Friday, August 14, 2015

An appreciation: 9th Street Community Garden



EVG reader Dan Efram shares these photos of his favorite local community garden — the 9th Street Community Garden on the northeast corner of Ninth Street and Avenue C.

"I lived upstate and this garden registers with me because it has such a home-grown appeal," Efram says. "The people there are always very welcoming, but you do know that you are entering their home. They put so much love into it."





















The garden, which encompasses an acre, started in 1979. Its hours are Friday 5-8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Find more info here.

Of course there are nearly 40 other community gardens in the neighborhood to enjoy. Find a list here. Meanwhile, The Guardian filed a story this week looking at the past, present and future of the local community gardens. Find that article here.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like that garden. I don't think I've ever been inside it though. I especially like their dioramas, and their Halloween decorations.

Anonymous said...

> Find a list here.

It is interesting that most of those gardens are in the Alphabet City part of the EV.

Anonymous said...

"It is interesting that most of those gardens are in the Alphabet City part of the EV."

The reason is the Alphabet was in far worst condition than the blocks further west. In 1981 when I lived near AVE C, there were blocks burnt out and empty lots all around. Our gardens are the product of good people making a difference with very little or no resources.

Anonymous said...

I GOT MARRIED IN THIS GARDEN!!!!!!

Scott said...

Ah the view from my bedroom window. Love it!

Goggla said...

This is one of my favorite gardens - I've spent many sweltering summers under the shade of their wonderful grape arbor.

Over the years, I've tried to document all the neighborhood gardens. Anyone interested can see 36 of them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/goggla/collections/72157600000407808/

Tom Stir said...

THE VIEW FROM MY BEDROOM WINDOW TOO!!
SOOO BEAUTIFUL YEAR ROUND,HOPE THE WILLO
TREE COMES BACK THAT ONE WAS SPECTACULAR.
ALL OF THE WILLOWS ON 9TH STREET WERE HIT
BAD BY BOTH HURRICANES BUT THE TWO AT
LA PLAZA CULTURAL HAVE RECOVERED VERY
NICELY.THEY GIVE THE BLOCK A VERY DISTINCTIVE
CHARACTER LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT

Anonymous said...

An absolute asset to the neighborhood, though I do wish they'd do something about the weeping willow that died after Hurricane Sandy. Those huge, dead branches are a hazard and it's surprising they are still there after so many years. If they trimmed the tree back to it's trunk, it might come back like the one in La Plaza did.

Anonymous said...

@4:50... you might bring the tree issue up with gardeners. The city has a tree specialist and staffers that could help.

They may be on a waiting list for that assistance.

Dan said...
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Dan said...

thank you all! this garden is a haven for reading and feeling like I'm not in nyc for a few minutes. go inside on the weekends or evenings.
Dan