Garden People’s Garden

By Sabrina  |  February 8, 2013  |  Points of Interest

This well-loved community garden is located between 90th and 91st Streets on the Promenade level of Riverside Park. The Garden People got their start in 1977 at a location on 96th Street and Broadway under the auspices of the West 97-98 Streets Block Association. In 1981, when the existing garden was bulldozed to make way for a new building, the City of New York permitted community members to re-establish the flower garden at its current spot in Riverside Park. Throughout the 1980s, a period when all of Riverside Park showed the strain of years of budget cuts, the Garden People brought activity, color and life to the Park.

The garden’s renown reached beyond the neighborhood when it was used as a backdrop in the final scene of the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Today approximately 40 volunteers tend individual plots within the garden. In 2011, the Garden People celebrated 30 years of flourishing in Riverside Park.