Update on LaGuardia Corner Gardens Case

by NYCCGC on October 15, 2014

Reposted from Ellen Horan:

Dear Gardeners and Garden Coalition members,

This is not over.

There was ruling today on the NYU case called ‘Glick v. Harvey’ (see here). Just to make clear to you, (and to my best understanding), this is only the “First Department” in the appeals process, where a panel looks at the legal points, and weighs in on the original ruling by Judge Mills. They did not agree with Judge Mills ruling that the lands were  ’alienated” parks according to the Public Trust Doctrine. However this was not the “Appeal.”
The real ‘appeal’ is the next step at the level of the ’State Court of Appeals.”  Our lawyers at Gibson Dunn had prepared the Village plaintiffs that this was a first step, and have said they are prepared to carry this all the way through. However, unfortunately, this ‘First Department’ panel ruling puts the burden of the ‘costs’ of the Appeal on us. (since the panel did  not agree with the original ruling).
What I am not sure of is the timeline — whether NYU can begin construction before the full appeal process is finalized. So far there has been an injunction against construction.
I hope all of you will understand the importance of fundraising to help Gibson Dunn supplement the already significant legal costs going forward.
And also help in getting the word out — it has been very hard to get the public to understand what is at stake. Gardens, green space, parks, community sovereignty, and ecological issues all come into play.
An Appeal at the State Appeals Court may be positive for our side, since the Public Trust Doctrine is a State Law, and that higher court may be impartial in ruling against NYC/NYU allowing green spaces and parks falling to  developers, based on city ‘rules’ rather than the State law.
I hope all of you will think hard about how to help and communicate going forward in an effective community and parks/garden based publicity effort.
There will a meeting about this on Nov 6th – I’ll keep you posted.
Best, Ellen


This Saturday, October 18, More Gardens & HONK NYC is presenting the East Village Cavalcade for Community Gardens from 2-6pm. 

HONK is an international activist brass band extravaganza and for the third collaborative year with More Gardens! they are marching through to the Lower East Side to highlight preservation and self-governance of community gardens worldwide.

Bring family & loved ones; it’s going to be a special day.

Wear your greenest clothes, turn into a bright red tomato or a beaming sunflower. Bring a banner, sign and your dancing feet.

Three brass bands will march from three different community gardens en route to Tompkins Square.
Cavalcade  # 1 will begin at Oasis community garden (map 37 E 8th Street) be there by 2:00 pm;
Cavalcade #2 will start at El Jardin del Paraiso (map 704 E 5th Street) be there by3:30pm and

Cavalcade #3 will begin at Children’s Magical Garden (map 129 Stanton St.) be there by 4pm.
These international bands will cavalcade to various community gardens with you and converge at Tompkins Square Park for a finale to behold.

Come early for banner making and face painting at 11 am at Children’s Magical Garden,  (map 129 Stanton St.)

If your garden would like to host additional bands contact Aresh ataresh@moregardens.org917-518-9987.

All greening groups and neighborhood organizations are invited to participate and table at Tompkins Square. Please Call Aresh at 917-518-9987 to confirm or just bring your table. This is a continuation of the Climate Change March, support Mother Earth and celebrate our community gardens! United we Grow!



October General Meeting


It’s been quite a month! The People’s Climate March was a great success. We were inspired by the vastness of the issues brought together under fighting climate change, meeting passionate fellow New Yorkers as well as folks from all across the country. Let’s keep up the momentum! October General Meeting WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm [...]

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GENERAL MEETING September’s general meeting will take place at Phoenix Community Garden in Brownsville, Brooklyn. WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 6:30PM WHERE: Phoenix Community Garden, 2037 Fulton Street The agenda will cover updates about citywide community garden issues, the Peoples’ Climate March, and general meet and greet for community gardeners. We hope to see you there! PEOPLE’S [...]

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Harlem Green: 9th Annual Tour of Harlem Community Gardens


For Immediate Release: July 26, 2014   HARLEM GREEN, 9th ANNUAL TOUR OF HARLEM COMMUNITY GARDENS—FREE! Come see outstanding vegetables, unique herbs, fruit, gazebos, hoop houses, grape arbors, ponds, highly-developed composting systems and more in this sampling of Harlem’s Community Gardens on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 (RAIN DATE,Sunday, August 31ST),10 AM-5 PM. Contact: 212.662.2878 On Saturday, August [...]

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August General Meeting: 8/21, 6:30pm


This month’s general meeting will take place in Harlem. We hope to see you there! WHERE: Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden Saint Nicholas Avenue between West 117th and 118th Streets in Harlem, Manhattan – see map. WHEN: Thursday, August 21, 6:30pm NYCCGC general meetings are a great place to meet and network with fellow community gardeners. [...]

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July General Meeting: 7/17, 6:30pm


Please join us for our July General Meeting, to be held in two locations on Thursday, July 17, at 6:30pm. During the summer months, NYCCGC follows our tradition of meeting outside in the gardens. General meetings are a great way to see different gardens and meet fellow gardeners around the city, hear about community garden-related issues, [...]

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Boardwalk Community Garden Lawsuit Update


On Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, NYCCGC joined together with a coalition of Coney Island residents and community gardeners to pack Kings County Supreme Court, in support of our lawsuit against the City’s decision to approve and fund a $53 million outdoor amphitheater on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Our court appearance yielded mixed results.  We are [...]

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MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK: Over 1,300 free concerts in a single day! Saturday, June 21, 2014 Karen Kandrac  2:50pm Jun 19 Including Community Gardens and Parks /Loisaida, East Village, Lower East Side Check website for details - http://makemusicny.org/summer-schedule/ * Dias y Flores Garden, 520 E. 13th St * Campos Garden, 628 E. 12th St * Green Oasis Community Garden, [...]

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Upcoming General Meetings


Please join us at our monthly general meetings this summer! We meet every third Thursday, and during the summer, we follow our tradition of meeting in the gardens. General meetings are a great space to hear from fellow gardeners, get news about garden issues and events around the city, and more. JUNE Thursday, June 19, [...]

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