First Community Meeting for ‘Siempre Verde Garden’ on Stanton is Tonight

Posted on: February 20th, 2013 at 9:48 am by


Guerrilla gardening efforts have entered the next chapter at 181 Stanton Street. This sliver lot of dormant real estate, already primed for eventual development, recently gained some city-sponsored legitimacy as public green space. Thanks to CB3 backing, the Siempre Verde Garden, officially its name since the mid-1980s, now carries a one-year “license” through the GreenThumb program. Said designation was awarded last November.

According to a commenter on the grassroots 596 Acres website:

In the mid-1980s, a woman named Cecllia lived at 179 Stanton Street, in a older tenement back building. Like many older Latino residents in the neighborhood, she was concerned with having three small and desolate empty lots next to her building. Over 25 years ago, she started Siempre Verde, a garden which used the two HPD lots and had obtained permission to use the privately owned Gottleib lot in between them as well. Siempre Verde was listed on 1980s and 1990s garden maps of the neighborhood. In the 1990s, other residents of her building planted the two large trees that shade these lots today.

But the garden is a temporary arrangement, at best. This particular parcel, together with 137-139 Attorney,was pitched to Community Board 3 a year ago for development. The board fully backed the idea at the time, which called for Wormser + Associates to construct a five-story residential building with rear yard, and a stipulation that affordable housing be “maximized.”

Nevertheless, the first community meeting for Siempre Verde Garden is tonight at ABC No Rio on Rivington Street, 6:30pm.

Recent Stories

‘Sixty LES’ Hotel Adds Spotlights for Better Hell Square Exposure

When it comes to Hell Square development, the Sixty LES hotel (née Thompson LES) on Allen Street is old guard. Maintaining the spotlight after seven years, and in the face of such competition, apparently requires just that. Lights. The lodge installed tacky accent lighting on its north face to help differentiate itself from the beast […]

‘Upstairs on Rivington’ is the Latest Nightlife Entrant at the Hotel on Rivington

Upstairs on Rivington is the newly renovated lobby lounge at the Hotel on Rivington. It’s a Thursday-through-Saturday joint that joins Cafe Medi on the ground level and the upscale Jia Lounge next door. The second-floor hangout opened a couple weeks ago with a launch party featuring its “artist in residence,” Domingo Zapata. The stunt – […]

‘Lanzhou Ramen’ Opens on East Broadway in Time for the Cold Season

Ramen season is definitely upon us. And here’s another Chinatown establishment to test. Lanzhou Ramen debuted last week at 107 East Broadway, thus concluding the tenant drought here. The requisite grand opening flags dangle from the entryway. This wasn’t the original plan for the ground level of 107 East Broadway, though. Last December, a gaggle […]

‘LES Popped’ Finds a New Home with Wendy Mink Jewelry on Orchard Street

Two Lower East Side retailers are coming together at 72 Orchard Street. One, a veteran; the other, more freshman. The Wendy Mink boutique just welcomed a co-tenant after more than eight years selling jewelry on the block. Brand of choice is LES Popped, the local artisan market that briefly occupied 365 Grand Street for several […]

Dylan Rieder, Skater and Owner of ‘The Hunt,’ Memorialized with Skateboard Tribute on Canal Street

Dylan Rieder, a professional skateboarder and model out of California, died two weeks ago after a two-year battle with Leukemia. He was 28. Rieder also co-owned the eclectic oddities shop at 27 Canal Street called The Hunt with fellow skateboarders Jake Lamagno and Steven Ditchkus. Which explains the brief closure and makeshift memorial that now sits outside the gate. […]