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Garden to Open Every Day

Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden is excited to announce that the Garden will open to the public every day  seven days a week.

FriendsESG has collaborated throughout the winter with local nonprofit Association for Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) to establish an internship program at Elizabeth Street Garden.

Beginning in May, ACE interns will provide monitoring, maintenance and horticulture care for the Garden, as well as welcome visitors, during weekday mornings and afternoons. Dedicated neighborhood volunteers will continue to keep the Garden open on weekends and in the evenings.

Opening Elizabeth Street Garden seven days a week doubles the amount of open space available to the Little Italy community, a neighborhood that has less open space per person than any other in Manhattan. In fact, Little Italy is part of the only downtown neighborhood that NYC Parks identifies as “underserved” by open space.

We thank ACE and look forward to working together to serve our community. We also thank neighborhood donors for their contributions that make this collaboration possible.

Elizabeth Street Garden to Mayor: Save Our Garden!

We heard in January that the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to developers to build affordable housing on the Garden. HPD’s position has not changed, and we expect the agency to issue an RFP shortly, despite public outcry and the announcement that Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) did not fund HPD’s $6 million request.

We are preparing a letter writing campaign to the mayor that we will launch shortly. Show your opposition now to the City’s plan to build on the Garden! Tweet, retweet, share and tag on social media using:

#elizabethstreetgarden | #ESGSaveOurGarden

@billdeblasio | @dmaliciaglen | @nycmayorsoffice
@nychousing | @cm_margaretchin | @chirlane

Wednesdays & Thursdays:
Weekly Kids' Yoga & Children's Storytime Return

Kids' Yoga — Wednesdays, beginning April 20, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Garden volunteer and Twisted Trunk instructor Suzanne Monto has designed this class especially to foster an appreciation for the Garden's distinctive qualities. Kids will freeze in “strong statue” poses, learn about the life cycles of different Garden elements — seed to tree, caterpillar to butterfly, etc., practice different “insect” poses, and explore the sounds and other sensory qualities of the Garden through minimeditations, aiming to provide an opportunity for kids to connect to this beloved neighborhood space in a unique and meaningful way.

Open to kids of all ages and their families. FREE. Please bring your own mat, if you have one.

Children's Storytime — Thursdays, beginning April 21, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Garden volunteer Alan Young and his 3-year-old son Callum entertain kids with their favorite stories.

Open to all children under age 5. FREE.

Friday: Plant a Tree on Earth Day

Earth Day Tree Planting — Friday, April 22, 4:30 p.m.
Join Garden volunteer Ilaria Fusina, her family and more than one billion people in 192 countries around the globe who will take action to protect our shared environment on Earth Day. Let's plant a tree for the planet and have fun doing it.

Grownups and kids are welcome. FREE.

Coming Up in April & May

All Elizabeth Street Garden activities and events are open to the public and FREE. For up-to-date details, check out the Garden calendar.

Community Spaces in Jeopardy Ridewith 596 Acres and Public Space Party — Saturday, April 30, Noon – 6:30 p.m., beginning at the Garden. (Rescheduled from April 9)

Chinatown: A Walk Through Historywith Museum of Chinese in America, as part of The Municipal Art Society’s Jane’s Walk NYC and in celebration of Lower East Side History Month Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Good Citizen Voter Registration DriveSaturday, May 7, Noon – 3 p.m.

Composting in the City Workshop, with NYC Compost Project hosted by Lower East Side Ecology Center — Saturday, May 7, 1 – 3 p.m.

Weekly in the Garden
Community Gardening — Saturdays, 10 a.m. – Noon
Kids' Yoga — Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Children's Storytime — Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Highlights: Seed Planting, Student Field Trips & More

Seed Planting Workshop
Thanks to everyone who came out on April 10 to start vegetables and herbs for the Garden's heritage Chinese-Italian kitchen garden. Germinating in the Garden's cold frames, seedlings will begin to sprout soon.
P.S. 1 Service Team Visit
Students from the P.S. 1 Service Team visited Elizabeth Street Garden during a field trip on April 8. In addition to seeing the daffodils in bloom that they planted in fall, students started seeds to plant in the Garden and take home.
Thank you to the team and Eleanor Christian and Harriet Savitz, P.S. 1 Service Team teacher-coaches. We all look forward to planting out the seedlings later in spring.
City-as-School Field Trip
Garden volunteer and City-As-School instructor Naima Freitas and her students enjoy the Garden during their first field trip on April 15.

If your local school group may be interested in Garden workshops and activities, please contact us.
Grow to Learn Educator Workshop

Grow to Learn and Nick Storrs from Randall’s Island Park Alliance's Urban Farm led a workshop on April 18 for educators about planting and growing the world’s most widely consumed crop rice. Attendees learned how to make urban rice paddies and aqua-ecosystems with their students and how to grow rice from seed to harvest.

Bollare Volunteer Workday
Thanks to neighborhood communications and style firm Bollare employees who volunteered to break ground on April 16 for a new shade garden.
Garden Hours

Garden Hours (weather permitting)
Weekends, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Weekdays, Noon – 6 p.m.

Volunteers help keep the Garden open during the sunniest and warmest hours of the day, year-round. Email to help.
See you in the Garden.
Volunteer, attend events and join the conversation:
Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 2014 in New York with the mission to preserve Elizabeth Street Garden as a unique public green, open space and NYC Park. Contributions made for the charitable purposes of Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

A copy of the latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden, 235 Elizabeth St., Ste. 23, New York, NY 10012 or the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, Third Floor, New York, NY 10271.

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235 Elizabeth Street, Suite 23
New York, NY 10012

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