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.