Garden Supporters to de Blasio: Visit Elizabeth Street Garden, Save Our Garden!
On Monday morning, I got an invite to
go meet with supports of Elizabeth Street Garden.
We were going to meet at Cooper Union
where the mayor was speaking. Our
task, to ask
the mayor, who has said he would, to come visit our garden and
hopefully stop the call
proposal to bulldoze the garden.
With flurries in the air, I rode to
join the other gardeners, who’ve been writing and
lobbying the mayor and
other elected officials to save the garden.
“The city has not gone after gardens
like this since the late 1990s,” I argued chatting
with the other garden
supporters standing with our signs.
“Gayle Brewer’s office says it’s a done
deal,” noted another woman.
“No, this will be a huge PR black eye
for the mayor,” I followed recalling the days
of Esperanza Garden, when the
city went after the legendary East Village Community
Garden in 2000.
“We want to invite him, not scream at
him,” noted another supporter.
Just then the mayor walked by.
We gave him a flyer.
“Come visit the garden!” we
screamed. He kept on walking, not
acknowledging us. Environmental issues seem off his radar. He
It must be exhausting to
sell out the communities he committing to supporting
and working with when
he was elected.
“You promised to be the mayor for all
New Yorkers,” I screamed as he walked
by. Not just developers.
Garden supporters in action.
Invite the Mayor to Visit
Join uson Mondayas we show the Mayor how much
the Garden means to us. Cooper Union Great Hall Monday, Nov 21,10 – 11 a.m. 7 East 7th Street (b/n 3rd & 4th Aves.) Meet at the
Peter Cooper Statue. This is not a protest, but an invitation to the Mayor to visit the
more powerful by your presence!
de Blasio said he would "happily" visit Elizabeth Street
asked by a Garden supporter on the Brian Lehrer Show.
Help us re-extend
the invitation in front of the Great Hall at Cooper
Union where the Mayor is
scheduled to give a major speech at11 a.m.
email me directly if you can attend!
To attend the Mayor's speech,RSVP
Elizabeth Street Garden before they spend time and
proposals for the City. Click hereto Submit a
Let's open the Garden
on Thanksgiving and Christmas!
In town for the holidays? Interested in volunteering an
hour of your time? Click hereto sign up between11:00am and 4:00pm
Many of us need a breath of fresh air during what can be a
stressful time of year.
A long time activist and social worker, Benjamin Shepard’s scholarship is based on the ethnographic study of social services and social movements. He has worked on campaigns around public space, including community gardens, bike lanes, and public welfare issues ranging from education to AIDS services. For more info or to contact him visit:
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