The Dorothy Strelsin Memorial Community Garden
Parks & Gardens

The Dorothy Strelsin Memorial Community Garden


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

Sponsored By
Ground Force and Dorothy Strelsin Foundation
Garden Designer
Allen Titchmarsh of Ground Force

Established in 1980 and originally named Iglesia Pentacostal Arca de Salvacion, the garden cleaned up in preparation to be re-designed over four, blistering summer days in 2002 by volunteers from “Ground Force” – a BBC America television production – and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) staff.

This beloved garden is cared for by dedicated community residents, many of whom grow tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables there, including peppers and eggplant. Featuring a casita – a garden structure common to Puerto Rican gardens that includes a small porch for community activities and storage space – this shared green space provides a picturesque setting for barbecues and many other gatherings. In addition, the neighborhood hosts street fairs, with the garden providing a focal point for these celebrations.

The Dorothy Strelsin Memorial Community Garden received a generous grant from the Dorothy Strelsin Foundation to add a performance area – which includes seating and a bluestone patio – and storage space, both located at the back of the property. Commissioned by NYRP, photographer and furniture designer Eric Slayton, in collaboration with Susannah Drake of dlandstudio and Annette Wilkus of SiteWorks, LLC, worked with community members and NYRP staff to create a versatile design to accommodate both performance and community needs.

Part of a large number of community gardens that form a network of green spaces on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Dorothy Strelsin Memorial Community Garden is situated near four schools located within five blocks of the site.

Garden Size
2385 Square Feet
Performance Space, Barbeque grill

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