Walk around the East Village Parks and you’ll find the most unique and bizarre public spaces that bring art and nature to Manhattan’s East Side.
The East Village Parks Conservancy was set up as a not-for-profit, community based organization of volunteers who are committed to the care, restoration and expansion of the East Village public park land. Building upon a local heritage of diversity and community activism, they work in partnership with the government, community organizations and businesses to ensure that green spaces survive and prosper in the East Side.
One of the best examples of the East Village Parks is the award winning Creative Little Garden on E 6th Street between Avenue A & Avenue B. Described as “an oasis of tranquility in New York’s East Village,” its an example of how New Yorkers can make the most out of any space, no matter how small it is. Opened in 1982 on the site of a former tenement building that burned down, this 24-by-100-foot garden, features a winding birch-chip path, bird houses, eight sculptures, a waterfall, and a wide variety of flowers and plants.
Another interesting park is El Sol Brillante Sr on the South Side of E 12th St between Avenue A and B. Apparently it was once a popular place for drug deals and muggers, it has now been converted into a lush garden with a crazy wrought iron fence of birds and animals .
But the most unusual park is La Plaza Cultural’s garden on the corner of Avenue C. Rolando Politi’s trash art or “trash worship” of flowers made from bottle caps, plastic cups and aluminum cans adorns the fence surrounding the park. Slightly wacko but actually very cool, you have to see it to believe it.