How can you help SAVE the GARDEN?
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Dear Neighbors and Friends,

We face a real threat that the Garden could be razed for construction, but we can stop it with your help.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) is considering a grant to New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) for an affordable housing project at Elizabeth Street Garden.

How You Can Help:
1. Write a letter now.
2. Attend the LMDC hearing on Thursday, Sept. 17.
3. Share this message with your neighbors and friends, especially those who live in the neighborhood. Forward this email or the letter links and ask them to write a letter too.

How You Can Help Details:
1. Write to LMDC Chairman Joseph Chan urging him to vote NO on the funding request for an affordable housing project on Elizabeth Street Garden.
Click on the links below and select one of three templates. We encourage you to customize them, as you feel appropriate:

Need for Green, Open Park Space Letter

Importance of Community Center Letter

Why Parents & Kids Love the Garden Letter

2. Attend the LMDC Hearing on Thursday, Sept. 17, 4:30– 7 p.m.
The hearing begins at 4:30 p.m. Arrive before 6 p.m. to make an impact!

Borough of Manhattan Community College Fiterman Hall
245 Greenwich St., between Barclay Street & Park Place, two blocks north of World Trade Center

3. Share with your neighbors and friends and ask them to write letters to LMDC Chairman Joseph Chan.
After you have written your own letter online, consider taking a few minutes to forward our letter links to your neighbors and friends in the neighborhood via email or social media.

For additional information, please read the FAQ below.

Thank you,

Jeannine Kiely, President
Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden

Frequently Asked Questions  (FAQs)

1. What is the threat to Elizabeth Street Garden?
We recently learned that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) is considering a grant to New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to build an affordable housing project at 21 Spring, which would destroy Elizabeth Street Garden.
2. What is the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation?
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation, was created in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, to help plan and coordinate the rebuilding and revitalization of Lower Manhattan, defined as everything south of Houston Street. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio each appoint half of the eight LMDC board members, with the Governor appointing Chairman Joseph Chan.
3. What proposals are being considered by LMDC?
LMDC must allocate $50 million in federal funds for projects south of Houston Street that meet the agency’s selection criteria. Ten projects totaling $59.8 million were presented at the July board meeting, including HPD’s $6 million request for an affordable housing project at 21 Spring. LMDC is accepting additional proposed projects through September 17, 2015. No capital project will receive more than $10 million.
4. Does the project at 21 Spring meet LMDC’s mandatory criteria for funding?
No. The project does not meet the first mandatory criteria for funding, that “the project demonstrates a high level of community interest and support.”
5. Is the proposed project at 21 Spring?
No. This is the address used in the funding proposal. The project would be built on Elizabeth Street Garden, adjacent to 21 Spring.

6. What is the community’s position on Elizabeth Street Garden?
Community Board 2 has held two public hearings and passed two resolutions supporting the permanent preservation of Elizabeth Street Garden as a New York City park and the transfer of jurisdiction over the Garden to the NYC Parks Department.
Read 2015 Resolution.
Read 2014 Resolution.

7. Are there other locations within Community Board 2 where affordable housing could be built?
Yes. Community Board 2 has identified a site within the district that can provide five times more housing than the Elizabeth Street Garden site, without destroying a cherished and needed public green, open space.

For further information, as well as the three-step action plan to Help Save the Garden, please visit
Coming Up in September

Garden Open on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7, Noon – 6 p.m.
Movie Night: "Rear Window" (1954) — Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7:45 p.m.
Living Soil Workshop, in celebration of the International Year of the Soil
Saturday, Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Neighborhood Street Tree Care Event — Sunday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Live Music Sunday Sunday, Sept. 13, 4 – 6 p.m.
Nebulae Botanica: Symphonic Gong Sound Healing Immersion, performed by Paramatma Siri Sadhana Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Live Music Sunday, in coordination with Fourth Annual LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) Harvest Arts Festival — Sunday, Sept. 27, 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Weekly in the Garden
Children's Storytime — Thursdays (NEW DAY) beginning Sept. 10, TBD
Kids' Yoga — Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tai Chi Outdoors With the Chinatown YMCAThursdays, 11 a.m. – Noon
Community Gardening — Saturdays, 10 a.m. – Noon
Meridian Tapping — Sundays, 10 – 11 a.m.
Vinyasa Yoga — Sundays, 11 a.m. – Noon

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

Summer Garden Hours (weather permitting)
Weekends, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fridays, Noon – 6 p.m.
Volunteers 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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