Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street to Celebrate Its First ‘Growing Season’

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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137-139 Attorney and its immediate neighbor at 181 Stanton Street were altogether dormant rat dens for more than three decades.

But in a twist of old-school neighborhood activisim, community members transformed the pair of city-owned lots into a pocket garden last year. The Siempre Verde Garden was thus born, and awarded GreenThumb status from the Parks Department.

Dubbed the “youngest garden on the LES,” Siempre Verde is celebrating its first anniversary with an opening kickoff on Mother’s Day weekend (May 10). The following activities are planned:

Yoga – Bring your own mat (childcare provided) – 2pm
Face Painting and Storytelling for kids of all ages – 2pm
Treasure hunts
Seedling sales and community planting
Free food and drinks

Don’t forget, though, that development of these lots was, at one point, fairly close to happening. You see, William Gottlieb owns the keystone lot at 137 Attorney Street, and plans had been underway to join HPD for a five-story residential building with rear yard. Community Board 3 did support the project, but then nothing happened.

Garden faithful hope that consistent use of the site as a garden, plus the ability to show positive local impact, might help thwart future construction. Cautiously optimistic is the appropriate phrase here, especially in light of the Children’s Magical Garden and its lawsuit.

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