Zenfolio | April L. Gustetter | CLINTON COMMUNITY GARDEN – Hell's Kitchen

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West 48th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
New York, New York 10108-0214

In 1977, when a group of 48th Street residents noticed tomato plants growing out of the debris from the empty lot that had laid vacant and abandoned for over 28 years, the idea of a real garden began to germinate. With additional encouragement from city sanitation workers, in 1978 the Clinton Community Garden was born. The city-owned property was leased through Operation GreenThumb in 1979 and was organized into 2 sections, a public Front Garden with lawn and flower beds and a Rear Garden for individual flower and vegetable plots. Initially, twenty 5' x 8' individual garden plots were laid out in the rear west corner of the 100' x 150' vacant lot. Meanwhile, paths were created in the Public Front Garden and Rear West Garden from the bricks that had been carefully retrieved from the rubble. Fences were erected to protect the garden and to separate the individual rear plot section from the public front area. The Clinton Community Garden is a green sanctuary - a beautiful and quiet place has been created to be enjoyed by all, with a catchment area is 34th Street to 59th Street from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River.