Those of us here at HarlemCondoLife were deeply saddened to learn that Urban Garden Center located directly across the street from the 2 buildings that exploded and collapsed in East Harlem experienced extensive damage. Luckily none of their staff were hurt in the blast but they did lose friends and many who were seriously hurt. I think we all join them with our deep sympathies in this devastating tragedy. These older buildings have to be made secure so that people can feel safe in their homes. This should have never happened and precautions must be taken so that it will not happen in the future.
So now in the aftermath we can help our neighbors. We here at the blog love this local business Urban Garden Center and visit them each year for plants in our homes as well as our common roof deck garden in the summertime. They’ve always been very neighborly and friendly. Please visit their “help” page created by Dimitri Gatanas and if possible do what you can to help out this local business. It is businesses such as these which make Harlem and our community so great. We hope that Dimitri and the crew at Urban Garden Center are rebuilding and back to normal soon just in time for Spring/Summer planting.
photo by Susan Cohan circa Spring 2013
Here is the link Urban Garden Center. Please repost / retweet and if you are able, contribute to their gofundme account.
photo by the Associated Press via the Washington Post March 12, 2014
Read more here…
“On Wednesday March 12, 2014, we began our day like any other day under the MTA viaduct on East 116th St. and Park Avenue. What we never expected to ever happen, became our reality. An explosion blew up two neighborbing buildings directly across from our retail shop. We weredirectly in the ‘line of fire’ and suffered a lot of damage. Luckily, none of our staff was hurt in the blast. We did, however, lose friends and many are seriously hurt.
While we are thankful for being spared, the timing of this disaster has made our ability to open in time for spring questionable. We continue to endure a long and blistery winter. This made for slower than expected sales. The need for resources are more important than ever. We personally invested into the preparation of spring, which most of the work has been blown away from the explosion. Spring is the most important season for our business and not opening in the next couple of weeks will seriously impact our ability to stay in business….. continue reading“)
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Just when you thought that there was no more room for new real estate in Harlem, there’s something new going up @ 306 West 116th street, adjacent to the Garden of Love. It’s also in the backyards of the owners of apartments at the Livmor condominiums. Sadly enough the lot also trimmed the size of the Garden of Love by 50%. In any event, we are anxious to see what kind of building, service or amenity will soon spring in Harlem.
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By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
The 5th Annual Harlem Community Gardens Tour, will take place on Saturday, July 31 (rain date Sunday, August 1) from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The Tour will begin with breakfast in the Joseph Daniel Wilson Community Garden at 219 West 122nd Street and the last stop will be at the William A. Harris Garden on 153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, where Tourists will experience a traditional, home-style Harlem barbecue.
Harlem gardens are all managed by community volunteers and are among New York City’s most extraordinary and best-kept secrets. Tourists (and locals) will discover an amazing variety of trees, vegetables, herbs and flowers as well as ponds, gazebos, rain-water harvesting systems, and more. The gardens are host to people of all ages.
For more information about this event, call (212) 662-2878 or (917) 288-8053. To find your own community garden, go to www.greenthumbnyc.org.
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