoned into the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.
  • Former president of the New York State Historical Association from 1995 to 1997 and vice chairman from 1993 to 1995.
  • Former chairman of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1978 to 1983.
  • Former executive director of New York State Council on the Arts.
  • Presidential appointee to the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Commission and gubernatorial appointee to the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial Commission.
  • Served on the boards of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Governor’s Island Alliance, Parks & Trails New York (Advisory Board) and the Erie Canal National Heritage Commission.
  • Chairman of the State Council on Waterways and serves on the boards of the Park Avenue Armory, SS Columbia Project, Historic Hudson Valley and the Saint-Gaudens Memorial (National Park Service).
  • Long-time resident of Little Italy.

Aaron Booher

  • Associate principal at Future Green Studio and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
  • Landscape designer of the national award-winning Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, New York Times Building Lobby Garden and numerous residential and commercial developments.
  • NYC Parks Super Steward.
  • Member of Sixth Street and Avenue B Community Garden.
  • Initial organizer of efforts to preserve Elizabeth Street Garden.
  • Resident of Elizabeth Street for 18 years.

Jeannine Kiely

  • Member of Manhattan’s Community Board 2 and its executive committee, serving as chair of Schools and Education Committee and member of Parks and Waterfront Committee.
  • Founding board member of Green Below 14, which improves parks, playgrounds and open spaces in Manhattan below 14th Street.
  • Former director in the Health Care and Higher Education Group at Citigroup.
  • Initial organizer of efforts to preserve Elizabeth Street Garden.
  • Resident of downtown Manhattan for 20 years.

Dan Rafalin

  • Partner in Little Italy-based AvroKO Hospitality Group, which owns and operates PUBLIC, The Daily, Saxon + Parole, Madam Geneva and Genuine Roadside in New York City and The Thomas in Napa, California.
  • Adjunct professor in NYU’s master’s program in food management from 2002 to 2008.
  • Instructor at The French Culinary Institute in restaurant management.

Member of Manhattan’s Community Board 2, Ex Officio


Jeannine Kiely

Aaron Booher

John Benscoter