Elizabeth Street Garden

An Open Letter to DOE Proposing Outdoor Classes at Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted July 28, 2020 at 5:02 am

The following open letter to the Department of Education was penned by executive director of the Elizabeth Street Garden, Joseph Reiver. Dear Chancellor Carranza, As the City moves to reopen public schools, Elizabeth Street Garden would like to offer our grounds for outdoor classes.  We understand the complexity of ensuring that children safely receive their […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Reopens Post-Shutdown

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:04 am

At a time when city folk are clamoring for more open space, the Elizabeth Street Garden comes to the rescue. The one-acre sculpture park – nestled in the middle of Little Italy – reopened to the public over the weekend. Yet, with limited hours. Temporary visitation is weekends from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There are also […]

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To Survive, Gohan-Ya Merges with Lovely Day On Elizabeth Street

Last modified June 10, 2020 at 9:41 am

Lovely Day on Elizabeth Street has become a local favorite because of its affordable home-cooking and cozy neighborhood vibe. But now the something-for-everyone menu, which already includes both Asian and American comfort food, is about to get even more diverse. Owner Kazusa Jibiki is merging the Japanese fare from her second restaurant, Gohan-Ya, into Lovely […]

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Haven Green’s New Deal for Elizabeth Street Garden Site Throws Shade at the Community

Last modified October 31, 2019 at 9:11 am

While City Council over the summer approved Haven Green, an affordable housing development set to rise atop the Elizabeth Street Garden, nonprofit groups continue to fight for the beloved, Little Italy green space. Last Saturday, the endangered garden received an outpouring of support from the local community as over 2,300 people attended the annual “Harvest […]

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Rep. Maloney’s ‘RECIPE’ Act Missing Ingredient for Real Revitalization

Last modified September 20, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Last week, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY12 District) held a press conference to reintroduce the RECIPE Act (Revitalizing Cities through Parks Enhancement) –  a clever acronym for a bill that proposes $10 million in funding for community gardens and parks through HUD, not just in New York City, but nationwide. La Plaza Cultural Center de […]

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Councilwoman Chin’s Open Space Game as Haven Green Goes to City Council Vote Today

Last modified June 28, 2019 at 8:45 am

While the fate of Elizabeth Street Garden will ultimately be decided in the courts, today’s City Council vote on the Haven Green affordable housing project set to rise on the Garden marks the final chapter in the city’s Uniform Land-Use Process (ULURP). Garden advocates fear the vote will be another rubber-stamp action by the City […]

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Art Pigeon of Elizabeth Street Garden Stars in Next Season of HBO’s The Deuce

Last modified June 21, 2019 at 8:11 am

When both sides of the street are lined with 1970s gas-guzzlers, it could only mean one thing. HBO’s The Deuce is filming in the ‘hood. Viewers flocked to the first and second season of the Time Square series for a look at the seedier side of the city. Now that the show is transitioning into […]

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City Council’s Land Use Committee Votes in Favor of Haven Green

Posted June 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Haven Green development in Little Italy is one step closer to reality. And by extension, so is the destruction of the 20,000 square-foot Elizabeth Street Garden atop which it will sit. The four-member City Council Land Use committee yesterday unanimously approved the mixed-use project, which, if approved, is to offer 123 studio apartments of […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Supporters and Housing Advocates Clash at City Hall Hearing for Haven Green

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:55 am

Supporters rallying to save Elizabeth Street Garden lined the steps of City Hall last Thursday chanting: “No Rubber Stamp!” This was a message to Councilmembers inside who were about to hold a hearing on the controversial Haven Green project. As part of the city’s public land-use review process (ULURP), the Haven Green development, with its […]

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Double-Date with Destiny for Elizabeth Street Garden and SoHo/NoHo Residents

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

Today, the stakes are high for both Elizabeth Street Garden advocates and residents of SoHo and NoHo. Councilmember Margaret Chin has double-booked a date with destiny. The final public hearing in the city’s land-use review process for the Haven Green senior affordable complex, set to rise seven-stories on the beloved Little Italy garden, goes before […]

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