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NY Times: Bellevue Sobriety Garden Saved

  • Subject: [cg] NY Times: Bellevue Sobriety Garden Saved
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 12:01:12 -0400

July 20, 2006
A Garden of Second Chances Gets a Second Chance at Life
The Sobriety Garden, tucked behind Bellevue Hospital Center and tended by
clients of the hospitalbs chemical dependency outpatient program, was
supposed to have been paved over by mid-July to make way for a parking lot.
But the tomato plants still stand. Not a tile on the gardenbs mosaic wall
has been disturbed.
Instead, local politicians joined in the gardenersb protests and officials
at Bellevue Hospital told the group privately early this week that the garden
would not have to relocate.
bWe are developing an alternative plan that will address the parking needs
of the Bellevue staff and as a result will allow us to retain the Sobriety
Garden,b said James N. Saunders, a spokesman for the hospital, in a written
statement released yesterday.
The hospital initially planned to make the garden into a parking lot to recoup
parking spaces lost with the construction of the East River Science Park, a
commercial biotech center to be built next to the hospital.
Construction for the park is to begin this year east of First Avenue between
28th and 29th Streets.
Hospital officials offered Dr. Annatina Miescher, director of the chemical
dependency program and its garden, an alternative space, but they said they
recognized that the new space might not be comparable to the present garden.
Clients who tend the garden were also upset that much of the work they had
accomplished would be lost.
bI thought this would never happen, that our voices would not be heard,b
said Matt Neff, a client of the chemical dependency program who works almost
daily in the garden.
bWhat it means to us, to sobriety, the therapy, the nurturing b it was
really beginning to affect me, that I wasnbt going to see the outcome of all
that nurturing.b
What apparently did the trick, beyond objections from the programbs clients
and staff, was a string of letters issued in support of the garden to Bellevue
officials from a group of leaders, including State Senators Liz Krueger and
Thomas K. Duane, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney and Manhattanbs borough
president, Scott M. Stringer.
bMy general feeling was, in pursuit of parking, we cannot sacrifice
everything,b said Daniel R. Garodnick, a member of the City Council, who
wrote to Lynda D. Curtis, the executive director of Bellevue, and met with
other hospital officials. bI think they heard us very clearly, that we
considered this to be an important space with therapeutic and emotional
Ms. Maloney, a Democrat from Queens, whose office took up the fight, said:
bItbs a small little garden, but the amount of support it generated was
really astonishing. The garden was really much more than a garden to everyone
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