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There’s Now a Free Map of the Lower East Side’s Community Gardens

Not long ago we heard from local resident Helen Avery, who has created a free guide to the amazing community gardens of the Lower East Side. Allow her to explain: I've been a member of La Plaza Cultural Community Garden...

Lower East Side Community Gardens To Participate in $2 Million Resiliency Study

The Lower East Side's community gardens are about to see some welcome improvements thanks to a $2 million resiliency grant. The announcement was made by the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) on its website: NYCCGC is excited to...

Petition: Establish a Lower East Side Community Garden District

There's a new push to protect the Lower East Side's community gardens. Here's the note that went out yesterday from Bill LoSasso, a garden activist and member of Community Board 3: As you may know, a Coalition has formed to...

City Eyes Two Lower East Side Parcels For Affordable Housing, But Where Are They?

A few days ago, the city announced two new programs to create affordable housing on small, underutilized sites. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development put out a "Request for Qualifications" to developers interested in participating in the "New...

The Destruction of Adam Purple’s Garden of Eden – 25 Years Later

Photographer Harvey Wang is raising funds to (hopefully) put on a show in honor of Adam Purple and his unrivaled "green" project, "The Garden of Eden." Purple created a huge garden on some abandoned lots on Eldridge Street in...

Silver Releases Statement on Community Garden Rules

This afternoon, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is out with a statement on the final rules submitted by the NYC Parks Department on community gardens: "The new rules put forward by the Parks Department provide important protections for the community...

City Strenthens Protections for Community Gardens

A short time ago, NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, with elected officials and neighborhood activists at his side, announced the city is making some concessions to more fully protect the city's community gardens.  Protesters had strongly opposed the city's...

Silver’s Statement on Community Gardens

As the debate over the fate of New York's community gardens rages on, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is out with a statement on the topic: “On the Lower East Side, dedicated urban gardeners turned vacant lots from dangerous eyesores...

Community Gardens Book Signing & Party Tomorrow

We received an email from Grace Tankersley this week, telling us about her book signing coming up tomorrow at the Creative Little Garden, 530 East 6th Street (Between Avenues A and B). Grace has written, "Community Gardens of the...
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Photo: East River Park Track, Sunday midday. In the news this past week: --"In affordable housing vs. parking lot,...
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