December 27, 1998 Chico Mendez Garden bulldozed by Donald Capoccia protest in response

Mid-March 1998 New York City begins to auction community garden lots

April 24, 1998 Mayor Giuliani transfers 741 Green Thumb gardens to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) for sale through auction to developers.

July 20, 1998 Auction of gardens disrupted.

November 2, 1998 Children's Garden of Love in Harlem bulldozed while children watch from classrooms.

January 10, 1999 City announces auction of over 100 community gardens.

January 13-February 24, 1999 Department of City Administrative Services (DCAS) holds hearings on auction.

January 27, 1999 Children testify at DCAS hearings.

February 24, 1999 31 activists arrested at DCAS hearings.

Mid-March, 1999 Green Thumb holds annual "Grow Together" conference.

April 10, 1999 Brooklyn Alliance of Neighborhood Gardens (BANG) organize rally in Bryant Park.

April 11, 1999 Reclaim the Streets street party/protest in support of gardens

May 3, 1999 Class action lawsuit filed by Green Guerillas to block the sale.

May 5, 1999 62 arrested outside of Pre-auction hearing on Chambers Street.

May 13, 1999 Mayor concedes defeat; sells gardens to New York Trust for Public Land and New York Preservation project.

This article gives a good overview of the whole New York garden issue.

This article from the LA times gives a good national perspective