Save our Garden, write the mayor!
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Please Write Mayor de Blasio to Save Our Garden

Today would be community activist Jane Jacobs's 100th birthday. Her unyielding grassroots organizing helped save New York City's beloved parks and neighborhoods from development.

In Jane Jacob's spirit, write Mayor de Blasio and tell him that you oppose the City’s plan to issue a Request for Proposal to developers to build affordable housing that would destroy Elizabeth Street Garden:
  1. Write the Mayor.
  2. Forward this letter link to your neighbors and friends and ask them to write a letter too.
  3. Share on social media both your opposition to the City’s plan and your favorite moments at the Garden. Use #elizabethstreetgarden and #ESGSaveOurGarden.
Thanks to the hundreds of supporters who have already sent letters to the mayor!

Great Grant News

Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden received a third consecutive Neighborhood Grant from Citizens Committee for New York City to support our season-long activities and events. Thank you Citizens Committee. Our outdoor community programming is vital to the health of our neighborhood.

Saturday Events in the Garden, All Public & Free

Chinatown: A Walk Through History, with the 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
Uncover the History of One of New York City’s Oldest Neighborhoods
This walking tour examines how everyday buildings, public and commercial places, and streets have shaped the community from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City.

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

Composting in the City Workshop, with the NYC Compost Project hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center — Saturday, May 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week
Learn how to convert your yard waste and kitchen scraps into a rich, organic fertilizer in this hands-on workshop. The basics of composting will be discussed along with issues specific to composting in New York City. Register for the workshop.

LES Stories: Community Chalking, in celebration of Lower East Side History History Month — Saturday, May 7, All Day.
Chalk Around the Garden
LES Stories is a community chalking event in which everyone can chalk fun historical facts and nuggets of information on the sidewalks of the Lower East Side.

Coming Up in 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.

Puppet Show, with NYC Kids ProjectSaturday, May 21, 1:30 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: Earth Day Tree Planting and More

Earth Day Tree Planting

Thanks to Garden volunteer Ilaria Fusina, her family and everyone who came out on Earth Day to plant a tree for the planet. After the hard work was done, kids made refreshing lemonade to share with thirsty Garden visitors.

A special thank you to street-artist London Kaye who crocheted our planetary system on the Elizabeth Street fence. Her installation was beautiful and provocative on the day that more than one billion people in 192 countries around the globe took action to protect our shared environment.
Wednesdays Kids' Yoga
Seed Planting Workshop With Parents of Local P.S. 1 Students
Pathways Children's Services Students' Garden Visit
Community Spaces in Jeopardy Ride, With 596 Acres and Public Space Party
Additional Neighborhood Park Events

Kids' Learn to Bike at Mercer Playground, hosted by Bleecker Area Merchants' & Residents' Association and Lower Manhattan Neighbors Organization with Bike New York  Saturday, May 14, Noon – 2 p.m.
Please register in advance.
Garden Hours Daily

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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