Monday, May 23, 2011

☞ REVIVE: Other Garden Update at East 118th

Disney might have had a helping hand in getting the community garden renovations funded at Park and 103rd Street but a local developer stepped in to revive another green space a few blocks further north.  Some press received last week explains how developers behind Embelesar 118 has pitched in to updated some aesthetically challenged chain link fences (lower photo) at the 118th and Lexington garden:

Bluestone East 118th Street Realty, LLC, the developer of Embelesar118, is helping to revitalize a community garden next to the new cooperative project at 152 East 118th Street. The 3,500-square-foot garden, a paradigm of HPD’s “Green Thumb” program dating back to the 1970s, now has an elegant wrought iron fence along its 118th Street and Lexington Avenue borders, in lieu of the broken chain link fence that surrounded it for nearly 40 years. The weather-worn “casita” that housed supplies will soon be replaced by a contemporary garden shed, and comfortable benches are being added, as well.

The garden has long been a center for the East Harlem community, where roses, orchids, gladioli, daffodils, tulips and trumpet vines have highlighted myriad changing seasons with vibrant colors and floral fragrances. The garden has also served as a refuge for a coterie of local urban farmers who year-after-year plant and harvest their vegetables and fruits. There is even a flourishing grape vine with a fall harvest, distributed to participating neighbors.

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