A special East Village walking tour
One of the hidden treasures of the East Village are community gardens. This is where is the grass root movement started and which now has the highest concentration (45) of all New York. Residents call community gardens the heart and lung of the East Village.
We will meager through the East Village and visit a dozen or so East Village green spaces and talk about 400 years of land use on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The native Lenape, tidal meadows, Dutch "boweries" (farms), slave labor, the 1811 commission plan that laid out the NYC street grid, early 19th-century 'gentry' townhouses, late 19th century overcrowded, immigrant tenements, the late20th century, urban blight. A grassroots movement of squatters, homesteaders, and local residents succeeded in urban renewal while city planners failed. Many abandoned buildings were rehabbed and vacant lots were turned into community gardens.
I know this history well since I have been a homesteader and a community gardener of 30 years.
The green spaces and community gardens which we may visit:
Liz Christy Community Garden, Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, M'finda Klunga Community Garden, The New York Marble Cemetery, St Marks on the Bowery, 11th St. Community Garden, Tompkins Square Park, 6th St. Ave. B Garden, De Colores Community Yard, La Plaza Cultural, El Jardín del Paraíso and Orchard Alley.
** Bring your camera too for some unique urban shots -- a food growing greenhouse, 150-year-old plus trees, a rain- harvesting wetland, a turtle pond and a tree house right in the East Village.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Address or Intersection, Suggested by Guide: In front of Liz Christie Community Garden, on the corner of the Bowery and Houston .
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - Refreshments.