During Q&A, Garden supporters may ask how HPD’s plan to develop the Garden takes into account the:
Lack of green park space in CB 2;
Heavy use of the Garden by local residents including neighborhood seniors and children;
Needs of the hundreds of residents at 21 Spring St.;
Strong support from the local community for preserving the Garden as a park;
An alternative to build affordable housing at Hudson and Clarkson streets;
How development that includes ground-floor retail will impact local small businesses; and
Additional questions raised by HPD’s presentation.
Following Q&A, public comments will be welcome.
The Scholastic Auditorium seats 271 so there will be plenty of room for Garden supporters!RSVP here.
Why YOUR Attendance Makes a Difference
By attending the Jan. 20 meeting, you have the opportunity to show HPD, our elected officials and community leaders that our local neighborhood and business community are committed to saving Elizabeth Street Garden. RSVP here.
In September, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden supporters wrote more than 1,500 letters in favor of saving the Garden and in opposition to a Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) grant to HPD for an affordable housing project that would destroy the Garden.
Additionally, more than 250 supporters attended (or tried to attend) the LMDC hearing. Supporters filled the main hearing room, two overflow rooms and an outside terrace. Some were never even able to enter the building due to overwhelming attendance, but each and every one of us was counted!
To date, LMDC has not yet made a decision on grant recipients, but our overwhelming support showed that building on Elizabeth Street Garden does not demonstrate “a high level of community interest and support,” a primary criterion for the grant.
Garden Supporters: Elected Officials, Parks & Community Groups, and Community Board
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.