Community Garden Vandalized, Cleaned Up, Then Vandalized Again

  Last modified on March 19th, 2024
87th street community garden

West 87th Street Park & Garden

The West 87th Street Park & Garden is a beloved, bucolic escape for nearby urban dwellers. Located at 55 West 87th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, the green space is free and open to the public, thanks to the hard work of garden committee volunteers.

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The space – which according to GreenThumb spans a bit over 4,000 square feet – comes with tables and chairs, benches, birdbaths, arbors and a playground. It’s played host to Halloween parties, live jazz performances and more.

Sadly, the garden was recently targeted by spray-painting vandals who first graffitied its walls (and wooden bench) on Friday, May 26.

West 87th Street Park & Garden

West 87th Street Park & Garden

That very weekend, a garden volunteer bought a can of paint and painted over the mess, restoring the small park to its previous form.

West 87th Street Park & Garden

But on June 12, the vandals struck again.

West 87th Street Park & Garden

The volunteer also tells us that last week, tables and umbrellas were vandalized; it looks like they were burnt with a lighter.

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In the last couple months, block residents have frequently spotted groups of high school kids smoking pot in the family-friendly garden. The larger issue is that when they leave, trash is everywhere.

Given the “End of Year 2023” inscription, the volunteer we spoke with is assuming it’s pot-smoking seniors responsible for the damage.

We asked if they’ve considered installing a security camera or filing a police report. There’s a meeting scheduled for July 15, at which time several items including these will be discussed.

In the meantime, the West 87th Street Park & Garden could use extra hands during their upcoming work days: Sunday, July 9 and Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you’re available to help with some garden work (weeding, raking, etc.), please email 87thstreetgardennyc@gmail.com.


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