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Legal Action Imminent
$20,000 Matching Grant Challenge Met

On Nov. 13, New York City certified its application to destroy the Garden. Our legal action to stop the city is imminent, but we need your help!

A fund in The New York Community Trust has matched $20,000 in donations to Friends’ Legal Defense Fund to stop the destruction of our beloved Garden.

Thanks to you to all who contributed to meet this challenge!

There is more work to be done. We must continue to raise the $100,000 necessary to fund our lawsuit, and we have $25,000 to go….

*Please note that our organization is Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden

Contribute online or send a check to Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden Inc., 235 Elizabeth Street, Ste. 23, New York, NY 10012.

If you have questions, want to help further or would like to introduce Friends to potential donors, please contact Emily Hellstrom at Emily.Hellstrom@ElizabethStreetGarden.ORG.

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors.

Friends Has Hired a Legal Team to Sue the City to Stop It From Bulldozing Our Neighborhood Oasis

Friends has retained Michael Gruen, an experienced land use attorney with a proven track record litigating against New York City and state governmental entities. Gruen is president of the City Club, a good governance organization that recently won two important land use cases — Pier 55 and Flushing Meadows.

In the Pier 55 litigation, after the City Club’s major victory in federal court, NYC Parks management agreed to protect the river, and Governor Cuomo committed to “work cooperatively to complete the full vision” for Hudson River Park. For Flushing Meadows, the City Club’s litigation successfully blocked the development of a proposed shopping mall near Citi Field.

Our legal team has developed strong legal strategies based on compliance with the history of the Garden site and environmental law.

Friends is coordinating its legal strategy with Garden supporters in the community to achieve our shared goal of saving the Garden from development.

How the City’s Plan Will Destroy the Garden

Don’t be fooled by pretty renderings…. Once the bulldozers come, the developers will replace our green oasis with a tiny, shadow-filled, privately-owned opened space.

The Development Will Destroy the Garden (presentation link)


Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden remains independent and fully committed to our mission to preserve Elizabeth Street Garden as a unique public green, open space and New York City Park.