Volume 80, Number 7 | September 23 - 29, 2010
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
From left: Bill Castro, Manhattan borough Parks Department commissioner; former Councilmember Alan Gerson, Tobi Bergman, Community Board 2 Parks Committee chairperson; Assemblymember Deborah Glick; Lawrence B. Goldberg, president of Friends of LaGuardia Place; Councilmember Margaret Chin; Lori Ardito, Department of Transportation Manhattan deputy borough commissioner; Alexis Goldberg, and Borough President Scott Stringer.
Enter the dragon: Ground is broken for a new playground
On Wed., Sept. 15, local community members, elected officials, the city Transportation and Parks departments, business owners and New York University representatives gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for Adrienne’s Garden within LaGuardia Gardens, on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and W. Third Sts.
Lawrence B. Goldberg, president of Friends of LaGuardia Place, dedicated the groundbreaking ceremony to the memory of his late wife, Adrienne Goldberg, a longtime Village community member, activist and artist. Adrienne Goldberg began the initiative for the garden four years ago in hopes of creating a safe playground for neighborhood children and families. Upon its completion, the park will feature a large dragon statue for children to play on and benches for parents and caregivers.
Lawrence Goldberg opened the ceremony by saying, “It is with joy and enthusiasm that we bring a new park to our community.”
The group, including Alexis, daughter of Lawrence and Adrienne, concluded the ceremony by breaking ground and planting the first bush at the site. Construction is set to start later this year.