How radical gardeners took back New York City

How radical gardeners took back New York City

Seed bombs, the “tree lady of Brooklyn,” and the roots of urban gardening.

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New York City looked a lot different in the 1960s and 1970s. A sharp economic decline and white flight meant there was mass disinvestment and urban decay, particularly in the city’s lower-income neighborhoods. It’s what Hattie Carthan and Liz Christy noticed in their communities when they each set out to revive their neighborhoods by making them greener. Ultimately, their radical acts of gardening would transform the landscape across New York City.

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Learn more about the Hattie Carthan Community Garden and Farmer’s Market: https://www.hattiecarthancommunitymarket.com/

Learn more about the Liz Christy Garden: http://lizchristygarden.us/

Learn more about Karen Washington’s work: https://www.karenthefarmer.com/

Check out the Green Guerillas’ ongoing work: https://www.greenguerillas.org

Learn more about the casita gardens across New York: https://ny.curbed.com/2015/10/1/9915402/inside-the-casitas-of-the-south-bronxs-community-gardens

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50 Comments

  1. Veronica Fitzhugh on October 27, 2021 at 10:11 am

    garden magicians with fabu new york accents. beautiful.

  2. Eileen Davies on October 27, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Very interesting thank you so much for sharing, great video. All the very best frm England

  3. Over Digitize on October 27, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Incredible video and very inspiring! Thank you for bringing awareness to this great movement in NY!

  4. malikas on October 27, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Now this neighborhood is getting gentrified

  5. Syarif Airlangga on October 27, 2021 at 10:13 am

    capitalist hate this …
    they want plant to be raised in laboratory

  6. Monkey Dog on October 27, 2021 at 10:14 am

    I don’t know why people want to remove them. I mean, nobody, absolutely nobody get stressed when they see greenery.

  7. Daniel Marsala on October 27, 2021 at 10:16 am

    E. Houston St.

  8. Gaming Time on October 27, 2021 at 10:18 am

    if they are gonna destroy those beautiful gardens than i will protest with them.

  9. Espeon on October 27, 2021 at 10:19 am

    @vox you should check the guerrilla foresters of beirut (@theotherforest and @theotherdada)

  10. Ben Longwell on October 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Sad Liz died so young. She did what many people never accomplish in life though. She left a legacy.

  11. 1 on October 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Bring back the butterflies!

  12. Jonah Talley on October 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Why am I crying? Hatties story should’ve been taught in school!

  13. Jeffrey Clark on October 27, 2021 at 10:23 am

    This is such an amazing series! Thank you!

  14. Sarit Shull on October 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

    In a world of cruelty that most radical act is kindness

  15. Ioana S on October 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I didn’t know about this. So cool!

  16. Jane Doe on October 27, 2021 at 10:25 am

    I was very honored to be a small part of this movement as a squatter and periodically a garden activist on the Lower East Side from 1988 to 1998. The community bonding around these rich spaces was profound and transformational. Lovely video. At one point after Guilliani wanted to auction them off, Bette Midler stepped in with her conservation foundation to save some of the gardens from development, including I think La Plaza Cultural on E. 9th & C. Thank you for making and posting this wonderful video.

  17. Mihoshika Furude on October 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

    1500 trees over 10 years isn’t that big. I plant more than that in a single year.

  18. californiakayaker N6GRG on October 27, 2021 at 10:29 am

    rudy giuliani , the worst mayor of New York, possibly . Here, we have huge parking lots. The ones with the most trees are the coolest by far. The cheapest corporations making the largest profits generally do not water their parking lot trees !

  19. Romeo Killuminati on October 27, 2021 at 10:30 am

    I need to get with these ppl !! Where they at

  20. mi ola on October 27, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Love that Brooklyn woman.

  21. Aaron Schmidt on October 27, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Really great video!

  22. Toria Martan on October 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Thanks so much

  23. Fox on October 27, 2021 at 10:36 am

    As someone living in a hot city with little amount of green space, whenever I sit in a park it makes me know how important green spaces are to urban ppl. Appreciate the work of these two ladies in the video.

  24. Yummy Mommy on October 27, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Reparations are overdue for REDLINING amongst other things.

  25. Roger Kind on October 27, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I LOVED the seed bomb idea!

  26. Nadya Bykova on October 27, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Great! I consider doing this too

  27. Mihir Kulkarni on October 27, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Amazing

  28. Hạ Nhật on October 27, 2021 at 10:39 am

    This is truly amazing and so inspiring
    Thank you for such wonderful stories <3

  29. qmam on October 27, 2021 at 10:40 am

    I missed the view of the streets where those 1.500 trees were planted.

  30. MrMountain123 on October 27, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Ugh. I can’t imagine how horrible it must be living in a city. I love stepping outside and hearing birds chirping and seeing butterflies and trees and plants. Everyone deserves access to green spaces!

  31. Jacinda on October 27, 2021 at 10:43 am

    This is beautiful and equally tragic. You need these beautiful gardens..but people also need housing and New York really is running out of real-estate. Especially affordable housing.

  32. Linda Lesher on October 27, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Thank Goodness they saved community gardens in NYC!!

  33. Chantal on October 27, 2021 at 10:45 am

    i don’t know why but this video has me choked up, on the verge of tears. it’s so beautiful. i’ve lived in nyc my whole life, but have never participated in a community garden. why not? it’s time i do.

  34. Romeo Killuminati on October 27, 2021 at 10:47 am

    💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

  35. cddjny on October 27, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Fabulous! Kudos to these two urban gardening pioneers! What a wonderful legacy! Please do not forget the legendary Bette Midler who has built upon these ladies work all around NYC!

  36. AvoidTheCadaver on October 27, 2021 at 10:49 am

    So this is basically the commons system that the UK has (or had)
    There are precious few of these in Sydney Australia as well

  37. Nanana Nana on October 27, 2021 at 10:50 am

    ❤️So cool, thanks for hattie and Liz❤️❤️

  38. R School on October 27, 2021 at 10:50 am

    This is so beautiful, it’s makes me emotional ♥️

  39. Carol Z on October 27, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Really, REALLY interesting video. Great job!

  40. Playground boy on October 27, 2021 at 10:52 am

    We’re New Yorkers 👍👍👍. we love green 🌹🌹🌹

  41. Ti C on October 27, 2021 at 10:55 am

    For those who can’t afford some of the supplies, find trees that drop seeds. I started with acorns. Acorns are great, native maple seeds, also take root easily. Both are easy to identify. You can even expand to crab apples. If all fails. Dandelions. They are not native but naturalized and are one of the first flowers to give native bees their first sip of nectar in the spring and a delicious green that many native animals will eat.

  42. Ada Wong on October 27, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I really love this. Everything

  43. Sunday on October 27, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Gardens can save the world

  44. 李恩泽 on October 27, 2021 at 10:56 am

    trees and plants are really important to let us reconnect with nature

  45. R School on October 27, 2021 at 10:58 am

    🌸🌹🌺🌻🌼

  46. Phong Phong on October 27, 2021 at 10:59 am

    I take the subway in New York City daily. Can we New Yorkers have some plants, flowers or any sorts of natural greens in the subway trains, platforms and stations? Please, please, please!!!

    Something Green to look at can make New Yorkers calmer and happier while waiting and riding the NYC subway.

  47. Edwin Paquay on October 27, 2021 at 11:02 am

    This is how its begins…

  48. Evan Crone on October 27, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

  49. ACorgiWithaCrown on October 27, 2021 at 11:05 am

    That housing sure would be nice though…

  50. KMPuter Tech Supplies on October 27, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Am i the only one who saw this and instantly had marijuana come to mind?

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