© 2018 Friends of Bogardus Plaza, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization.

 

About

What we do

Friends of Bogardus Plaza(FBP) is a small group of local volunteers who helped create and maintain Bogardus Plaza, a community green space located in the heart of Tribeca at the intersection of Hudson, Chambers and Reade streets. FBP is a 100% donation and volunteer run non-profit that keeps the site free of debris and tends to the on-going needs (and challenges) of this heavily-shaded downtown green space year round.

 

Our Mission

Friends of Bogardus Plaza's mission is to foster community interaction in lower Manhattan by managing a space that is accessible to all, well maintained and enriched by free programming throughout the year.

 

Our Board

Victoria Weil, President

Anne Patterson, Vice President

Jean Raazi, Treasurer

Sangeeta Prasad, Asst. Treasurer

Judith Roberts, Secretary

Douglas Moss

Andrea Pivnick

Anne Patterson

Alan Solman

Harry Johnston

George Olsen

History

 

Who was James Bogardus?

Bogardus Garden was named after renowned 19th century pioneer of cast-iron architecture, James Bogardus. It was the success of Bogardus’ cast iron structures that ultimately lead to the widespread adoption of steel frame building construction used in modern-day skyscrapers­.

 

In the 1970s and 80s, Bogardus’ work garnered a following of local cast-iron enthusiasts including famed preservationist, Margot Gayle. Gayle hosted walking tours throughout lower Manhattan originating from this once small, concrete traffic island she later lobbied to have named in his honor.

From Traffic Triangle to Garden

Over the years, with the help of many different community groups and volunteers, the litter-filled traffic triangle bearing Bogardus’ name was transformed into the garden that stands today. Under the management of the Friends of Bogardus Garden, this important green space in TriBeCa is thriving and evolving with each passing year.
 

Who was James Bogardus?

Bogardus Garden was named after renowned 19th century pioneer of cast-iron architecture, James Bogardus. It was the success of Bogardus’ cast iron structures that ultimately lead to the widespread adoption of steel frame building construction still used in modern-day skyscrapers­.

 

In the 1970s and 80s, Bogardus’ work garnered a following of local cast-iron enthusiasts including famed preservationist, Margot Gayle. Gayle hosted walking tours throughout lower Manhattan originating from this once small, concrete traffic island she later lobbied to have named in Bogardus' honor.

From Traffic Triangle to Garden

Over the years, with the help of several different community groups and volunteers, the litter-filled traffic triangle bearing Bogardus’ name was transformed into the gated garden that stands today. Under the management of the Friends of Bogardus Garden, this important green space in TriBeCa is thriving and evolving with each passing year.

 

From Garden to Pedestrian Plaza

In 2010, the NY Department of Transportation (DOT) planned to close Hudson Street between Reade and Chambers streets for the 3-year Chambers Street Reconstruction Project. But, rather than turn the small stretch of Hudson Street adjacent to Bogardus Garden into a holding area for construction equipment, DOT agreed to partner with FBG to transform the street into a temporary pedestrian plaza. With tables, chairs and planters provided by DOT, plus donations from the community and local businesses, FBG created a temporary plaza. FBG maintained the site and hosted free community events in the spring and fall. By the end of 2011, Community Board One voted in support of keeping the plaza and making it a permanent part of the community.

 

 

News

Construction will continue 5 days a week.
We anticipate opening December 2019.

Our DDC Community Liaison, Marsha Guido, sends out weekly eblasts with construction updates.
 

Click here to email Marsha and ask to be added to her Bogardus Plaza ebast list. 

The New Bogardus Plaza!    Substantial completion in  early Jan!