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Save Jan. 20:
HPD to Present Development Plan That Destroys the Garden

New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will present to Manhattan Community Board 2's Parks and Waterfront Committee the current plan to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for development that will destroy Elizabeth Street Garden.

We need Garden supporters to show HPD that the local neighborhood community favors saving the Garden and opposes any RFP plans. Let's attend this presentation in force and make our voices heard:

HPD Presentation of Development Plan That Destroys the Garden —
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Scholastic Auditorium
557 Broadway (between Prince and Spring streets)
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Our community has consistently expressed its intention to keep Elizabeth Street Garden a public green, open space in its entirety in perpetuity. Our efforts have paid off. Our involvement and commitment have protected the Garden from destruction and attracted the support of elected officials. Counter to the community’s wishes, however, HPD plans to issue an RFP to interested developers, considered a next step toward construction.

Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden needs your help to stop this process from moving forward. If HPD were to issue an RFP, the fight to save this precious public green, open space would become much more difficult.

It is imperative that we continue to express our opposition to the destruction of the Garden. Additional details will follow in the new year regarding the meeting and steps we all can take to demonstrate our opposition to the RFP plans.

YOU Made It All Possible

In 2015, Garden volunteers and supporters:
  • Opened Elizabeth Street Garden year-round, and for more than 40 hours a week during the warm-weather months, entirely with volunteer power;
  • Programmed more than 175 free, public activities and events, including movie nights, live music concerts, wellness classes and gardening; and
  • Opposed Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's (LMDC) funding for development that would destroy the Garden, writing more than 1,500 letters of support and attending the Sept. 17 hearing more than 250-strong.
Please help sustain Elizabeth Street Garden through 2016 and consider making a generous, tax-deductible contribution by Dec. 31. Your support now will allow us to continue funding efforts to save the Garden from potential development and plan educational, cultural and wellness programming for next season.

Thank you for both your support and being part of our Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden community. Best wishes for the new year and please tell everyone you can about your commitment:
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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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Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden
235 Elizabeth St., Ste. 23
New York, NY 10012

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