Elizabeth Street Garden Advocates Outline Alternate Future, Lawyer Up

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 at 5:06 am by

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract last month for an affordable housing project atop the Elizabeth Street Garden. All but a death sentence for the open space.

The proposed building – developed by Penrose Development – will rise seven stories and carry 121 permanently affordable apartments for seniors. And as if to placate aggrieved locals, the plan also calls for the inclusion of 7,600 square-feet of publicly-accessible garden space.

Nevertheless, the Elizabeth Street Garden nonprofit (not to be confused with the splinter Friends of ESG) further confirmed the commitment to “protect & preserve the space in a way that allows the unique qualities, statuary, and architectural aspects to remain, while providing the large amount of public open green space and free programming that our community desperately needs.” To that end, they’ve announced the legal retainment of Norman Siegel to stymie city efforts to redevelop the land.

The nonprofit yesterday also unveiled illustrations of a potential future for the Little Italy greenspace. A so-called sustainable future.

“ESG urges Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilmember Margaret Chin to rescind the RFP, save Elizabeth Street Garden and build the proposed affordable housing plan on the alternative site designated by Community Board 2 and the community,” Reiver noted in a media advisory. “Thousands of community members and many elected officials — including State Senator Brian Kavanagh, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Yuh- Line Niou, and Assemblymember Deborah Glick — support saving Elizabeth Street Garden.”

Recent Stories

Revisit Martha Diamond’s ‘Urbanist Art’ and Life on the Bowery Since 1969

In case you missed Martha Diamond’s show at Magenta Plains on Allen Street back in January, the career-spanning exhibit at the Lower East Side gallery is now online. For a limited time, visitors to independent.org online viewing room will gain access to not just the past exhibit, but also an overview of Diamond’s career. There’s a […]

The Shameful State of Sara D. Roosevelt Park [OP-ED]

The following editorial was written by longtime Lower East Sider and lifelong New Yorker Arthur Karpati. When I moved to the Lower East Side in 1999, I did so because of the dynamic nature of the neighborhood. Long one of the city’s great cultural crossroads—from Chinatown to Little Italy to Loisaida—it has also, in recent […]

Uncapped: The Making of The Unauthorized Biography of Ree 2

Boogie Fam! It sure has been a while. Have you checked out the Bowery Boogie Uncapped (BBU) Podcast? Launched during the pandemic, we are now three seasons deep and chock full of interviews with graffiti pioneers, street artists, Boogie affiliates and most recently, a song debut. You know that country we emancipated from in 1776? […]

Teenager Attacked by Panhandler Asking for Dollar in East Broadway Station

The East Broadway subway station bolsters its reputation as haven of crime this week with reports that a teenager was attacked by an aggressive panhandler. According to police, at 8:15am last Sunday (September 12), an unknown man approached a 16-year-old boy asking for a dollar. When the teenager refused, the suspect followed, and muttered racist […]

Woman Threatens Customers with Stool at King Dumplings on Hester Street

Wednesday evening, a woman was spotted harassing customers at King Dumplings on Hester Street. Our tipster says that the belligerent demanded $10 from the group, and when she was ignored, grabbed a stool and threatened violence. Prior to that incident, the woman jumped on the hood of a livery cab. She also grabbed a person […]