Siempre Verde Garden

Siempre Verde Garden Saved as City Transfers Ownership to Parks Department Under GreenThumb

Posted January 4, 2016 at 5:15 am

​Catching up on some news that transpired during the holiday week … Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street is finally under the protective care of the Parks Department. The city officially transferred ownership from from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which heretofore oversaw the parcel. The garden activists at 596 Acres listed the […]

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Margaret Chin Calls on HPD to Transfer Lots to Siempre Verde Garden

Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:05 am

Political support for Siempre Verde Garden grows, with Councilwoman Margaret Chin leading the way. The L-shaped pocket park linking Stanton and Attorney Streets has been fighting to stay alive since 2012 when efforts to redevelop the plots into a five-story luxury building gained ground. There had been initial support for the measure from Community Board 3 that […]

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CB3 Signals Support of Siempre Verde Garden, Shuns Proposed Development

Posted October 15, 2014 at 6:09 am

The Siempre Verde Garden spent the last month frantically rallying the troops against the goliath of luxury development. It was a grassroots full-court press – both through social media and in real life – that ultimately succeeded in netting nearly 1,000 signatures in opposition to the plans. What’s more, twelve other neighborhood gardens and a […]

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Siempre Verde Garden Gathers Hundreds of Support Signatures to Keep Garden Alive

Posted October 8, 2014 at 6:07 am

The Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street – a recent addition to the city’s GreenThumb initiative – isn’t going down without a fight. Having achieved recognition by the Parks Department last year, neighborhood volunteers transformed two city-owned parcels into a pocket park amongst the tenements of Stanton and Attorney. It came a long way in […]

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Sign the Petition to Help Save Siempre Verde Garden from a Bulldozing Luxury Development

Posted September 29, 2014 at 6:08 am

Friday morning, we reported the sad but unsurprising news that the recently-forged Siempre Verde Garden is threatened by a proposed five-story luxury residential development. Garden faithful probably expected this in the back of their minds, but more than likely hoped would not come to pass. An urgent plea to help save the “youngest” GreenThumb garden from extinction […]

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Siempre Verde Garden Threatened as New Residential Development Proposed

Posted September 26, 2014 at 5:35 am

Siempre Verde Garden – “the youngest garden on the LES” – just attained its GreenThumb status from the city over a year ago. Volunteers hoped through consistent and positive use, it would become a permanent neighborhood addition. The park had further attained support from Parks and Recreation and a grant from the Citizens Committee of NYC. All […]

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

Posted May 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

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 […]

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COMMUNAL SPACES Play Festival Arrives to Lower East Side Community Gardens

Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

Here’s one way to stretch out summer. The community gardens of the Lower East Side will be the backdrop for this year’s 3rd annual Communal Spaces Play Festival.

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7-Story Luxury Residential Building to Replace Warehouse at 155 Attorney Street

Posted August 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

Attorney Street north of Straus Park is one of the last enclaves of genuine Lower East Side, and one of our favorite photo subjects.

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Hendrik Beikirch Paints Stunning Mural of a Girl on Stanton Street

Posted July 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

For the last couple days, the mobile boom has been parked inside the Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street. But with good reason. Just take look up… That there bundled-up girl emblazoned on the side of 183 Stanton is the work of Hendrik Beikirch, a German-born artist who specializes in portraiture. This black-and-white mural is […]

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