Generation X Cultural Garden

Name: Generation X Cultural Garden
Address: 270 East 4th Street [OASIS]
Neighborhood: Lower East Side, Manhattan
Year Founded: 1971

Created in 1971, this beloved Lower East Side space now includes Geoblock paving which allows for all-ability access to the garden and leads to a viewing area for multi-media performances. The completion of a masonry retaining wall created additional planting areas where blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries grow in season. Nectarine, pear, peach and apple trees form a mini urban orchard. All garden furniture and planters are made from recycled materials. Funding from the Disney Foundation allowed for cultural programming related to the Latino community throughout the summer of 2009. Events featuring Greenmarket farmers, Youthmarket displays, TAiNO arts and crafts, and healthy eating and tasting sessions with international foods saw more than 2,000 local school children from the neighborhood participate. Teams of volunteers from Pace University and Pfizer joined Disney VoluntEARS in donating hours of volunteer time weeding, watering, planting and mulching.




Construction photos

Event photos


On Monday, July 11, we launched the “Oh SNAP!” educational campaign with a live mural painting on a Greenmarket, Co. delivery truck. The “Oh SNAP!” campaign was designed to draw attention to the fact that GrowNYC’s network of Greenmarkets accept electronic benefits cards (EBT) and shoppers can use their SNAP benefits to purchase farm-fresh produce from the region’s mid-sized family farmers.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.