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Saint Nicholas Miracle Garden

Information about this lot

Known Use: community green space
Address: 330 ST NICHOLAS AVENUE, Manhattan, 10027
Area: 0.04 acres (1596 square feet)
Block and Lot: Manhattan, block 1953, lot 44
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 9 represented by Kristin Richardson Jordan
Community District Manhattan 10 ( / 212.749.3105 ), district manager: Andrew Lassalle
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 green space.
  • Neighbors got access to it with the help of 596 Acres.
  • 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)


This land is being stewarded by the following group:


Our goal is to create an urban garden with a strong public presence on a well-trafficked corridor in Central Harlem, just off of the famed 125th Street. The St. Nicholas Garden will take advantage of its location to become both an environmental asset for the neighborhood, and a part of our community members’ lives. The garden will promote greening and environmental awareness, and serve to educate our neighbors and children in the community about gardening, healthy eating, and sustainable living. In addition, the garden’s compact size and dense urban context gives us the opportunity to promote vertical urban gardening and test innovative methods for maximizing space and resources.

Benefits to our Harlem community:
Greening and activation of vacant, underutilized land in the community
The opportunity, space, and sharing of resources that allow community members to grow healthy food or plants for the neighborhood’s beautification
Provide a highly visible and easily accessible (by walking, bike, or public transportation) place for community-focused environmental awareness, health and education
Provide a location for the safe and managed collection and reuse of organic waste, reducing the burden on the City’s waste stream
Provide a place for small-scale neighborhood gatherings and activities focused on urban environment, health, and community.

News feed

May 15, 2013, 11:35 p.m.
Kaitlin said


May 14, 2013, 7:58 p.m.
Amanda said

We officially have our Green Thumb license!!!!

May 13, 2013, 2:20 p.m.
Amanda said

Our next work day will be Sunday May 19th from 11am to 5pm to build planters.

May 1, 2013, 11:33 a.m.
Amanda said

Documents have been submitted to Green Thumb and waiting to be official!!

Also had a story published in the Columbia Spectator

April 28, 2013, 9:23 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We got this awesome note from an organizer today: "The lot got moved to parks and rec and we got the paperwork for the Green Thumb license for a 4 year renewable lease. We are on the agenda for the CB 10 parks meeting on May 10. Holding meetings twice a week in preparation for our next work days May 18-19."

April 22, 2013, 9:26 a.m.
Amanda said

We made great progress this weekend on the lot and talked to a lot of people from the community who are excited to have a garden on the block.

We now have a website and are on g+, Facebook, twitter, and flicker. Will soon be on foursquare and pinterest.

We were awarded $500 from the Manhattan Composting grant and can now starting planning out the compost center.

April 17, 2013, 7:56 p.m.
Amanda said

Got an article published about the garden in the NY Daily News

April 17, 2013, 5:15 p.m.
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article with the history of the garden site
April 15, 2013, 9:39 a.m.
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Sign advertising our first work days
April 11, 2013, 1:03 p.m.
Amanda said

We have raised over $1,000 on ioby and are ready for our first work days April 20th & 21st from 11am-4pm. Day 1 we will be cleaning the lot and day 2 we will building the vertical garden and setting up a rain barrel.

April 1, 2013, 3:17 p.m.
Amanda said

Meeting will be at 2pm April 7th on the vacant lot; 330 Saint Nicholas Ave.

March 22, 2013, 7:18 p.m.
Amanda said

Our next garden meeting will be Sunday April 7th, location TBD. Plan on going over garden bylaws and planning for phase 1 (vertical garden).

Have a survey out to see what people are interested in doing and the types of plants that should be in the garden.

We are still waiting for official approval/license, but GreenThumb has submitted our request and it is under review.

March 22, 2013, 5:18 p.m.
Daniel said

The Manhattan Borough President's Office has a grant for community projects, including around parks. Organizer's may be interested:

March 15, 2013, 9:41 a.m.
Meeting this weekend said

Hi all, the organizing group is meeting this Saturday, March 16th at the Balton (apartment building), 127th St & St Nicholas Ave, from 12-2pm.

For more info see:

Please be sure to think of what types of plants you would like to see in the garden.


  • Garden name's

  • Garden plan (containers, plants)

  • Determine phase implementation

  • Next steps: budget

March 12, 2013, 12:40 a.m.
Justin said

The only response we got back was to contact Green Thumb to get a license
for use the site as a garden - we have no other info on long-term plans.
There is a development site (3 vacant lots) owned by an LLC to the south,
the area is zoned for medium-high density residential, so it
will likely develop at some point. Whether the city were to sell the DCAS
parcel to an adjoining developer (or just the development rights) would
remain to be seen. HPD controls the other lot around the corner; and there
are two other good size gardens on this block, on the 126th Street side.

On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 12:27 AM, 596 Acres Lot 1019530044 <> wrote:

March 12, 2013, 12:27 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Awesome! What did DCAS actually tell you about plans for this lot?

March 12, 2013, 12:24 a.m.
Justin said

We had a good meeting and have put together a mission and submitted a concept plan and other materials to Green Thumb. We are hopeful that we will get a quick approval and can begin work soon. See link for some local blog coverage:

Another meeting is planned for March 16/17th. People can email stnickgarden [at] for more info.

March 11, 2013, 11:25 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

How was the meeting?

Feb. 23, 2013, 4:54 p.m.
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Feb. 23, 2013, 1:32 p.m.
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Feb. 23, 2013, 1:31 p.m.
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Feb. 21, 2013, 12:44 p.m.
Amanda said is the email I am using to contact and communicate to everyone. I set up a calender so it is easy to see when meetings are and who is invited.

Feb. 21, 2013, 10:34 a.m.
Amanda said

Meeting moved to Saturday March 2nd at 1pm.

Feb. 21, 2013, 8:32 a.m.
Amanda said

We will be holding a meeting Sunday March 3rd at 1pm at the FlopHouse. Still trying to get in contact with Edie Stone at GreenThumb.

Feb. 20, 2013, 10:44 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Seems like it's time to have a meeting and make some plans for the spring! Can someone on this list host?

Feb. 11, 2013, 1:07 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

That is EXTREMELY promising! Here's what GreenThumb will ask you for:

  • The names of 2 Primary gardeners + (at least) a list of ten volunteers (full contact info);

  • A letter from the Community Board in support of the project and group;

  • A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden; and

  • A proposal letter describing the community & the project with a mission/ vision statement listing benefits to the community & a sketch or rendering

  • List of partners/sponsors/endorsers (including churches, school, local business, city agencies, etc)

Also see this new page on the GreenThumb website:

Feb. 11, 2013, 12:59 p.m.
Amanda said

I found out Edie Stone from GreenThumb/NYC Parks and Recreation is the person to talk to but she is out on vacation until Feb 19th.

Feb. 6, 2013, 10:58 a.m.
Amanda said

Got a response back from Debbie to contact Randy Fong and left a voice mail.

Feb. 4, 2013, 11:47 a.m.
Amanda said

I emailed Debbie Kadir and found out that Jennine Ventura no longer works for DCAS. Next week I will call Debbie's office if I do not get a reply back.

Feb. 4, 2013, 11:36 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

The first step is getting permission. Try calling Debbie Kadir, whose contact info is above, to express your interest and find out if the agency has plans for the lot. And also this person:
Jennine Ventura | DCAS Intergovernmental Affairs
(212) 386-0241 |

Write a note here about how your calls go!

Feb. 4, 2013, 10:55 a.m.
Amanda said

Paula, did you need any assistance in getting the lot ready for use?

Jan. 15, 2013, 12:01 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Something strange is happening here and we are working to fix it! So sorry!!!

Jan. 15, 2013, 11:44 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

It seems like there is a lot interest here - is it time for a meeting in front of the lot to plan for spring?

Oct. 16, 2012, 12:50 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Sorry about that - all fixed now!

Oct. 16, 2012, 12:33 p.m.
Nick Pinto said

Hi, I'm a reporter at the Village Voice interested in talking to some of the people interested in making plans for this lot. Drop me an email at or call at 917.312.9465 if you'd be willing to talk!

Aug. 12, 2012, 11:39 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

A good first step is to call the City Agency and ask about their plans for the lot. Here are some tips for your call:

July 7, 2012, 2:32 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We put a sign on this lot today! It's a beauty!