Save our Garden, write the mayor!
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NYC Kids Project Puppet Show, Thank You!

A Thousand Letters Delivered to Mayor de Blasio to Save Our Garden, Please Keep Them Coming!

On May 25, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden volunteers joined New Yorkers for Parks and parks users, gardeners and advocates from across the city to make sure that the mayor and city council know that we need quality parks and open space.

Garden volunteers submitted nearly a thousand of YOUR letters to the mayor opposing New York City’s plan to issue a Request for Proposal to developers to build affordable housing that would destroy Elizabeth Street Garden.

We still need your help:
  1. Write the mayor and forward this action to your neighbors and friends asking them to write a letter too.
  2. Share this tweet and Facebook post.
  3. Join the discussion on social media. Use #elizabethstreetgarden and #ESGSaveOurGarden.
Thanks to our supporters who have already sent letters to the mayor!
Garden Supporters at City Hall

This Weekend, Public & Free: Community Potluck & BBQ, Live Music Sunday and Citibabes' Infant Class

Movement & Music for Infants With CitibabesSaturday, June 4, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
This children's class, hosted by neighborhood Citibabes centers on an infant's physical, cognitive and social development through age-appropriate play. Best for children through 12 months old.

Fourth Season Celebration: Community Potluck and BBQ
Saturday, June 4, 3 – 5 p.m.
Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, June 4, 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Dedicated to Garden Volunteers & Saving Our Garden
This weekend we celebrate the beginning of the fourth year of our neighborhood volunteer movement to save the Garden and thank volunteers and community supporters.
Invite your friends and neighbors to participate in a potluck and barbecue and enjoy music and fun activities!

Please share a dish with others: bring an appetizer, salad or side if your last name begins with A – S and a dessert if your last name begins with T – Z. Shared dishes need not feed everyone; a contribution of 6 – 10 servings is plenty. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided by Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden. No alcoholic beverages please.

For additional info or to help, please email

Live Music SundaySunday, June 5, 4 – 6 p.m.
Our biweekly summer concert series begins Sunday. Don’t miss Stephan Timonier and Leffie Louise performing this weekend in the Garden.

Volunteer OrientationWednesday, June 8, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Volunteers keep the Garden open for our community. The more volunteers there are, the more hours the Garden can be open. Volunteering is flexible and simply involves welcoming visitors for just ONE hour at a time. Some volunteers volunteer each week, and other less frequently. Become a volunteer.

If you would like to volunteer but cannot make this time, please email

Next Week: Memoir Writing Workshop & Weekly Children's Music

Seeds of a Memoir Writing Workshop
Tuesdays, June 7, June 28, July 12, and July 26, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This workshop, led by Barbara Horn, English professor emerita at Nassau Community College, includes exercises that help us discover, reflect, recall and create. With the Garden as backdrop, participants – especially seniors – are encouraged to remember long-ago and perhaps far-away places as they begin work on memoir writing. Reading pieces with other members is encouraged but not required.

Weekly Children's Music Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Live music, dancing, bubbles and fun with volunteers actress-singer Lauren Ruff and guitarist Pete Armstrong. We’ll provide music and percussion instruments for your little ones to sing, dance or play along. Bring the family and pack a picnic lunch for afterward.

Kids of all ages are welcome, but the music is geared especially towards newborns through 4-year-olds.

Coming Up in June

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

Seeds of a Memoir Writing WorkshopTuesday, June 7, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ladybug ReleaseSaturday, June 18, 12:30 p.m.
Live Music SundaySunday, June 19, 4 – 6 p.m.
Kids' Dragon Defense League With McNally Jackson Books
Saturday, June 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Seeds of a Memoir Writing WorkshopTuesday, June 28, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Movie Night: "Dragon" (2011)Wednesday, June 29, 8:30 p.m.

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

Garden Highlights

Thursdays Children's Storytime
Tree Stewardship at Petrosino Square
Neighborhood P.S. 1 students dig up worms...
...and tie down daffodils planted in fall.
Garden Hours

Garden Open Daily
10 a.m. – 6 p.m., weather permitting.

Volunteers work to keep the Garden open daily year-round.
Email to help.
See you in the Garden.
Sundays Vinyasa Yoga
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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