Children’s Magical Garden Advocates on ’24 Hour Garden Watch’ Ahead of Development

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 at 6:09 am by

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Photo: Children’s Magical Garden

The grassroots battle for garden space is heating up big time. All eyes on the Children’s Magical Garden.

Advocates of the Children’s Magical Garden are currently on guard duty. Defending the keep from the imminent development at their doorstep. An “emergency press conference” was called for this morning at 7:30am in order to announce the 24-hour watch.

More on the mission:

Get more information about what’s happening at The Children’s Magical Garden de Carmen Rubio, gardeners are keeping watch all night under the threat of developer starting to build. We need your eyes, ears, and voices to unite! Join us bright and early – coffee and refreshments provided.

As we’ve been reporting, the deep-pocketed Hoirzon Group (also behind 100 Norfolk site) is moving forward with the plan to drop a six-story building beside the beleaguered Children’s Magical Garden. The DOB approved construction permits last month, but quickly put the job on hold. That order has been rescinded, though. So if construction slyly begins in the dead of night – someone will be there…

Meanwhile, the lawsuit brought by garden faithful is still chugging along. We’re told that the defendants – Serge Hoyda and current owner, Horizon Group – are making their motions to dismiss before the court.

Obviously community support, both civic and financial, is needed now more than ever. The HPD already transferred ownership of its two parcels to the garden last year, but to win back the third would be a huge victory for the Lower East Side.

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Cynthia Nixon at Children’s Magical Garden, Photo: The Villager

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