Sweet Jane fence: Garden free of its chain-link

At the ribbon-cutting for the Jane St. Garden’s new fence, from left, Parks Manhattan Borough Commissioner Bill Castro, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, state Senator Brad Hoylman, Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, gardener Susan Sipos, Barry Benepe, past and current Jane St. Block Association Chairpersons Paula Fedderson and Kate Bostock-Shefferman, respectively, and William Talbot, president of the West Village Committee.

Jane St. residents were joined on Saturday by local politicians and Bill Castro, the Parks Department’s Manhattan borough commissioner, for a ribbon-cutting for the new fence around the Jane St. Garden, at Jane St. and Eighth Ave.

Work began this past spring to replace the rickety old leaning chain-link fence with a new granite-curb and ornate steel fence. The sidewalk at the garden’s entrance was also fixed up. The fence project’s total cost was roughly $400,000.

It was a long time coming, but the Jane St. Garden finally has a beautiful new fence and gate.

The garden has a long history. At one point, the city wanted to sell the plot for development, but the community fought off the plan.

The West Village Committee, made up of veteran activists, has long held sway over the green space. But a re-energized Jane St. Block Association is pushing for greater control and for making the garden more accessible to the public.

— Lincoln Anderson

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