I LOVE NYC's tiny community gardens, especially those with great art. So nice to sit outside and read, an escape from the chaos of the city. Love that they're kept up by neighbors who truly care about their community. There are TONS of great lil gardens all over NYC so this list should just be a starting point for your own exploring.
  1. First Street Green Art Park (E Houston x Chrystie St): Lots of great murals in this narrow garden and they introduce new artists every once in a while. My favorite mural currently on display is the illustrated history of labor activism and protests in LES, "We're All In This Together" by Chris Stain and Josh MacPhee.
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  2. The Creative Little Garden (E 6th St x Ave B): Super cute garden full of tiny wooden bird houses and some nice statues and sculpture, plus a swing!
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  3. La Plaza Cultural Community Garden (E 9th St x Ave C): The new-ish massive Zio Ziegler mural is reason enough to spend some time here, also there are roosters wandering around. Zio is brilliant and based in Oakland and we're lucky to have a mural by him here in NYC.
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  4. First Street Garden (E 1st St x 1st Ave): I like that this one is hidden so it's almost always quiet and empty. LOVE the mural theme: women who change the world, presented by the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
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  5. Kenkeleba House Garden (E 3rd St x Ave B): An awesome sculpture collection, including a piece by graffiti legend Revs. This garden is usually closed despite listed regular open hours. Still, you may get lucky... Keep trying!
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  6. Don't forget to check open hours before you go because these aren't accessible 24/7 -- and honestly many don't even follow their own posted open hours (it took me several tries to find someone to let me into Kenkeleba)
  7. Got a favorite community garden? Would love to hear about it, especially if it's in Brooklyn!
  8. Find your community garden: http://bit.ly/1L0QHEq (includes open hours for each garden)
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