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Monday, September 04, 2006

Albert's Garden

Scattered throughout the Lower East Side there are over 40 community gardens (and 400 in the entire city). These come as a surprise, even to residents - they are certainly not on the tourist radar and quietly offer a visual respite from the concrete jungle. For a list and map of these gardens, go to the Earth Celebrations site and click on the Garden Preservation link. Albert's Garden, on 2nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, is typical of these community gardens. As you can imagine, tremendous effort goes into this effort - keeping developers at bay is no small task - I applaud the efforts. One such effort is Bette Midler's Restoration Project started in 1999 which rescued 114 of these gardens and established a trust. Perhaps in time I will feature another one of these gardens if I come across one in my travels ...

3 comments:

olivier said...

Merci pour la decouverte, je ne connaissais pas. c'est le charme de nyc,on trouve de tout (mon jardin prefere etant ce petit coin de paradis du bronx : wave hill)

John Nez said...

Three cheers for Bette Midler! I'd never heard about that project or her involvement in it.

Gosh only knows that one thing the original city planners of NYC left out was enough green space!

Anonymous said...

This one in the pic is actually a cemetary; " (Part of the confusion: the deceased are interred in underground marble vaults marked by plaques, not tombstones.) Founded in 1830, the New York Marble Cemetery, located in what is now the East Village, is the City's oldest nondenominational public burial ground—and also one of the hardest to find. The cemetery gate is located at the end of a narrow alley leading from Second Avenue; it's unlocked to visitors only for a few hours on the fourth Sunday of each month from April to October. —AB"