Green Thumb Turns 45

Did you know this year is GreenThumb’s 45th Anniversary?

GreenThumb is celebrating 45 years of support for the city’s robust network of community gardens. These gardens have come a long way in 45 years—from turning empty lots into open space in the midst of the city’s worst financial crisis to the thriving spaces New York sees today. In partnership between GreenThumb and thousands of volunteers, the community gardens are stronger than ever and still at the forefront of community activism. They provide health and shade, copious food, music, art, and a feeling of togetherness and a shared mission.

Gardeners show off their cabbages at a garden in Harlem on 128th Street, circa 1980s. 

During this special year, GreenThumb is highlighting community garden contributions and recognizing some longstanding gardens that have been an important part of the New York City landscape. Visit our special 45 Years of GreenThumb page on our website to explore these community gardens and find out how you can get involved!


Free Uptown Shakespeare in the Park: Malvolio
Join the Classical Theatre of Harlem at the historic Mount Morris Park for its summer production, Malvolio. The play—written by Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence Betty Shamieh and directed by Ian Belknap & Ty Jones—is a comedy sequel inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The event is free and open to the public.  8:30 pm