Esperanza Community Garden Bulldozed Feb 2000

"East Village Gardens" Condo built on Esperanza Community Garden Site

Ride to Save Community Gardens, and other actions

NYC’s community gardens are in trouble again. Time’s Up! has been on the forefront of saving community gardens in the past from having them be turned over to private development. In 2002, there was a Spitzer Agreement to preserve 500 green spaces (2002 Preservation Agreement) but this is set to expire in September of 2010. Meanwhile, there has been a call to action to make people aware of the plight of these sacred green spaces in our city. Time’s Up is once again leading the fight.

The March 30, 2001,
Critical Mass ride rolled in support of community
gardens. A highlight of this event was the world debut of the
GIANT CATERPILLAR, a bicycling work of art that moved through city
streets. As you can see in the picture above, it was almost as big
as a city bus -- and much more beautiful and graceful.

Some folks accompanied the caterpillar dressed as garden beings.
The Caterpillar and outfits were created during

A lot of great groups work on Community Gardens in New York City.
Here are some that TIME'S UP! has had the privilege of working

  • Friends of Brook Park -- We've worked in the Brook Park
    garden, and worked with them on garden tours in the Bronx.
Kids work on arts and crafts while others work on the
garden at Brook Park Garden in the South Bronx.

Flowers ... spices ... bugs ... compost ... ecology ... public space ...
there is much to see and enjoy and learn about in a community garden.

Garden Seminar 

The Green Apple Ride visits the 7th Street Recycling Garden for a seminar.

Ecological Garden Tours, organized by TIME'S UP! and led by well-informed guides, these bicycle rides to endangered and protected gardens usually end with bicyclists honing their own horticultural skills and sampling a garden's organic produce.

Over the last 20 years, local people in neighborhoods from the South Bronx to the East Village to Bedford-Stuyvesant have turned abandoned, refuse-strewn lots into marvelous gardens, green oases of hope in decaying, often redlined districts.

Can you dig it?
Breaking new ground in Brook Park, South Bronx.

We love to help create new community gardens, and to help them
grow and flourish. It all starts with a "cleanup" of a derelict
vacant lot. A good way to find such a lot is to contact

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