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Dias y Flores Community Garden

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East Village community garden in operation since 1978

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Village
Parks and Gardens, Gathering Place

Place Matters Profile

Place Matters Profile

Written by Molly Garfinkel for Place Matters

Nestled at the center of the quiet, tree-lined block of E. 13th Street between Avenues A and B, Dias y Flores Community Garden was founded in 1978, when the neighborhood felt and looked quite different. Since that time, development and gentrification have heavily impacted the East Village’s physical and cultural landscapes, but the Dias y Flores collective still reflects the neighborhood's long-celebrated multicultural, multi-generational character. Members hail from around the world and represent a wide range of cutural and interest groups; indeed, many say that their membership in Dias y Flores has fostered friendships with neighbors they might not have otherwise approached

Now entering its fourth decade of grassroots cultivation, Dias y Flores boasts a membership roster nearly 60 gardeners strong. Proximity of plot to table is the motivating factor for the majority of Dias y Flores gardeners, most of...

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Nominations

Julie Friesner

I live next door to the garden, and it makes my life beautiful. I love this place! (October 2011)



Claude Kilgore

Dias y Flores is open to the public. It provides a tranquil space in a bustling city. Dias y Flores is community born and driven, and it gives back by offering art classes, youth programs and more. Dias y Flores is my home in Manhattan. (October 2011)


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