Report: East River Houses Co-op Board Destroys Garden for Concrete Slab

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:07 am

Over the holiday weekend, the board of East River Co-op pulled an apparent sneak attack and uprooted a chunk of the cooperative garden. The purported reason – this concrete slab is allegedly meant to assist in snow removal. The affected acreage lies in the courtyard behind Building 1. The five-year-old garden was conceived and maintained […]

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Vacant Essex Street Lot Reborn as ‘Temporary’ Garden Space

Posted May 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

In a rather uncharacteristic turn of events, the property owner of 5 Essex Street is converting the long-dormant lot into green space. Over the last several days, workers were spotted marking off a rectangular parcel of land and adding a bed of gravel. A new plywood fence was also installed. Site intel reveals that a […]

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Decades-Old Poplar Tree in Liz Christy Garden Will Be Cut Down Imminently

Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Over the last few decades, it’s grown to become a bucolic tower in the Bowery skyline. Time’s almost up, though. The highly visible Poplar tree with Dragonclaw Ivy at the northeast corner of East Houston is at the end of its life. Estimates place its age at roughly forty years. According to the announcement posted […]


LES Gardens in Vivid Photos at Bloom Projects Gallery

Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

Photographer George Hirose portrays gardens in a different light. His currently exhibited series, “Magic Gardens: Night Photos from the Lower East Side Community Gardens,” vibrantly depicts community gardens in the neighborhood.

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First Community Meeting for ‘Siempre Verde Garden’ on Stanton is Tonight

Posted February 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

Guerrilla gardening efforts have entered the next chapter at 181 Stanton Street.

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Bowery Mission Rooftop Farm

Posted August 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

The Bowery is derived from the Dutch word Bouwerij, which translates to “farm.” For the second year running, the 133-year-old Bowery Mission is embracing such roots by tending to a six-story-high rooftop farm all its own

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First Street Green “Holiday Wrap-Up” this Saturday

Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

First Street Green, the community group that assumed the not-so-small task of planning the future of the alleyway park (formerly home to the BMW/Guggenheim Lab), has been very busy.

Natividad Zirate Returns for Another Season of Bike Repairs

Posted April 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

Those cyclists concerned about whether Natividad Zirate would return for another season need not worry anymore.

Guerilla Garden in Delancey Auto Lot

Posted November 29, 2010 at 6:18 am

Just behind the River Ridge Condos is a wild parking lot with a secret.  And it’s not sound barriers for residents. The shadowy square plot belongs to the T & J Auto Repair shop at 210 Delancey Street, and might seem rather ordinary at first glance.  But have a look at the front left corner. […]

Hua Mei Bird Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park [Video]

Last modified August 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Nestled behind the sunken court in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a hidden gem of a bird sanctuary called Hua Mei Bird Garden. The tiny tree-lined real estate is definitely one of the unsung treasures of the 7-acre, 7-block park, and is a welcome taste of nature amidst a concrete jungle.

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