Rally to Save Community Gardens

The New York City Community Garden Coalition marched the steps of City Hall to protest the lack of transparency and community involvement in issuing an RFQ to developers to build affordable housing on "vacant" lots throughout the 5 boroughs that are actually thriving, active community gardens.

 
The NYCCGC believes affordable housing and community gardens are compatible. They advocate for more gardens and more housing, however do not understand why 17 active community gardens were selected as lots to be developed.  They ask Mayor de Blasio to give community members a place at the table to make NYC livable. 
 
In a speech this past January, he said: "We have a duty to protect and preserve the culture and character of our neighborhoods, and we will do so."  We ask the Mayor to honor his sentiment and words.
 
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