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Community Gardens of the East Village

November 7, 2014 Written by | No Comments

From the mid 1970’s through the 1990’s New York City’s lower east side became known for it’s small community gardens that could be found in the nooks and crannies of Alphabet City. During some of the bleakest times in the cities history, communities came together and built these gardens in vacant lots that were sometimes used to dump trash of all kind and were havens for drug abusers. I got my inspiration for creating this map from Grace Tankersley’s book, Community Gardens of the East Village: An Oral history & Guide to Community Gardens in New York City’s East Village. Thank you Grace for putting together such a rich history of the community gardens. See here for a map of community gardens in the east village and take a tour.

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