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Judge Denies Developers’ Motion to Dismiss in Children’s Magical Garden Lawsuit

Posted November 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

​There’s some positive pre-holiday news coming from the Children’s Magical Garden. The ongoing lawsuit against developers regarding a third of the parkland – first levied last year – is moving forward. A motion to dismiss by the defendant was denied. First, though, a quick recap of the situation on the ground. Since 1985, the Children’s […]

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Children’s Magical Garden Seeks Last-Minute Funding for Youth Mentorship Project

Posted June 19, 2014 at 6:05 am

While still embroiled in legal proceedings over the remaining parcel, the Children’s Magical Garden is pushing forward with its programming. For the last few weeks, advocates have been crowdsourcing to help fund their new youth mentoring project. In this case, it’s a free organic gardening program run by two young women who grew up in […]

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On 24-Hour Watch at the Children’s Magical Garden

Posted May 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

Just call it “Occupy CMG,” but replace Zucotti with Children’s Magical Garden. Vocal advocates of the local greenspace on Stanton Street remain hunkered down, having pitched tent and tarp. It’s a makeshift activist campsite for round-the-clock community surveillance. As we first reported last week, garden faithful planted themselves here to keep a watchful eye on […]

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

Last modified May 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm

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 […]

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DOB Puts Childrens Magical Garden Development Permits on Hold; Fundraiser Planned for Tomorrow

Posted May 9, 2014 at 6:10 am

Plans to construct the six-story residential building on one-third of the Children’s Magical Garden are apparently at a standstill. The DOB approved the proposal last month, but the construction permit in their database now indicates that the job is on hold. Meanwhile, the lawsuit brought by garden advocates is still chugging along. We’re told that […]

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DOB Approves Permits for 6-Story Residential Building on Children’s Magical Garden

Last modified April 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

It obviously didn’t matter that a lawsuit is currently underway against the Horizon Group. The deep-pocketed developer (also behind 100 Norfolk site) is moving forward with the plan to drop a six-story building beside the beleaguered Children’s Magical Garden. And the DOB is apparently on board. The city agency approved construction permits and zoning documents […]

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Children’s Magical Garden Sues Developers to Seize Remaining Parcel at 157 Norfolk Street

Posted March 11, 2014 at 6:11 am

Nearly a year after the HPD delivered its parcels to the beleaguered Children’s Magical Garden, the green-thumbed members collectively filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court asking to be declared owners of the one non-city-owned parcel – 157 Norfolk Street. The paperwork was submitted to the city yesterday, and also seeks an unspecified amount in […]

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Report: Children’s Magical Garden Sold to Developer of Cantilevered Condos at 100 Norfolk

Posted December 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

Advocates of the Children’s Magical Garden revealed some unsettling news last week. Apparently developer Serge Hoyda, owner of the 157 Norfolk Street plot, sold his property to a mystery buyer. However, Sarah Ferguson at The Villager uncovered a lead linking the Horizon Group as the lucky new owner. In case that name doesn’t ring a […]

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Developer Serge Hoyda Files Permits to Construct 6-Story Building on Children’s Magical Garden

Posted December 2, 2013 at 6:09 am

In case you missed this during the holiday week… Developer Serge Hoyda is proceeding with plans to construct residential living on one-third of the Children’s Magical Garden. Permits were filed with the Department of Buildings in mid-November for a six-story (70 feet) structure at the address 157 Norfolk Street. The completed project will apparently sport […]

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Neighborhood Youth Rally Against Children’s Magical Garden Fence

Posted May 17, 2013 at 6:49 am

In which the community continues to rally against developer Serge Hoyda’s controversial fence now dividing the Children’s Magical Garden. Local volunteers organized the neighborhood youth yesterday afternoon to relay the message of opposition to City Hall. Children painted banners and signs to hang from the garden perimeter. Members of the dedicated Facebook group documented the […]

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