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Comelade
November 15th, 2007, 12:23 PM
http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/5127/amedee001qs0.jpg


Pendant mon dernier voyage à New York (Mi Octobre) je suis passé par le Maggie's Garden, malheureusement il etait fermé. Alors j'ai pris cette photo à la grille avec Amedée

During my last trip to New York (in October) I passed by the Maggie's Garden, unfortunately, it was closed. So I took this picture in the grid with Amedée

lofter1
November 15th, 2007, 05:53 PM
I like that alot ^

Thanks, Comelade (and Amedée)

infoshare
November 15th, 2007, 09:46 PM
Beau manteau Amedee.

lofter1
November 15th, 2007, 11:48 PM
For newcomers to the forum:

Maggie's Garden (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9093) is a site in upper Manhattan where a late forum member, TLOZ Link5 (J. B. Hehman), is remembered.

No doubt that JB (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=82365&postcount=10) whould have gotten a kick out of Amedee's visit (although it wasn't the first time Amedee visited Maggie's Garden (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=98275&postcount=262)).

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Merry
November 16th, 2007, 07:37 AM
That's lovely, thank you for the remembrance, Comelade.

BrooklynRider
November 18th, 2007, 10:33 PM
There is something very comforting about seeing that photo of Amedee at the garden.

I agree with Merry. It is very heart-warming to see the remembrance.

:)

Gulcrapek
June 15th, 2010, 10:34 PM
June 2010... nice and grown out.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4704575071_8f6cf7fc71_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/4704572875_f0010f2e3c_b.jpg

Ninjahedge
June 16th, 2010, 07:52 AM
It's been a while, hasn't it.......

Merry
June 16th, 2010, 09:14 AM
WOW, that's beautiful! It looks so serene. It's nice to be back there.

Thanks for sharing the photos, Gulcrapek.

lofter1
June 16th, 2010, 09:57 AM
Sure is more lush than when we saw it back in the Spring of 2006. How has JB's tree fared? We planted it way in the back, and can't be seen in the photos.

NYatKNIGHT
June 21st, 2010, 04:41 PM
Excellent update Gul, thank you. It's a very pretty garden.

Taz
April 3rd, 2011, 04:42 PM
Wasn't there a banner with JB's face and a quote from one of his posts on it?

lofter1
April 4th, 2011, 08:38 AM
The day of the planting back in May 2006 a banner was put up on the fence outside Maggie's garden.

12681

A plaque with the same image & quote was installed inside the Garden.

Ninjahedge
April 4th, 2011, 12:57 PM
Where's my time machine.... :(

Taz
April 4th, 2011, 01:00 PM
The day of the planting back in May 2006 a banner was put up on the fence outside Maggie's garden.

12681

A plaque with the same image & quote was installed inside the Garden.

It's been 5 years and I haven't gotten myself up there yet. Party because of severe allergies that go into full swing right around the time everything starts to bloom, and partly because I'm not sure I want to.

UnknownGirl
April 5th, 2011, 02:32 AM
It's been 5 years and I haven't gotten myself up there yet...partly because I'm not sure I want to.

*hugs you* I don't get up there too often, but if you decide going would be easier with a friend, let me know and I'll make the time. Or I can give you a buzz if I decide to make the trip (which I might in the next few weeks).

lofter1
April 5th, 2011, 02:19 PM
If anyone does make it up there and can take photos and post them here it would be appreciated.

Taz
April 5th, 2011, 07:39 PM
*hugs you* I don't get up there too often, but if you decide going would be easier with a friend, let me know and I'll make the time. Or I can give you a buzz if I decide to make the trip (which I might in the next few weeks).

Check your messages.

Taz
April 5th, 2011, 07:40 PM
If anyone does make it up there and can take photos and post them here it would be appreciated.

I'm gonna TRY to get up there soon. Baseball starts for me this weekend and my schedule is going to get crazy, but I'm gonna try.

Merry
April 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Maggie Burnett's Remarkable Garden

By RALPH GARDNER JR.

http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/NY-AX147_GARDNE_G_20110419173817.jpg Maggie Burnett turned a vacant lot frequented by drug dealers into a community garden in Harlem.

In a cab at around Broadway and 130th Street, a neighborhood I'm not that familiar with, I glanced up from my BlackBerry and told myself, "You ought to look around." Harlem used to be terra incognita to many New Yorkers, no less frightening, with its crime and drugs, than the edge of the world was to ancient mariners.

Fortunately, much of that has changed in recent years with better policing and the waning of the crack epidemic. But just as important in Harlem's recovery has been the role of its citizens, such as Maggie Burnett, who last week received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the thousands of hours she's spent over several decades transforming a vacant lot on 149th Street into a jewel-like community garden. Since the late '90s her efforts have been aided by the New York Restoration Project, Bette Midler's nonprofit dedicated to the city's open spaces.

When the cab pulled over to the curb and the driver pointed up the block, telling me the address I gave him was between Broadway and Amsterdam, I felt some of the apprehensions from the old days—that is, until I appreciated how welcoming the block looked. And in the middle of it stood the wrought-iron-gated garden, now called Maggie's Garden, and the gardener who deserves much of the credit for transforming her street, and the surrounding neighborhood, from a shooting gallery into a model of what can happen when local citizens have the courage to take a stand.

"They threatened me," Ms. Burnett, the superintendent of a building just up the street, said of the drug dealers who wanted to take over the vacant lot where, in the '80s, she spent her days cleaning up garbage and planting a vegetable garden. "But that didn't stop me, because I was determined. I've got a lot of faith. It gave me strength to go on."

Ms. Burnett pointed at several handsome brownstones directly across the street. "These three buildings were infested with drug dealers. Every week it was somebody getting killed. I had seen homicides there twice in two days.

"I had a part of a fence at the front gate," she went on, crediting both the Sanitation Department for removing the debris she gathered and the 30th Precinct for cracking down on crime. "I got a chain and some locks were donated to me. The drug dealers did their best to take over. I didn't give up and they didn't give up. My sister, a lot of people, told me I was crazy. I guess I inherited that from my mother—she was a fighter her whole life."

Ms. Burnett, who when asked her age said, "I'll say about 67," moved to New York from South Carolina when she was a teenager and has lived in the neighborhood ever since. She planted a vegetable patch that produced cabbages, tomatoes and cucumbers, but much of the space apparently remained a weed lot. In fact, a rooster and hen moved in; where they came from she doesn't know.

"I woke up one morning and the rooster started crowing," she said. "The hen laid the eggs and hatched the chickens. I was so proud of the chickens I wouldn't take the eggs."
The birds were hardly her most remarkable visitors. She remembers receiving a phone call from a gentleman one day in the late '90s. "He said, 'You may not know me, but I know you. I'm at your garden spot. I've got somebody who wants to meet you.'

"I said, 'Who is it?'" Ms. Burnett remembered of that chilly morning.

"He said, 'Put on a jacket and come on.' There was a van parked out front. That's when he introduced me to Bette Midler. We shook hands and she said, 'Maggie, we've come to give you a helping hand for your garden.' I said, 'Are you kidding?' I'll never forget that.

"She said, 'No. Tomorrow morning at 6 o'clock you will hear tractors and trucks coming in here.' I said, 'Oh, thank god!' I couldn't sleep that night; I was wondering whether it was true. Sure enough, six o'clock that morning, I heard these Caterpillar trucks, because I was already up."

Mayor Giuliani had decided to sell more than 100 community gardens, including Ms. Burnett's, to developers. But a consortium of groups, including Ms. Midler's, stepped in and over the next few weeks, with the help of garden designer Billie Cohen and AmeriCorps volunteers, transformed the 35- by 100-foot lot into an urban oasis with paths, seating areas, an arbor and a water source. "They put all the shrubs," Ms. Burnett said, motioning around the now full, lush garden where the magnolias were starting to bloom. "They were very small."

The space was officially dedicated in 2002, with both Ms. Midler and former President Bill Clinton in attendance. "At the ceremony President Clinton was shaking hands through the fence," Ms. Burnett said proudly. "People were standing on the fire escapes."

The garden felt inviting even on an overcast and unseasonably cool spring day, with stone benches bearing the names of New York Restoration Project donors. But it nonetheless remains a steadfastly neighborhood cause. "I get help," Ms. Burnett said of NYRP, "but I like to do a lot of things myself. I don't look to them for everything."

There's a religious statue in memory of a neighbor who worked side by side with Ms. Burnett on the garden ("I let it stay there in remembrance of him"); a grill hidden behind a hedge at the back of the garden where people barbeque in summer; a rose bush that preceded the garden's transformation and was replanted alongside the front gate ("When it blooms you can see the roses to the top—everybody calls it a rose tree," the Presidential medal recipient explained); and raised boxes for growing vegetables. "Last year we had squash, okra, pepper, cucumber and beefsteak tomatoes," Ms. Burnett boasted.

"It made the entire community better," she reflected, "because before the garden people were flopping all over the sidewalk, they'd urinate everywhere. The drugs were just that bad. We have decent people in this neighborhood now. They want a clean neighborhood and work to keep it clean. They come into the garden and feel very comfortable."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703922504576273003560771240.html?m od=WSJ_NY_RealEstate_MIDDLE_LSMini

infoshare
April 21st, 2011, 08:06 AM
As I recall, we at WNY donated funds for a memorial plaque for JB, or was it only a tree planting, either way I am left wondering why no mention of his memorial in this article. The garden looks very lush and has grown out well - maybe the plaque has disappeared under the growth of ivy.

I will try to go over there some time this summer: I live only a few blocks away from the garden.

MidtownGuy
May 12th, 2011, 11:22 AM
If the plaque has been overgrown with ivy, Maggie needs to get out her pruning shears or one of us can go trim it.

I was sad to read so much detail in the article about the garden (a statue, a rose bush, a vegetable list...), and yet no mention of TLOZ.

Ninjahedge
May 12th, 2011, 11:39 AM
Speaking of which....

Is it too morbid to see if we could include a small plaque for Zen?

tone99loc
March 27th, 2014, 05:38 PM
Ninjahedge - I know I'm a little late in reply here but I think doing something for Zen is a great idea. Has anybody been up there recently?

BTW, I uploaded one of the news clips at the time (from CBS) onto YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chUtA41gm6E I think I have the NBC video on my computer also... I haven't been to Maggie's Garden since sometime in 2007, I'm so sad to say. But I do plan on going there this spring to check it out.

Ninjahedge
March 30th, 2014, 05:29 PM
It has been a long while 99...

Gulcrapek
August 20th, 2014, 07:44 PM
8/20/14

http://i.imgur.com/fHYwDjz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/RZZO4Pi.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ctbl6DM.jpg

kz1000ps
December 4th, 2014, 12:58 PM
Thanks for these pic, Gulcrapek. I live right by here now and am gonna swing by in a few days.

Gulcrapek
December 24th, 2014, 11:29 PM
I just realized this morning I can see the garden from my bathroom window. I'm an idiot.

stache
December 25th, 2014, 10:19 AM
Happy holiday!

Gulcrapek
February 7th, 2015, 09:31 PM
Snowy in the back.

http://i.imgur.com/xh8MzR8.jpg

Taz
February 17th, 2015, 11:31 PM
Man, all these years later and I've still never been to Maggie's. I can't believe it's coming up on 9 years, I really oughta make it a priority to get there.

infoshare
February 18th, 2015, 07:25 PM
Man, all these years later and I've still never been to Maggie's. I can't believe it's coming up on 9 years, I really oughta make it a priority to get there.

Try to find out when they are open before you make the trip. I live a few blocks away, and have passed by there many times: I recall the only 'once' seeing the garden open - the gates are closed and locked most of the time.

I am not particularly upset by that: but it does seem a bit odd to me that a 'community' garden is generally inaccessible to the community.

Perhaps we can all get to know 'Gulcrapek' and come over to his place to view the garden from his apartment window.......LOL