Magazine article American Forests

Land Trust, Actress Save NYC Community Gardens

Magazine article American Forests

Land Trust, Actress Save NYC Community Gardens

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The conflict raises important questions about stewardship and the role of communities in caring for public space.

To most people, New York City is loud, noisy, and crowded. But native New Yorkers know better. In hundreds of neighborhoods across the city, people feel a sense of place, of belonging to a community, often rooted in the trees and flowers nestled between two buildings: the community garden.

And thanks to the work of two nonprofit organizations, some of those gardens will remain green for generations to come. Just as Mayor Rudolph Giuliani planned to auction the lots that housed 115 gardens, the Trust for Public Land and the New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit organization funded by Bette Midler, stepped in and purchased them for $4.2 million-a mere $400,000 per acre.

Guiliani's planned auction was met with protests and a court challenge. He okayed the sale after a state Supreme Court judge ruled the city had failed to consider the environmental impact of the auction, according to The Washington Post. …

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