From the April 27 NYC CGC (Community Garden Coalition) Annual “Stand for our Land” event

NYC CGC MISSION: LONGTERM LIFE and PRESERVATION OF COMMUNITY GARDENS is the mission of NYC CGC.

NYC CGC grew out of the 1990s when community volunteers had to learn, practically overnight, on how organize, lobby, and defend their gardens from real estate developers. What began as a collection of community members of two decades ago has grown to become a collection of community gardens, well organized, strong, and representative of the five boroughs. They also made reference to Pete Seeger and Bette Midler who have supported the gardens and organizations that support the gardens. Continue reading

Garden Rebuild Update 4.23.2013

Con Edison is currently working in front of the garden updating the power grid. During the upgrade process, Con Ed uncovered a sewage problem that must also be repaired. The work is schedule to be completed on 4/26/2013. After the completion of this work, Parks will resume the garden rebuild process.

Two weeks ago Parks delivered soil to level out the pitch of the garden. After Con Ed has finished their work, Parks will return to install the fence that separates the garden space from the plot directly to the east, from which the building collapsed onto the garden. They will also install the stone paths. Continue reading

Reminder – BA / Garden & Holiday Party

Just a quick reminder about our upcoming Block Association and Community Garden Meeting and Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 19th at 7pm at Ephesus Church, 101 west 123rd street in the basement.
We’ll have a quick update on BA and Garden news, as well as a quick summary of progress over the year and an outlook on 2013, followed by a dessert potluck and raffle, with all proceeds benefitting the BA and Garden directly. Prizes include:
Broadway Tickets to….
  • Peter and the Star Catcher
  • The Gazillion Bubbles Show
  • Bunnicula
  • The Velveteen Rabbit

A floral arrangement from Harlem Flo (2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd)


If you’re able, please bring a sweet treat to share – cookies, cakes and pies are all welcome.
See you Wednesday!

Next Block Association & Community Garden Meeting/Holiday Party – December 19, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Our next and final 2012 Block Association and Community Garden meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, December 19th at Ephesus Church, 101 West 123rd Street, in the basement. And, in the spirit of the season, we will be having a holiday party immediately after a quick update on BA and Garden news, a review of our activities and successes in 2012 and an outlook on 2013.

We will also be having a raffle with great prizes on offer, including Broadway tickets and a beautiful floral arrangement from our neighbors at Harlem Flor. Tickets will be $1 a piece and all proceeds will go directly to the Block Association and Community Garden.

What can you bring to the party?

  • A sweet treat for your neighbors! Cookies, cakes and pies are all welcome
  • Canned food and unwrapped toys, to be donated to and distributed by Ephesus Church
  • Yourself and your family!

Any questions, please email Jason Price, Block Association VP at jason@hebsdigital.com or 123st-steering-committee@googlegroups.com.

Big Weekend on West 123rd Street – August 26/27, 2012

Hello everyone!

This weekend is full of action for west 123rd street and we invite all our neighbors to join in the fun:


  • Saturday, August 25, 12:00 – 6:00pm Annual Youth Day Block Party Rides, games, activities, music and BBQ for everyone in the neighborhood. Last year there were pony rides so who knows what kind of fun is in store this time around!
    • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Lamont Alston and the 123 YP will be doing a big block clean up starting at 9am on Saturday morning; if you are able to help out, please find Lamont on the block on Saturday morning
  • Sunday, August 26, 11:00am – 5:00pm Ephesus Church Annual Health Fair Your health is the most important thing you have, so come by Ephesus Church on Sunday to make sure you’re in tip top shape!  Free mammograms, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, as well as fitness and nutrition information will be available.
Please remember that there will be no parking on the street either day and cars will be ticketed and towed.
Have fun this weekend! Hope to see you all there.

 

Sad news

Dear Friends,
As many of you may have already heard or seen, the building directly to the east of our community garden collapsed and has completely buried the garden.  No one was hurt, which we are incredibly thankful for. Sadly though, our wonderful garden has been mostly destroyed and is closed until further notice.

We had a significant amount of support from various city agencies on the scene yesterday evening.  The Executive Director of GreenThumb said it was a great sign that there were so many people from the Parks Department visiting the site.

We spoke with representatives from Parks & Recreation at length about what the next steps are for the garden and they were quite optimistic that we would have our garden back sooner than expected.  Parks & Rec is committed to helping us rebuild and “bring it back better than it was before”.  We will, of course, keep every one up to date on any information we get from the Parks Dept.

Many of us were out on the street last night talking with the various crews from the Department of Buildings and the Fire Department; they were all incredibly sympathetic to our asks to preserve as many trees in the garden as possible.  We were able to get into the site and pull out the apple tree, just in case the bulldozers aren’t as delicate as we hope they will be.  We were also able to save the bulletin board, although it had to be cut, rather than dug out.

Crews began clearing the site at 11pm last night, worked straight through and finished around 6:30 Saturday evening.  There is currently a wooden fence around the garden and we don’t know when we’ll be able to get back in.

I think I speak for many of us when I say this is a truly awful event, not only because of all the hard work we’ve put in but because our garden is truly a special place for the block and the community. We’ve been brought together by the garden and its given us many happy times.  But I also know that this is DEFINITELY not the end of our garden and that we will come back from this event better than ever.

We will find a time soon to meet and give each other hugs and talk about next steps.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions.