Save Mandela Community Garden

Nelson Mandela Garden is a vibrant, emerging community garden. For 30 years it sat empty attracting crime and debris. 3 years ago a group of dedicated members of the Harlem community petitioned the local community board for access. After collecting hundreds of signatures and letters of support from community leaders, it was unanimously endorsed by CB 10. Scores of volunteers from all over the city began a year long process of de-paving it by hand. Last summer it blossomed into a dedicated pollinator garden filled with thousands of native North American flowers.  We serve the community by creating a focal point where New Yorkers young, old of all creeds and colors collaborate to create a better city for everybody. We pass on to the next generation the value of community engagement and service. We serve the environment by restoring the aquifer and curating a unique environment that supports bio-diversity. Now it has been targeted for development by the reigning administration. With no notice it has been promised to a developer to build “affordable” housing that consists of condominiums that will be economically inaccessible to the vast majority of citizens in the surrounding neighborhood. There are over 500 truly vacant lots in NYC and thousands of city owned abandoned buildings. With luxury housing rising everywhere in Harlem and open space vanishing we do not feel that destroying this garden reflects the values of our neighborhood. Please do not crush this nascent initiative.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio
  • State Senator
    Bill Perkins


    Nelson Mandela Community Garden started this petition with a single signature, and now has 259 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.