Under the Tracks and Off the Grid, Urban Garden Center Rises Up | Edible Manhattan

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The March day before explosions shook East Harlem, Dimitri Gatanas, proprietor of the Urban Garden Center on Park Avenue from 116th to 118th, said, “everybody is subject to things, and obstacles and destruction and happiness and good things. We just have to learn how to deal with them, that’s it.”

The following day, Manhattan’s largest garden center had a front-row seat to destruction; it was shut down for weeks while used as a staging area for rescue and then investigation. But the two-year-old center indeed learned to deal with it. At press time the much-more-than-a-store was about to reopen and, by the time you’re reading this, will again be serving the community in more ways than one.

Since opening in East Harlem two years ago, the Urban Garden Center UGC has been an oasis in the food desert. The go-to spot for urban gardening pros, hobbyists and beginners from across the boroughs, it’s a scarce resource for everything from seeds and soil to plants and planters. Beyond that, it’s a community hub serving education, entertainment and fresh eats along the way.

Read more: Under the Tracks and Off the Grid, Urban Garden Center Rises Up.

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