Generation X Cultural Garden

270 East 4th Street
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Founded in 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


This garden is under the jurisdiction of NYC Parks and supported by GreenThumb, the nation's largest urban gardening program. If you are interested in joining, starting, or supporting a community garden, contact NYC Parks GreenThumb

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  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets and Farmstands, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Zero Waste

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

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

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.