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The Creative Little Garden, East Village

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by Eunice (subscribe)
I'm a city girl passionate about travelling, discovering new places and making the most out of my weekends.
Published March 21st 2013
Discover the city's best community garden
In the concrete jungle that is New York City, it is heart-warming to find little gems of greenery dotted amongst the buildings, high rises and congested traffic.

The Creative Little Garden draws you in

Nestled between Avenues A and B in vibrant East Village is the Creative Little Garden, a little piece of tranquility preciously maintained by local volunteers.

During my stay in the East Village I was delighted to stumble upon this little garden. I felt endeared to this garden the moment I stepped inside. You can feel the love that has been painstakingly poured into upkeeping and beautifying this piece of land which is no bigger than the size of an average building.

Birdcages in the garden

Bird cages, fountains, swings, chairs, tables and ornaments decorate every nook and cranny of this little garden. I imagined that city dwellers would come to this garden for a respite from the hustle and bustle, or artists retreating to this quiet space for inspiration.

A place to reflect

A bit of research into this garden revealed that it was once a tenement building until a fire caused the building to be badly burned and demolished in the '70s. The space was then declared a community garden and to this day it has been fiercely protected by locals who see the value in this Creative Little Garden. The New York Daily News has even awarded it the Best Community Garden in May last year.

A gem in the middle of East Village

As I sit in the garden and admire my surroundings, I feel rejuvenated and ready to go out and explore everything that NYC has to offer. The city needs more places like this and you can find out more about how to contribute to this garden here.

A garden full of love and creativity
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Why? Discover a hidden gem in NYC
When: Open daily from 11AM to 6PM with extended late hours in summer
Where: 530 East Sixth Street, New York City
Cost: Free to visit
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