Lower East Side Ecology Center Garden in Alphabet City

On 7th Street between Ave B and Ave C is a garden unlike any other I’ve seen in NYC.  The LES Ecology Center Garden is all about recycling.

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Yeah, it really is a garden and they do grow stuff there (it’s winter now so there’s a bit of a hold on “growing stuff”), but it’s all about composting for them.

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Like all NYC community gardens, it’s pretty small, but so are a lot of things in NYC, like stores and parking spots.  It ain’t worth complaining about.  Instead, we just make more and more of them.

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I guess these community gardens are the one thing I can’t forget about in Alphabet City.  There are so many of them and they are all so small.  One person told me it was an outgrowth of how bad stuff was before Guiliani:  places would go down, perhaps they might be burned down or made completely uninhabitable.  Later, some people with vision would have the City condemn them and then take it over with the City’s blessing and funding.  They then would just put in some of these tiny plots of green that make life a little more livable.

-H

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2 Comments on “Lower East Side Ecology Center Garden in Alphabet City”

  1. Angela Jones Says:

    hello, I am a teacher who wants to do a short walking tour of the Ecology Center Garden with 20 youth on May 28th between one and two o’clock. Will the space be open to the public?

  2. Famous Ankles Says:

    Angela,

    I looked up the center and found it on http://www.lesecologycenter.org/locations.html

    According to it, the garden is open year-round. I think you’ll be fine.

    Or you can contact them at:
    Lower East Side Ecology Center
    P. O. Box 20488
    New York. NY 10009
    PHONE: 212-477-4022
    info@lesecologycenter.org

    -H


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