Allan Reiver moved to the Little Italy district of New York, New York, in 1989, and after noticing a vacant lot filled with debris and trash, he decided to rent the lot from the city, and created the Elizabeth Street Garden. Allan Reiver had the lot renovated to include several statues and ornate benches, along with a city oasis of trees, flowers, and grass for the neighborhood to enjoy.
The Elizabeth Street Garden features a 20,000 square-foot city lot. In 2012 City Council Member Margaret had the Garden designated as a site for housing as a nontransparent trade for her vote on another project.
“Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden” is a support group of more than 5,000 people who are attempting to stop any attempts by the city to do away with the garden and turn the lot into housing.
Most elected officials including Assembly member Deborah Glick, Senator Hoylman, Democratic Assembly Nominee Yuh-line Niou and New York City Comptroller Stringer have opposed the efforts of the City and Mayor Bill deBlasio
The Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden include a number of local businesses and individuals, including the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, New Yorkers for Parks, and the New York City Community Garden Coalition.