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Liz Christie Garden

First New York City Community Garden

 

— Houston at Bowery —

 
Liz Christie Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 12, 2016
1. Liz Christie Garden Marker
Inscription.  In 1973, artist Liz Christie and her band of volunteers transformed a vacant lot at this site to create the Bowery-Houston Community Farm and Garden. Her Green Guerillas cleared garbage, built soil from police-stable manure, and planted trees, flowers, and vegetables.

More than 600 community gardens now grace New York City neighborhoods.

Generations of volunteer gardeners have enhanced the design, recruited members, and opened this garden to the public weekends and some evenings.

In 2004, the garden faced an existential threat from the development of surrounding lots by AvalonBay. Thanks to action from garden members, the community, city officials and the Parks Department, the garden not only survived but was expanded to Second Avenue.

The Liz Christie Garden is famous worldwide for its beauty as well as its unlikely formation. With its dedicated, all-volunteer membership, it continues to prosper even as the neighborhood changes.
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 43.458′ N,
Liz Christie Garden image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2019
2. Liz Christie Garden
The marker is at the Bowery entrance.
73° 59.543′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowery and East Houston Street, on the right when traveling north on Bowery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Baseball to Houdini (within shouting distance of this marker); McGurk’s Suicide Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); NYC’s Oldest Thoroughfare (within shouting distance of this marker); 21st Century Fashion In A 21st Century House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sammy's Bowery Follies (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hats, Hardware & Horses (about 300 feet away); Cigar Factory (about 300 feet away); CBGB (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding Liz Christie Garden. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
 
Categories. Parks & Recreational Areas
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 12, 2016
3. Inset
Garden volunteers at the beginning, 1974
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By Larry Gertner, July 12, 2016
4. Inset
In 2005, demolition of the Church of All Nations came within inches of the garden.
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 12, 2016
5. Inset
Liz Christie in the garden’s early days.
Garden memorial mosaic image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1999
6. Garden memorial mosaic
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 22, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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