Anyone living within New York City can join a garden. There are over 600 gardens across the five boroughs, here are Avraham Glattman’s top 4!
1. The Convent Garden
The Convent Garden is located at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 151st Street in Harlem (212-504-4115, nycgovparks.org).
Unlike Covent Garden, Convent Garden a century old park permanently located in Harlem, NY. The park is up kept by residents within the area . The beautifully kept park is in conjunction with the Convent Garden Community Association. The park is 0.13 acres of triangular space filled with harbors trees, flowers, comfortable seating, a fresh water fountain, and a gazebo. The aesthetic of the park provides a short period of rest for residents trying to escape the Sugar Hill neighborhood hustle.
2. Liz Christy Community Garden
The Liz Christy Garden is located at the corner of Bowery and Houston Streets in the East Village (lizchristygarden.us).
Liz Christy Community Garden distinctly differers from other community gardens being that it was founded by gardening activist Liz Christy in 1973. The one of a kind garden residing in lower Manhattan was officially approved for rental by the Office of Housing Preservation and Development the following year. Since then, the community has transformed this former empty lot into a vibrant green space. Potential gardeners can volunteer their time to earn a garden key.
3. Creative Little Garden
Creative Little Garden is located at 530 East 6th Street between Avenues A and B in the East Village (creativelittlegarden.com).
Sitting in the East Village, the Creative Little Garden hides in a tiny little Nook on 6th street. The park is maintained by volunteers from around the neighborhood. The work of the volunteers paid off delightfully being that the park is filled with flowers, trees and bushes accompanied by benches, potted plants, sculptures, fountains, birdbaths, a waterfall and a bird-chip path. The Creative Little Garden continues to provide birds with little homes once the season permits.
4. Hands and Heart Garden
Hands and Heart Garden is located at 293 New Lots Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn (grownyc.org).
In 2006, food justice group East New York Farms established a community garden in an old abandoned lot, gathering nearly three dozen gardeners from all over the area. The garden’s got an eclectic batch of crops, including West Indian, West African and Southern vegetables that then get sold at local farmers markets. The gardeners also received composting stations, a water collection system various programming aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture.