Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden

CPC Holds First Public Hearing on Elizabeth Street Garden Today

Last modified March 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

As two Elizabeth Street Garden nonprofit groups turn to lawsuits to thwart redevelopment of the Little Italy oasis, the Haven Green senior affordable housing complex is proceeding to the next phase of the Uniform Land-Use Review Process (ULLURP). The controversial, 123-unit development appears before the City Planning Commission for a public hearing this morning at […]

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In Coordinated Action, Opposition Files Lawsuit to Halt Elizabeth Street Garden Development

Last modified March 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

Following months of legal threats, opponents of a plan to redevelop the Elizabeth Street Garden have filed twin lawsuits to stop it from happening. The garden itself and the separate nonprofit devoted to its protection (Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden) filed the action against the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in Manhattan Supreme […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden and the ‘Halo Effect’ of Haven Green Redevelopment [OP-ED]

Last modified June 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

The debate rages over open space versus affordable housing in Little Italy.The following editorial regarding the fight for Elizabeth Street Garden was written and submitted by Little Italy native, Eddie Panta.  Garden advocates aren’t backing down from their fight to save Elizabeth Street Garden from redevelopment, even if it means being pitted against other non-profits. […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Advocates Bury the Hatchet, Ramp up Opposition to Redevelopment

Last modified June 8, 2018 at 10:11 am

Advocates for the endangered Elizabeth Street Garden are rallying the troops for another round of battle to ward off certain redevelopment of the Little Italy lot. But first, a truce between the warring factions of the garden. The two nonprofit groups committed to saving the namesake green space – Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden and […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden will be Bulldozed and Redeveloped by Penrose Development

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Now that election season is over, there is finally movement toward the controversial destruction and redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city will apparently announce today that it’s chosen the developer to carry out this task. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract for the seven-story project to Penrose Development. The […]

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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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