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Liz P
33 E. First Street
(Lower East Side)
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the project

Help us replace our lost roses, and fund our 6th season of arts programming in First Park. First Street Green (FSG) works with community organizations and cultural institutions to provide arts and ideas programming. Electric Djinn will present an all electronic line up at the Make Music New York's Summer Solstice Celebration, Tuesday, June 21st from 4pm - 8pm!

Since 2008, FSG has converted a derelict building lot at 33 E. 1st Street in Manhattan into an open art space serving the Lower East Side community. Collaborating with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), FSG has successfully incorporated the lot into First Park, providing ongoing cultural activity by engaging with community and cultural groups, artists, designers, and architects, to produce sculptures, murals, dance, theatrical and music performances, film projections, conferences, workshops, temporary structures, and installations. FSG’s goal of making an art park was achieved through the DPR hosting of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in 2011, which fast-tracked our plans by providing a plaza. During the Lab, our series of “What’s Next” workshops and visioning exercises told us the community wanted arts and ideas programming. FSG has won grants from BMW, the Citizen’s Committee for NYC, Partnership for Parks, and Penn State’s Institute for Arts and Humanities, School of Visual Art, and College of Arts and Architecture. As we enter our 5th season, with your generosity and support, we will continue to bring sculptures, murals, exciting cultural programs, and roses to the community.

the steps

Purchase and replace lost rose bushes.

Pay insurance that covers all programming and sculptures.

Purchase equipment to facilitate programs.

Produce and publicize programing in collaboration with community groups.

why we're doing it

FSG builds community through the arts. We promote environmental stewardship through our care of the park. Last August, when our roses were dying from the draught, we sought advice from our neighbor, Liz Christy Community Garden, and put in an irrigation system. When the green thumb community garden on First Street needed a new fence, FSG contributed $500. We have turned blight into beauty, and serve the needs of individual park users and local organizations.

The lot was a terrible health and safety problem when we began to work for change in 2008. With hundreds of burrows breaking through the pavement, it became so unsafe that the city insisted it be kept locked. The advent of new luxury buildings and high-end businesses nearby disrupted the rat population, pushing many of them into this small lot.

Its location across from Sara Delano Roosevelt Park and adjacent to a strip of undeveloped DPR-owned land, which connects with First Park on the other end of the block, and its proximity to many community and cultural assets that already exist in the area (Fourth Arts Block [FAB-nyc], the New Museum, and many Lower East Side art galleries, music venues, and theaters), gave it great potential as a community space that would attract an audience for cultural programming, with high use and visibility.

We listen to the community. During our visioning workshops, we saw that arts and ideas programming is valued. Our most active members and collaborators are in the arts. An art park was a missing piece in the First Park footprint. FSG is an all-volunteer organization. We encourage ongoing community participation in programming and gardening, and welcome new volunteers.


Capital Expenditures (One-time cost) Replace 50 Rose Bushes:

$35 x 50: $1,750


Administrative Expenditures

Event and Sculpture Insurance $2,500 per year.


Programming Expenditures (Seasonal)

Event Refreshments:

Refreshments for free public events (art receptions, performances, installations, seminars, workshops, block party, etc.) $1000 [We ask local merchants to donate food and drink (Mudd Hut, Lower East Side Girls Club Bakery, Joe Doe, Prune, Tuck Shop, and Juicy Lucy have donated to our events in the past.]

Promotional Expenditures (Seasonal)

Printing tri-fold double-sided brochures, postcards $450

Printing fliers, posters, and invitations for public events $1200

Office Supplies $500

Expenses for Interns: $1,000



Capital Expenditures (One-time cost)

Permanent installation of structural steel posts to provide structure for canopy and future installations $10,000

Demountable canopy system $1000 - 7,000

Portable lighting system for evening events $500

Portable public address sound system $500

Design & construction work Pro Bono


Administrative Expenditures:

Filing and Legal Fees for Not For Profit Incorporation and 501(c)(3) status $1000 (Lawyers Alliance for New York fee: $375.00)

Office Supplies $500

Expenses for Interns: $1,000


Programming Expenditures (Seasonal)

a) Event Staging Costs

Honoraria @ $300 per special appearance $3,000

Yoga and other Instructors $750

Rental of Sound Equipment $1,500

b) Materials and Equipment

Transportation of artwork and materials $1,500

Installation and honoraria for Sculpture: $1,500

Project Subtotal =  $7,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $350
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $210
Total to Raise on ioby = $7,595



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