100th Street and Madison Avenue
East Harlem, Manhattan
Founded in 2007
GrowNYC partnered with the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) Foundation to bring this beautiful green gem to fruition. GrowNYC & MSLO worked with the Residents Association at Carver Houses to design and build the garden located in NYCHA's George Washington Carver (GWC) Houses on Madison Ave. and 100th Street.
Tony Bielaczyc from MSLO's Garden Dept laid out the design which was well received by the residents and NYCHA management. The original site is a large open area bordered by mature London Plane trees that was formerly a basketball court and impromptu football field.
The Garden for Living was dedicated in September 2007. Benches and trash receptacles donated fromJanus et Cie, were showcased at the opening. In November, volunteers from the community and MSLO planted 4,300 bulbs donated by Brent & Becky's Bulbs in and around the garden. A stainless steel sculpture with red discs that twirl in the wind by Roger Phillips titled Apple Tree, watches over the garden just across the path. It was made possible by the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation.