On 24-Hour Watch at the Children’s Magical Garden

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 at 6:00 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Just call it “Occupy CMG,” but replace Zucotti with Children’s Magical Garden. Vocal advocates of the local greenspace on Stanton Street remain hunkered down, having pitched tent and tarp. It’s a makeshift activist campsite for round-the-clock community surveillance.

As we first reported last week, garden faithful planted themselves here to keep a watchful eye on any new construction behind the plywood of the neighboring lot (157 Norfolk Street). This latest precautionary measure is in light of the Department of Buildings lifting its brief hold order on Horizon Group’s new six-story development (they were apparently waiting on more “community input”).

This image has been archived or removed.

However, there is still no word on the possible recourse from defenders if and when ground is broken on at the 157 Norfolk parcel.

Composition of the proposed 80-foot-tall building includes six units (one of which is a penthouse) and a pair of roof decks. Each apartment is roughly 1,100 square-feet. Kutnicki Bernstein Architects is the designer.

Garden faithful are still embroiled in legal proceedings against the Horizon Group and developer Serge Hoyda, who was the previous property owner. Their argument highlights the state law of “Adverse Possession,” in which a party has the right to ownership if they’ve occupied the property for at least a ten-year period. CMG is operating under that assumption, and acting accordingly in the case.

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

New Year, Wrong Stamp for USPS Commemorative Postage [OP-ED]

With the Lunar New Year fast approaching, the U.S. Postal Service released its annual commemorative stamp to honor the holiday. Yet, the new postage seriously misses the mark, is wrong on many levels. The Lunar New Year – observed this year on February 12 – is celebrated by several Asian cultures, but it’s difficult to […]

Covid Killed ‘Wall of Sound’ Producer Phil Spector; Revisiting The Ronettes Outside Parisi Bakery

Phil Spector, the legendary “Wall of Sound” producer, music impresario, and convicted murderer, died on Saturday of purported complications from Covid-19 at the Health Care Facility in Stockton (California), after being transferred from prison. He was 81. Incarcerated for murdering Lana Clarkson in 2003, Spector would spend his final years behind bars. Which makes paying […]

Appellate Court to Hear Community Lawsuit that Halted Development of Two Bridges Towers

Down on the Two Bridges waterfront, the future of three super-tall residential projects will soon be decided. Indeed, it took a year, but a community-led lawsuit is now on appeal, with a court date set for next week. You’ll recall that a consortium of community groups under the banner of Lower East Side Organized Neighbors […]

East Broadway Subway Station Turns 85

The East Broadway subway station wasn’t always a shady dungeon attracting crime. Once upon a time, the transit stop inspired celebrations across the Lower East Side. It was exactly eighty-five years ago – January 1, 1936 – that the East Broadway subway station debuted to the public. The feat of subterranean engineering, then known as […]

Looking at the New Ludlow House Annex Atop Demolished Libation Site

Well, that was quick. With Libation excised from the Lower East Side, the hole is now filled. Taken over by Ludlow House. The building at 137 Ludlow Street was demolished last year, and replaced in a matter of months. In fact, it’s already operational. The architecture of this one-story newcomer mirrors design elements of its […]