The 2012 “Gardens for the City” winners are:
462 Halsey Community Garden, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Jackie Robinson Community Garden, East Harlem, Manhattan
Public School 180, Harlem, Manhattan
Robert Fulton Terrace, Morrisania, Bronx
The People’s Garden, East New York, Brooklyn
Throughout 2012, NYRP will work closely with the of each space to provide a variety of materials and services, including planting trees, annuals, perennials and blubs, building raised beds, garden structures and furniture, and providing green space education and training. NYRP’s work will help transform the outdoor spaces and make them more inviting and accessible for the communities, many which have already gone through great change over the decades. Betty Gaether, President of the Jackie Robinson Community Garden in East Harlem, reflects, "The garden was overrun by drugs and prostitution in the 90s, and I fought hard to turn the area into a clean and safe place,” she says. "Over twenty years later, with NYRP's help, we can also make it beautiful and inviting.”
“We are excited to extend NYRP’s resources to these neighborhoods,”
The program started in 2011, and has already made over a juvenile center in Brownsville, a psychiatric center in Queens, a schoolyard in Clinton Hill, a housing complex in the Bronx, and an abandoned lot in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The program’s application will reopen in 2013. Ideal garden candidates for the program are those located in underserved communities throughout New York City, and planning to engage community members and manage long-term maintenance.
About New York Restoration Project
Founded by Bette Midler in 1995, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017. To learn more, please visit www.nyrp.org.
PR Officer, NYRP