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Elizabeth Street Garden

Information about this lot

Known Use: community green space
Address: SPRING STREET, Manhattan, 10012
Area: 0.46 acres (20110 square feet)
Block and Lot: Manhattan, block 493, lot 30
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 1 represented by Margaret S. Chin
Community District Manhattan 2 ( / 212-979-2272 ), district manager: Bob Gormley
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

We posted this lot because:

  • The lot is being used as a community green space.
  • In MapPLUTO the city lists this lot's landuse as vacant.
  • In MapPLUTO the city lists this lot's building class as vacant.

Government Agency

New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (public)


This land is being stewarded by the following group:

Elizabeth Street Garden Inc (ESG) is an independent, community lead, 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization. We are committed to exploring every option available to preserve and protect the Garden and save our much needed Community green space in Little Italy. United by the desire to change the way we save the garden, former members of the Garden’s previous organization, active garden volunteers, and advocates for community gardens came together and formed ESG.

News feed

Dec. 15, 2017, 2:16 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said


Elizabeth Street Garden will be demolished for 121 affordable ...
Curbed NY-Dec 8, 2017: Plans to replace the Elizabeth Street Garden with a senior affordable housing development are officially moving forward. On Friday morning, the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development and Housing Development Corporation jointly announced the proposal for a seven-story building ...

Elizabeth Street Garden will be Bulldozed and Redeveloped by ...
Bowery Boogie-Dec 8, 2017

City will replace Nolita's Elizabeth Street Garden with 121 affordable ...
6Sqft (blog)-Dec 8, 2017

Elizabeth housing plan unveiled; Garden group set to sue
The Villager-Dec 8, 2017

City advances plans to locate affordable housing in community garden
NY1-Dec 8, 2017 (video)

City Moves Forward With Senior Housing Plan at the Elizabeth ...
Local Source-The Lo-Down-Dec 8, 2017

Protesters Gather at City Hall to Preserve Elizabeth Street Garden
NYU Local-Dec 12, 2017
Nearly 100 community members and supporters of the Elizabeth Street Garden gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday afternoon to protest the city's move to demolish the garden to build affordable housing. A development plan for the garden was selected Thursday night and residents, including ...

Supporters, Opponents of Elizabeth Street Garden Housing Plan ...
The Lo-Down-Dec 11, 2017
Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden will be holding a rally today at 1 p.m. at City Hall. Then, tomorrow at 2 p.m., Council member Chin and affordable housing advocates, will stage a rally of their own at City Hall. The proposal must be approved by the City Council through the ULURP process, but the Council ...

Elected Officials Come out Against Redevelopment of Elizabeth ...
Bowery Boogie-Dec 11, 2017
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract last Friday for an affordable housing project atop the Elizabeth Street Garden. All but a death sentence for the open space. The proposed building – developed by Penrose Development – will rise seven stories and carry 121 ...

In the News: Goodbye, Elizabeth Street Garden
Tribeca Citizen-Dec 11, 2017

Project to convert Nolita garden into low-cost housing going forward ...
New York Daily News-Dec 7, 2017
The city plans to move ahead with plans for affordable housing for seniors on the site of the Elizabeth Street Garden in Nolita. The project calls for 121 units of residences with 7,600 square feet of open space. “I think it's a win-win situation for all of us, because we are now getting a lot of units — 121 units of ...

Chin, Seniors Back Affordable Housing Plan In Soho 13, 2017
Chin, who represents the neighborhood in City Council, has long supported a plan that would convert the Elizabeth Street Garden into a 121-unit housing complex for low- and fixed-income seniors, while maintaining a part of the property as a public garden. The plan has been a controversial one in the ...

How Roya Sullivan, Designer of Macy's Holiday Windows, Spends ...
New York Times-7 hours ago
SOLITUDE On my way back home, I stop at Elizabeth Street Garden, which has beautiful sculptures. It's a hidden gem in the city, and I go no matter what season it is. I get a cup of Earl Grey from a cafe nearby and sit there for at least an hour enjoying the setting and also reading. I love both fiction and ...

The Week Ahead in New York Politics, December 11
Gotham Gazette-Dec 10, 2017
At 1pm Monday at City Hall, there will be a protest against the city's plans to redevelop the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city's plan, backed by local Council Member Margaret Chin, includes senior affordable housing and park/garden space, but Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden and a variety of other ...

Penrose Development
Bowery Boogie-Dec 8, 2017
Now that election season is over, there is finally movement toward the controversial destruction and redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city will apparently announce today that it's chosen the developer to carry out this task. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development ...

March 16, 2016, 12:39 a.m.
Jeannine Kiely posted
More Pictures of Elizabeth Street Garden
More Pictures of Elizabeth Street Garden Here are more pictures of the Garden.
June 27, 2015, 9:42 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

We just did an oral history project that includes the history of the Elizabeth Street Garden and lots of garden voices. Listen here:

Elizabeth Street Garden is the only green oasis in the Little Italy and SoHo neighborhood. The Garden, open to the public by volunteers, provides a beautiful sanctuary for local residents and workers. The site was transformed from a derelict lot into a garden in 1991 when Elizabeth Street Gallery leased the site from the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

In June 2013, neighbors came together to preserve the Garden permanently as a unique public green, open space. The community learned the Garden resides on city-owned land and in conjunction with the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area rezoning, the City committed to build housing on the site. In 2014, Community Board 2 passed a resolution supporting the permanent preservation of the Garden, in its entirety, as a NYC Park.

Since then, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden has grown a volunteer base of nearly 400 people, established a nonprofit corporation, staffed and opened the Garden to the public year round and programmed more than 150 free public events—including gardening and educational programming for adults and children, wellness programming such as yoga, tai chi and meridian tapping, and an annual Harvest Festival attended by more than 2,000 neighbors.

Currently, the Garden has no protections as an official NYC park, garden or open space. The City can recognize its importance and protect it by transferring the land to the Parks Department. What can you do? Volunteer ONE hour a month to keep the Garden open for all! Email