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Legal Action Imminent

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!

$20,000 Matching Grant Through The New York Community Trust

Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden is thrilled to announce that a fund in The New York Community Trust has committed to match donations to Friends’ Legal Defense Fund up to $20,000 to fund legal fees to stop the destruction of our beloved Garden. In the first week of the challenge, Friends raised 52% toward the matching grant. Help us raise 100% by Tuesday, Nov. 27. One hundred percent of your donations will fund legal fees to stop the destruction of our beloved Garden.

*Please note that our organization is Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden. Be sure to donate to Friends to ensure your gift counts toward the $20,000 matching grant.

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

For more information, contact Emily Hellstrom at emily.hellstrom@elizabethstreetgarden.org.

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.