Looking for a really peaceful enclave in Nolita? Then run, don’t walk, to Elizabeth Street Garden. The garden’s future is uncertain, so use its now and help those who are trying to preserve it. The garden is the biggest green space in Nolita and, unsurprisingly, it is under threat of development. Unlike other green spaces, Elizabeth Street Garden is not a city park though the land is city-owned. We hope that it is preserved, because it’s a calm oasis in the middle of busy downtown Manhattan. It also stands out among neighborhood green spaces because of all the statues that are dotted throughout. At first the effect suggests a lack of restraint, but it very quickly feels charmingly quirky.
The garden is obviously well loved and used. There aren’t many chairs or benches, but people make do and have impromptu picnics during their lunch breaks. Some traffic noise intrudes, but it’s more than manageable as the garden runs between Elizabeth to Mott Streets, mid-block. Neither street is heavily trafficked, so there was no honking horns, sirens, or motorcycles during our visit.
Crowded yet calm, Elizabeth Street Garden is definitely worth a visit.
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, weather permitting
Elizabeth Street (betw. Prince and Spring Streets), New York, NY 10012