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El Jardin del Paraiso

Information about this lot

There are 12 lots grouped here:
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 10 (704 EAST 5 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 12 (706 E 5 ST). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 13 (708 EAST 5 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 14 (710 EAST 5 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 15 (712 EAST 5 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 16 (14 EAST 5 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 17 (716 EAST 5 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 18 (718 EAST 5 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 59 (321 EAST 4 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 60 (315-19 EAST 4 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 62 (315-13 EAST 4 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 374, lot 64 (311 EAST 4 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
Known Use: community garden
Address: 704 EAST 5 STREET, Manhattan, 10009
Area: 0.69 acres (29858 square feet)
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 2 represented by Rosie Mendez
Community District Manhattan 3 ( info@cb3manhattan.org / 212-533-5300 ), district manager: Susan Stetzer
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 garden.
  • In MapPLUTO the city lists this lot's landuse as vacant.
  • In MapPLUTO the city lists this lot's building class as vacant.

News feed

June 27, 2015, 9:37 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

We just did an oral history project that included the history of El Jardin, Listen here: http://596acres.org/news/2015/05/30/what-do-we-do-with-our-land-an-annotating-community-land-stewardship-on-the-lower-east-side-for-the-new-museum-ideas-city-festival/

El Jardin Del Paraiso, situated between E 4th and 5th Streets and Avenues C and D in the Lower East Side, was created as a green space by local residents in 1981 out of series of abandoned lots, some owned by the City and some owned by private entities. Homesteaders, gardeners, artists, religious leaders, the Junior League, and the principal of P.S. 15, worked together to advocate for the expansion and preservation of the garden as a permanent park. The group convinced the City that El Jardin was perfectly situated to become a new park for the Lower East Side in a part of the neighborhood badly served by the existing green spaces. The city condemned three adjacent privately owned lots that formerly divided the space during the 1990s using eminent domain, making the park whole.

The lots that El Jardin is on were transferred to the jurisdiction of the Parks Department in 1999 but have not yet been officially mapped as parkland; they also have buildable floor area and are zoned as residential land (R8B). The buildable area could be transferred as development rights to be used elsewhere or eliminated if the City officially maps El Jardin as parkland. Today, El Jardin Del Paraiso provides recreational green space for a diverse community to gather, and hosts a broad program of educational and garden events. In 2012, the park joined the neighborhood coalition LUNGS (Lower East Side Neighborhood Gardens), urging the city to officially create a Community Garden District in the Lower East Side and permanently preserve the remaining gardens in neighborhood.