NYCHA development tenants fight to get community garden back

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UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — A community garden on the Upper West Side has been closed for more than a year and New York City Housing Authority tenants are fighting to get it reopened.

Carmen Quionones, the president of the Douglass Houses, said the community garden once flourished. It sits between one of the 17 buildings at the Douglass houses and the Westside High School.

“It’s been like this for year, so I decided to take it back,” said Quionones.

Quinones said she doesn’t know why the space has been locked up, but shehopes the city will help her bring the green space back to the beautiful garden it once was.

She wants to start a vegetable garden to help feed families hurting during the ongoing pandemic. PIX11 reached out to NYCHA, and they say they are looking into this story. PIX11 will stay on this story.

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