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Fwd: [tb-cybergardens]: FYI Village Voice Artice

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: [tb-cybergardens]: FYI Village Voice Artice
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  • Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 22:16:35 EST

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> Subj: [tb-cybergardens]: FYI Village Voice Artice 
>  Date: 3/2/05 1:14:33 AM Mid-Atlantic Standard Time
>  From: DLogg60798@aol.com
>  Reply-to: cybergardens@treebranch.com
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> 
> 
> 
> News from the tb-cybergardens mailing  list
> -------------------------------------------------
> 
> The Voice did a group of articles on the changing Bowery
> 
> An Elegy for the Bowery
> The Endangered Garden
> AvalonBay makes concessions, but will Liz Christy's trees and plants 
> survive?
> 
> 
> by Danial Adkison
> March 1st, 2005 1:28 PM  write to us    e-mail story
>  printer friendly 
> 
> 
> Liz Christy garden
> photo: Shiho Fukada
> 
> An Elegy for the Bowery: 
> *   The Last Days of Loserville 
> Once home to hustlers, drunks, and bohemians, America's slummiest street has 
> 
> turned into a new millionaire's row 
> By Joy Press
> *   Noise on Music Central 
> From minstrelsy to vaudeville and Monk to punk, never under-estimate urban 
> ugliness 
> By Robert Christgau
> *   Mose Is Back in Town 
> By Toni Schlesinger
> *   The Last of the Mohicans 
> Searching for a place to flop on what was once skid row 
> By Darren Reidy
> For the last 31 years the Liz Christy Garden, at the corner of East Houston 
> Street and the Bowery, has faced drugs, crime, and passersby treating it 
> like a 
> urinal. But no threat has loomed larger than the construction of the Avalon 
> Chrystie Place project, a giant residential-commercial complex springing up 
> next door. In the bad old days, junkies used to come to the rubble-filled 
> lot to 
> score their fix. That changed in 1973 when the activist Liz Christy and a 
> group of friends transformed the blighted corner into the first community 
> garden 
> in New York. They planted trees, flowers, and vegetables and opened their 
> experiment in urban agriculture to the public. Since then the garden has 
> flourished, spawning copycats across the city. Visitors flock to the 
> downtown oasis to 
> sit in the shade of the cherry blossom tree, watch the turtles in the pond, 
> or 
> meditate on the ivy backdrop. 
> 
> The 22 active volunteer gardeners, of which I am one, started planning for 
> the construction of Chrystie Place about three years ago. Now AvalonBay 
> stands 
> poised to demolish the crumbling buildings adjacent to the garden, and the 
> volunteers are struggling to deal with the inevitable: The iconic ivy wall 
> must 
> come down and a nine-story facade will rise in its place. 
> 
> For the moment, the gardeners are just trying to keep bulldozers out of Liz 
> Christy. AvalonBay claims the land disposition agreement it signed with the 
> city in June 2003 allows it to excavate three feet into the garden for the 
> foundation and parking garage. Arborists say that digging into this crucial 
> space 
> may kill decades-old trees, including the blue atlas cedar and flowering 
> cherry. 
> The turtle pond will also be destroyed.   
> 
> AvalonBay counters that respecting the property line would cost the building 
> 
> 700 square feet of retail space and one row of parking, in other words about 
> 
> $3.1 million. But when the gardeners asked an architect to come up with an 
> alternative design, he showed how a tweak to construction plans could keep 
> shovels 
> out of the garden for an added cost of just over $130,000. 
> 
> As other issues have come up, both sides have had to adjust. The volunteers 
> have agreed to close the garden for two years. AvalonBay, in turn, has 
> agreed 
> to use netting instead of a 20-foot sidewalk shed to protect the garden 
> during 
> construction, allowing light and water to reach the plants below. It has 
> also 
> promised to pay for trees and plants damaged during construction (though 
> good 
> luck putting a price tag on a 30-year-old tree). 
> 
> AvalonBay stands to make millions from its 564 market-rate rental units, 
> 150,000 square feet of commercial space, and parking garage. Given these 
> figures, 
> $130,000 doesn't seem like too much to ask to preserve this beloved speck of 
> 
> neighborhood beauty.
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News from the tb-cybergardens mailing  list
-------------------------------------------------

The Voice did a group of articles on the changing Bowery

An Elegy for the Bowery
The Endangered Garden
AvalonBay makes concessions, but will Liz Christy's trees and plants survive?


by Danial Adkison
March 1st, 2005 1:28 PM   write to us     e-mail story
  printer friendly


Liz Christy garden
photo: Shiho Fukada

An Elegy for the Bowery:
*   The Last Days of Loserville
Once home to hustlers, drunks, and bohemians, America's slummiest street has
turned into a new millionaire's row
By Joy Press
*   Noise on Music Central
From minstrelsy to vaudeville and Monk to punk, never under-estimate urban
ugliness
By Robert Christgau
*   Mose Is Back in Town
By Toni Schlesinger
*   The Last of the Mohicans
Searching for a place to flop on what was once skid row
By Darren Reidy
For the last 31 years the Liz Christy Garden, at the corner of East Houston
Street and the Bowery, has faced drugs, crime, and passersby treating it like
a
urinal. But no threat has loomed larger than the construction of the Avalon
Chrystie Place project, a giant residential-commercial complex springing up
next door. In the bad old days, junkies used to come to the rubble-filled lot
to
score their fix. That changed in 1973 when the activist Liz Christy and a
group of friends transformed the blighted corner into the first community
garden
in New York. They planted trees, flowers, and vegetables and opened their
experiment in urban agriculture to the public. Since then the garden has
flourished, spawning copycats across the city. Visitors flock to the downtown
oasis to
sit in the shade of the cherry blossom tree, watch the turtles in the pond, or
meditate on the ivy backdrop.

The 22 active volunteer gardeners, of which I am one, started planning for
the construction of Chrystie Place about three years ago. Now AvalonBay stands
poised to demolish the crumbling buildings adjacent to the garden, and the
volunteers are struggling to deal with the inevitable: The iconic ivy wall
must
come down and a nine-story facade will rise in its place.

For the moment, the gardeners are just trying to keep bulldozers out of Liz
Christy. AvalonBay claims the land disposition agreement it signed with the
city in June 2003 allows it to excavate three feet into the garden for the
foundation and parking garage. Arborists say that digging into this crucial
space
may kill decades-old trees, including the blue atlas cedar and flowering
cherry.
The turtle pond will also be destroyed.

AvalonBay counters that respecting the property line would cost the building
700 square feet of retail space and one row of parking, in other words about
$3.1 million. But when the gardeners asked an architect to come up with an
alternative design, he showed how a tweak to construction plans could keep
shovels
out of the garden for an added cost of just over $130,000.

As other issues have come up, both sides have had to adjust. The volunteers
have agreed to close the garden for two years. AvalonBay, in turn, has agreed
to use netting instead of a 20-foot sidewalk shed to protect the garden during
construction, allowing light and water to reach the plants below. It has also
promised to pay for trees and plants damaged during construction (though good
luck putting a price tag on a 30-year-old tree).

AvalonBay stands to make millions from its 564 market-rate rental units,
150,000 square feet of commercial space, and parking garage. Given these
figures,
$130,000 doesn't seem like too much to ask to preserve this beloved speck of
neighborhood beauty.
-------------------------------------------------
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