Elizabeth Street Garden, in the heart of New York City, is a unique public green, open space, located in Nolita (Little Italy). The space is on the land of an old torn down elementary school. Since the early 90’s the Elizabeth Street Gallery rented the lot and maintained the gardens upkeep on a month-to-month basis. The Elizabeth Street Gallery left many antique sculptures in the garden even after the space began accepting public visitors, in June 2013. Once the garden was discovered to be public land, the neighborhood group Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden, made sure that the garden belonged to everyone.
The space is still vulnerable to development, so here are a few ways you can help it flourish:
- Roll up your sleeves and join as a new volunteer.
- Tell your friends about the Garden, and encourage them to visit.
- If you own a business in the neighborhood, consider sponsoring an event.
- If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution, send a check made out to Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden Inc. to Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden, 235 Elizabeth St., Ste. 23, New York, NY 10012.
- Most of all, remember to stop by often, and enjoy the Garden!
Plus the Elizabeth Street Garden has tons of weekly activities like movie nights, live music, Tai Chi, Kids Yoga & story time, a whole list can be found at their webpage Elizabeth Street Garden.
lilStrange and I enjoyed exploring the garden on a sunny summer afternoon, we even picked some wild strawberries to eat.
lilStrange kept searching for the key to unlock this antique gate.The Elizabeth Street garden is really easy to find if you know what you are looking for, here is a map to the exact location.
The garden is open-
Weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday Noon to 6 p.m.
Whether you visit once a week or once a year, the Garden will be richer for your participation.