Elizabeth Street Garden

Watch Mayor de Blasio’s Reaction to Rivington House Accusations at Town Hall Last Night [VIDEO]

Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was open season on Mayor de Blasio during last night’s “sold out” town hall assembly. Lower East Siders peppered Hizzoner with a barrage of questions and grievances related to myriad hyperlocal concerns. Councilwoman Margaret Chin served as moderator. And while many in the room saw opportunity for clarity, political challengers with a horse in […]

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Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden Screening an Evening of Film Tomorrow

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

Riding on the coattails of Clayton Dean Smith’s success with Off Track Betty at the 2016 Brooklyn Film Festival, the Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden is looking to further engage the community by hosting its own film festival, dubbed “NYC: Lost and Found.” Alongside an Off Track Betty encore viewing, the film lineup includes two additional 15-minute productions […]

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CB2 Chair Condemns Ouster of ‘Friends’ from Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified April 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm

A shakeup at the Elizabeth Street Garden has given birth to a new entity that essentially forced out its independent nonprofit Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden (FESG) with the hopes of replacing it with a new 501(c)3 known as Elizabeth Street Garden, Inc. (ESG), an in-house, incorporated nonprofit. And if that’s not confusing enough, the […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Advocates Form Non-Profit Corporation to Fight for its Existence [Updated]

Last modified April 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Friends of the Elizabeth Street Garden, the grassroots organization founded three years ago to preserve the namesake green space, now has some competition with the newly formed non-profit corporation called Elizabeth Street Garden, Inc. Its goals are identical. Namely, to preserve the Elizabeth Street Garden as a public, open green space, Community Garden, and city […]

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Rivington House Stays Front-and-Center in Marte vs. Chin City Council Showdown

Posted March 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

Looks like the widely reported Rivington House debacle will loom large over City Council elections next fall. Last Friday, City Council hopeful Christopher Marte, brought his campaign message of “increased transparency” and “community outreach” to the Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden rally outside the iconic 45 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. The Garden protestors […]

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Hundreds Protest Councilwoman Margaret Chin’s Refusal to Save the Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted December 8, 2016 at 5:12 am

Yesterday, hundreds of residents from Little Italy, SoHo, Nolita and surrounding neighborhoods protested in front of the City Council offices on Broadway, to vocalize their frustration over major real estate development decisions getting greenlit through Margaret Chin and the de Blasio administration. Of the many concerns included the lack of support on Council Member Chin’s part to […]

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City Issues RFP to Bulldoze Elizabeth Street Garden for Affordable Housing Development

Posted September 16, 2016 at 5:03 am

The Elizabeth Street Garden is caught between affordable housing and a green place. And now, it appears that bulldozing might come sooner than previously believed. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development issued an official Request for Proposals this week to redevelop the city-owned land for affordable senior housing. “The Project must include affordable housing […]

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‘This is Little Italy’ at the Elizabeth Street Garden, Seen Through the Eyes of Vinny Vella [PHOTOS]

Last modified September 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

This past Tuesday, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden sponsored a special community event entitled: “This is Little Italy.” Two powerful documentaries from two local filmmakers were presented at a free outdoor screening. Both films focused on life for the Italian-American community of Little Italy. The first, Paul Stone’s Mulberry, premiered as part of Tribeca Film Festival’s 2016 Documentary Shorts […]

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Let’s Find the Political Will to Save Elizabeth Street Garden and Build More Housing in CB2 [OP-ED]

Posted November 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

Take a look at a m​ap​ of Little Italy and SoHo. There is not a single garden or green park from Bowery to the Hudson River, from Canal to Houston Street, except Elizabeth Street Garden, ​a heavily-­used green oasis in our dense urban neighborhood. Our local community would like to preserve Elizabeth Street Garden as […]

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CB2 Endorses Permanent Preservation of the Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted February 14, 2014 at 5:33 am

The Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy just cleared its first major hurdle on the track to permanence. Many months of grassroots campaigning netted a win for advocates a couple weeks ago at the full Community Board 2 meeting. Many in the community believe the mid-block sculpture garden is under direct threat from the SPURA […]

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