City dwellers have culture, museums, libraries, shops, business opportunities and eateries. But, one thing that can be in definite short supply is greenery. Houses with a yard are rare as the dodo, if to be found at all. And places with a rooftop garden, or other natural hideaway, even good natural lighting? Good luck being the one to score that one in a million opportunity. Because of this ubiquitous reality, parks and other natural communal areas of green can be life-affirming and a downright necessity for some urbanites. New York City, with its walk-ups and cramped studios, is not blessed with an endless array of such parks. But, it does have an often under-utilized, or appreciated, and also free option for those that want to smell growing things and simply watch the grass grow; community gardens. Throughout the five boroughs, there are about 600 of these quiet and intimate spaces, generally converted lots, maintained by volunteers, possibly offering organic produce, or herbs. For New York urbanites that want to do something different that brings them back to nature and neighbor hanging out with neighbor, these areas can be a godsend.
- When one is living in New York City one has the tendency to be constantly doing negotiations with his neighbors for spaces.
- An apartment that has natural light is a difficult process to get in New York and for one to get something with a backyard much more difficult.
- The author states that he is not opposed to space constrained spaces because he is from Singapore which is a country with a dense population.
“What I yearned most for while living in Williamsburg was to sit among trees and people, but not have to go to Central Park to do so. When a park is a 30-minute subway ride away, chances are I’m not going. I wanted to be in my own community.”