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Manhattan oasis, senior housing vie for space

Elizabeth Street Garden may be torn down to build subsidised homes

By recruiting volunteers to keep watch at the garden's entrance, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden has managed to open the space to the public on a regular basis for the first time.

New York

SPHINXES greet you regally as you enter from Elizabeth Street. The carved lions beyond look like three-dimensional heraldic emblems. Cabbage-white butterflies skim over tomato plants that are ready for an end-of-summer harvest. Readers turn book pages idly. Lovers conspire in the