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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.


On March 5, 2019 ESG filed a lawsuit against the City of New York and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) challenging their actions regarding environmental quality review of the proposal to destroy and develop Elizabeth Street Garden

Click here for the elizabeth street garden legal papers

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The Garden is not yet saved! Consider making a tax-deductible donation towards funding our legal defense fund, PR, garden maintenance & operations, and running free programming for the community!

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Elizabeth Street Garden

2017 Annual Report


December 8, 2017

UPDATE: A Developer is chosen but THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER. 

Today the city announced their chosen developer under the continued efforts of the Mayor and Councilmember Margaret Chin Chin to destroy Elizabeth Street Garden.  Read the article | Read the RFP

We will continue to pursue all options including Elizabeth Street Garden’s (ESG) legal action.  We urge the public not to be deceived by the fancy developer renderings and to see the truth of the matter; that the administration, the Mayor and Councilmember Margaret Chin have continuously ignored our Community’s outcry.  

They have ignored the thousands of letters and signatures in support of protecting & preserving the Garden in its entirety, they have ignored CB2’s 4 resolutions, and they have ignored a true win-win outcome - where they could build more affordable housing on the alternative sites provided by our community. 

The bottom line is that the destruction of Elizabeth Street Garden will be absolutely devastating to this neighborhood and our community.   No matter how the City sugar coats their plans, they are yet again, taking away a public community treasure.  From the beginning, the City’s process of designating the Garden as a site for affordable housing was not transparent. With the community identifying alternative sites, we do not need to pit affordable housing and real public green space against one another.


Donate now to help us protect and preserve the Garden we love. All proceeds donated to ESG go directly towards Our Legal defense fund, pr, and garden maintenance & operations. The time is now. 

Can't get enough of the Magic of Elizabeth Street Garden? Want to help ESG protect and preserve this beloved community green space? Click the button to sign up! 

Garden hours & weather

Open Year-round. Summer Hours:

Weekdays: Noon - 6 p.m., Weekends: 10 - 6 p.m. 

weather permitting and RealFeel > 45°F

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 The Garden is growing...

About Us

Elizabeth Street Garden (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.

Want the whole story?

 check out this article in The Villager