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MANHATTAN

Target East Harlem Community Garden

415-417 East 117th Street
(between First and Pleasant Avenues)

Manhattan, New York

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HOURS

All NYRP community gardens must hold a minimum of 20 open hours per week. Please check the bulletin board at the garden for times and details. 

 

Sponsored By

Target

Garden Designer

Sean Conway

Garden Coordinator

Lourdes Acevedo

 

This welcoming green space in Upper Manhattan represents the second New York Restoration Project (NYRP) community garden revitalization accomplished with the support of Target – the first being the Target Community Garden located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The site was created to provide members of this neighborhood access to an optimal growing environment and also serves as a unique location where local residents and neighborhood families can host community events and workshops.

The garden’s renovation was envisioned by nationally acclaimed designer and television host Sean Conway, who also designed the Target Community Garden in Brooklyn and the Target Bronx Community Garden, scheduled to open in the fall of 2009. In collaboration with NYRP and local residents, Conway and NYRP worked for nearly six months to implement a garden design that is not only visually distinctive, but also incorporates cutting-edge sustainable technologies to eliminate the garden’s dependence on external energy and resources.

Residents and visitors to Target East Harlem Community Garden pass through iron gates leading into a stone pathway, which then transitions into a lush, green lawn that is bordered by a stone seating wall. Raised perennial and vegetable garden beds spotlight the hard work of the community, making it a focal point of this neighborhood gathering place. Large, red disks on poles at the garden’s entrance provide shade to a plaza and patio, while also providing energy for the garden from solar panels, strategically placed on top of each disk. Other self-sustaining features include wind turbines that further decrease energy expenses and a built-in irrigation system, fed by a rainwater harvesting mechanism that dramatically reduces dependence on local water supplies.

The newly renovated, 4,000-square-foot Target East Harlem Community Garden opened in October 2008 with a grand celebration attended by more than 200 neighborhood residents, city officials and NYRP representatives, including NYRP Founder Bette Midler. This unique green space affords the primarily Hispanic and African-American residents of this area, which consists mainly of multi-family homes, large apartment buildings and project housing – with a rare green space place to relax, garden and enjoy time outdoors.