Sunday, August 7, 2011

East Village - New York's Community Gardens


















New York in July can be hot and humid and with the heat wave up in the nineties already, what could be better than finding a cool escape to the community gardens of the East Village. Desolate, empty and burnt out lots a result of urban blight and decay in the seventies and eighties, have been reclaimed by community groups and transformed into these green oases in the middle of the city.....


















A range of plants, shrubs, and vegetables grow here creating some of the most enchanting green spaces in the city. Dotted around are quiet enclaves with nooks and crannies filled with inviting tables and chairs providing quiet corners to sit and relax....



















Interesting artworks and sculptures are also tucked away in the most unlikely of places providing interesting surprises as a corner is turned.......


















Spaces can be acquired in these highly sought after gardens by volunteering and working with the rest of the community until a space becomes available. As well as seeing people working here, you can also see individuals with their laptops or a book tucked away in the most tranquil of retreats, or small groups chatting in an enclave of green...



















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6 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures, Catherine! And how lovely to see how much has been done with these projects! Really encouraging! Glad you found some cool spots in NYC at this time! I can just imagine the heat and humidity! You're getting closer and closer to final destination! Can't wait to see pictures from France! Have a great week and a safe journey!

Sylvia

A Cuban In London said...

It's amazing how you capture the beauty of the places you visit so well. Many thanks.

London's burning unfortunately. There've been riots and disturbances in Tottenham, Enfield and Brixton. Hope you and yours are fine.

Greetings from London.

louciao said...

What a wonderful haven...or havens. Perhaps the best havens are those found/created in the most unexpected of places.

Snap said...

I love gardens and really enjoyed the post. Finding art in the garden of all sorts is fun. Lots of good ideas here! Thanks!

Catherine said...

take some some to visit here if you get the chance......

chubskulit said...

Delightful shadows.

My Shadow Shot post, have a good weekend!