The Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton and Norfolk is the scene of high drama this morning... workers are there to erect a fence ahead of developer Serge Hoyda's plan to build on a portion of the property... a handful of community activists are on the scene ... as well as city officials, the NYPD, workers and reporters...
We're sorting it all out now...
Read more about the background here at BoweryBoogie ... and The Lo-Down.
Police have cordoned off the area for the workers to put up the fence... there have been several confrontations between community members and a rep for the developer...
Community members and the developer's attorney...
... and a budding community activist...
According people on the scene, workers there to erect the fence are removing plants, etc. ...
Workers have finished erecting the fence around the portion of the land that Hoyda owns...
The Lo-Down just filed a report from the scene that provides a lot more of the background information on this long-standing battle for the garden.
Gothamist has a story here. They note that Councilwoman Margaret Chin's office has called for the removal of the fence. Her statement:
The Children's Magical Garden is a community treasure, and we want to keep it in the neighborhood. We understand that the developer has a permit to build the fence; however, such sudden action is not the best solution and nor the act of a good neighbor, especially since there have been active, ongoing conversations to come to an equitable agreement. We asked the developer not to put up this fence, and now we ask them to take it down.
The garden has been here since 1982.
The Daily News checks in with a piece on today's development.
“We had no idea this was coming,” said Kate Temple-West, president of the Children’s Magical Garden board.
[First video on post via Nicole Turcotte, volunteer from MoRUS. Photos and video via MoRUS]