The Lower East Side's Siempre Verde Garden received some long-awaited good news today. Control of the L-shaped community garden will be transferred from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to the Parks Department, putting it safe out of the reach of developers, The Low Down reports. The three-parcel garden on the block bounded by Stanton, Attorney, Rivington, and Clinton streets narrowly escaped the clutches of developer William Gottlieb Real Estate, which last year proposed building a 16-apartment building with three units of affordable housing on two of the adjacent parcels occupied by the community garden. Siempre Verde has been operating under a temporary GreenThumb permit since 2012.
The garden's transfer comes after months of hearings in front of Manhattan Community Board 3 and HPD. Garden advocacy group 596 Acres announced the transfer of Siempre Verde along with dozens of other community gardens throughout the city in a blog post on Wednesday. The deputy director of GreenThumb confirmed the garden's transfer in a private email, according to The Low Down.
· Advocacy Group Says Siempre Verde Community Garden Has Won Permanent Protection [TLD]
· Gardens Being Transferring to NYC Parks! [596 Acres]
· LES Board Votes to Save Garden, Reject New Development [Curbed]
· Loved Lower East Side Garden May Not Be Doomed After All [Curbed]
· All Siempre Verde Garden coverage [Curbed]