Elizabeth Street Garden 

Elizabeth Street Garden (ESG) is an independent, community lead, 501(c)(3) not-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.

ESG filed their nonprofit Certificate of Incorporation with New York State in October 2016.   On January 26 2017, Elizabeth Street Garden Inc. received federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS. 



Our Mission:

Our Mission: To protect & preserve the magic of Elizabeth Street Garden as a public community green space and to determine how NYC Parks & Recreation together with the community can protect this space for generations to enjoy.


The board of directors comprises five voting members.

Renee Green

  • Elected mayor of Livingston, New Jersey, in 2006.

  • Elected to Livingston Town Council from 2003 to 2006.

  • Former Livingston town clerk from 1976 to 2001.

  • Active in community affairs since moving to Livingston in 1958.

  • Retired to Little Italy in 2007 in home purchased in 1985.

  • Former board member of Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden.

Joseph Reiver

  • Initial organizer of efforts to preserve Elizabeth Street Garden.

  • Initial organizer of programing for Elizabeth Street Garden including on-going program curator for Live Music Sunday events, and Movie Nights.

  • Initial organizer and former core volunteer for Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden.

  • General manager/caretaker of Elizabeth Street Garden.

  • Born and raised New Yorker and long-term resident of Little Italy.

Poppy king

  • Entrepreneur in the beauty world who designs, ideates, markets and sells lipsticks.

  • Moved to NYC from Melbourne Australia in 2002 and has been living in the Elizabeth St Garden neighborhood for 15 years now.

  • Published author, renowned speaker and active community member.

  • Initial volunteer for Elizabeth Street Garden

Simon Roberts

  • Founder of ALLOTT, accelerators of urban agriculture

  • Farmhand at North Brooklyn Farms, Advocate at Maker Park and Member of Peace Accelerators

  • Founded Rooftop Cinema Hong Kong and Positive Posters

  • Former board member of ChangeFood

  • Currently writing a children's book called 'The Dalai Fama'

  • Born in Australia. Raised in Hong Kong. Growing in New York.

April Valencia

  • Artist & Photographer 

  • Founder of nonprofit children’s art school in Mexico.

  • Founder of JOSEPHINA. (A taco concept in Brooklyn, working with small farms in Mexico and New York)

  • Special Events with Elizabeth Street Garden

  • Born in Arizona. Based in New York for 9 years

For more info on the history of Elizabeth Street Garden and our community’s efforts, please visit our introduction and historical timeline page here:

Elizabeth Street Garden History