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Liz Christy Bowery-Houston Community Garden

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New York Citys first community garden

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

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Liz Christy Garden, located at the corner of Houston and Bowery, is New York Citys original community garden. Over two thousand varieties of plants, shrubs, and trees grow in some 7,500 feet of green space through all four seasons. The garden is surrounded by a high iron fence, but the gate is often wide open - and the public is invited. Enter the garden and Houston Street almost disappears from view. Concentrate on the turtle and fish pond, the beehive, the little nook with the Buddhist altar, and traffic sounds miraculously diminish.

The gardens founder was Liz Christy, an artist who lived nearby. She died prematurely in 1985, at which point the garden was renamed in her honor. Christy tired of seeing an abandoned, junk-filled blot on the local landscape, and one day in 1973, challenged by a local mother to do something about it, Liz did. she organized friends...

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Donald Loggins

Its the first community garden in NYC and the best. It has a turtle pond (very friendly turtles), frogs, fish, birds singing at night on the Bowery, and even a peach tree. It is full of winding paths and nooks, a pond, picnic tables, and really nice gardeners.

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