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How This New York City Community Garden Became the Center of Controversy

The half-acre Elizabeth Street Garden serves as a public green space in one of the city’s most severely underserved neighborhoods in terms of open space. Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Garden

The Elizabeth Street Garden in NoLIta is slated for destruction in a new city plan for affordable housing—and neighbors are fighting back

By Elizabeth Fazzare
Architectural Digest
December 12, 2017

Excerpt:

“This is a false choice; affordable housing cannot come at the expense of green public space,” said New York City comptroller Scott Stringer at a rally in front of City Hall yesterday. Supported by public advocate Letitia James, senator Brian Kavanagh, assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, and Terri Cude, chair of the neighborhood’s community board two, a group of approximately 100 protesters gathered on the steps in response to a recent contract awarded by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, one that plans to redevelop a 20,110-square-foot garden in the NoLIta neighborhood into affordable housing apartments for senior citizens.

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$100,000 To Expand Urban Farm In Binghamton, New York

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To make room for the expansion, the city is using FEMA funds to demolish 13 flood-prone properties around the Tudor Street farm, adding two more acres of land to plant on.

By Amy Hogan
WICZ-TV
Dec 12, 2017

Excerpt:

More fresh food and youth employment opportunities is what $100,000 is buying for Binghamton. The state grant is going to VINEs, a community garden organization that has an urban farm on Tudor Street in the city, where area youth learn about agriculture and other life skills.

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