Corner of Norfolk & Stanton Streets
Children's Magical Garden - Helping kids and the community grow
Justice For Our Community
On Monday, March 10, 2014, the Children’s Magical Garden filed a lawsuit against the developers in New York State Supreme Court. We are seeking (i) a declaratory judgment from the court declaring that the Children’s Magical Garden is the lawful owner of the disputed portion of the Garden; (ii) an injunction to stop the developers from intruding on the Garden; and (iii) to recover damages from developers for trampling, destroying, and digging up the Garden’s cultivations and improvements and for their continuing trespass that, to this day, prevents the Garden from accessing its property. We look forward to bringing these claim before the court, and to the day when this portion of the land is returned to its rightful place as part of the Children’s Magical Garden.
Children's Magical Garden (CMG) has been continuously for over 30 years tending and providing food, education and soul-nourishment to our neighborhood’s children and people of all ages. In May 2013 developer Serge Hoyda, who erroneously claims a section of our garden (Lot 19), aggressively tore the garden in two by putting up a fence in the middle. Newly arrived to this country ESL Lower East Side Prep high school students across the street had lovingly put in their new annual vegetable seedlings. The community was outraged, and many children from Marta Valle, School for Global Leaders, and Lower East Side Prep could see the destruction from the windows of their school building and were in tears. CMG gardeners remained calm and asked to talk with the developer, who refused.