The New York you see today has changed drastically from what it was forty years ago. After the city's financial crisis in the 1970s, the five boroughs were left dotted with vacant lots as a result of the abandonment of public and private land. The east side of Manhattan was home to a majority of these vacant lots - which were notorious for being hotbeds for illegal activity. In response to this, community members banded together to cultivate a grassroots movement that saw them renovate these derelict lots into more productive and positive spaces. Through hard work and persistence, community gardens began blooming across the city.
Take a stroll through East Village today, and you can't miss the enchanting havens that lie on almost every block along Avenues A, B and C. We visited one of our favorite community gardens, hidden along E 3rd St. The aptly named Miracle Garden was started in 1983 when East Village residents transformed a vacant lot into a lush oasis of trees and flowers. In doing so, they provided the community with a green space that not only improves air quality and bio-diversity, but emphasizes the peace and tranquility of nature.
To this day, the community garden is still maintained by individuals in our neighborhood. It's the perfect place to relax when you're looking for some quiet in the city that never sleeps. Reflecting on the history of Miracle Garden unearths the wonderful reminder that something good will grow out of every tough situation.
SHOP THE STORY
194 E 3rd St (between Avenues A & B)
New York, NY 10002
Weekdays: Open with no set hours