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.
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 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.
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.