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LYDIA’S MAGIC GARDEN

Information about this lot

Known Use: community garden
Address: 1665 PARK AVENUE, Manhattan, 10035
Area: 0.10 acres (4545 square feet)
Block and Lot: Manhattan, block 1645, lot 3
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 8 represented by Diana Ayala
Community District Manhattan 11 ( amescain.cb11@gmail.com / 212-831-8930 ), district manager: Angel D. Mescain
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

We posted this lot because:

  • The lot is being used as a community garden.
  • In MapPLUTO the city lists this lot's landuse as vacant.
  • In MapPLUTO the city lists this lot's building class as vacant.

Government Agency

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
Contact: GreenThumb Deputy Director Carlos Martinez ((212) 602-5329 / Carlos.Martinez@parks.nyc.gov)

Urban Renewal

This lot is part of the Upper Park Avenue urban renewal plan.

News feed

March 16, 2016, 10:34 a.m.
Oliver Rios posted
Lydia's Magic Garden
Lydia's Magic Garden This photo of Lydia's Magic Garden was taken March of 2015. ©2016 Orios Designs
March 16, 2016, 10:27 a.m.
Oliver Rios posted
Lydia's Magic Garden
Lydia's Magic Garden This photo of Lydia's Magic Garden was taken May of 2015. ©2016 Orios Designs
Feb. 24, 2016, 12:26 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

LYDIA’S MAGIC GARDEN

Lydia’s Magic Garden (LMG), (formerly The Magic Garden) is an East Harlem garden established in 1991 by Lydia Roman. Tired of seeing her community with empty lots of garbage, Roman decided to make a difference by building beautiful gardens. Since the Mid 80’s Lydia has created three lovely gardens that beautify Spanish Harlem. Lydia’s gardens produced organic cabbage, tomatoes, fresh mint, peppers and eggplant, in the summer. Roses, lilies, sunflowers and many other plant life grew plentifully, adding color to the neighborhood. There were two casitas (small houses) for members of the community to relax and enjoy the lovely view. A mural of Puerto Rico’s flag, el Coqui and El Morro’s castle adds a stunning feel to this urban paradise. Kids from local schools visit Lydia’s garden to learn about planting flowers and vegetables.

Due to development, the garden was downsized in 2012. Renovations of Lydia’s Magic Garden were completed at the end of 2014, and it’s members will begin restructuring the garden in the spring of 2015.

Press: oriosdesigns.com/lydiasmagicgarden-press/

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July 10, 2012, 11:10 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This garden is meant to be transferred to Parks. See http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/cpc/090504.pdf