Spring Awakening 2024

Join us for our Spring Awakening Celebration Saturday. April 20. We are meeting at 11:30am at El Sol Brillante, 522 E.12th St between A & B. Our parade steps off at Noon with our Tree Goddess, Batala, Stiltwalkers and more. 

The parade will travel east on 12th St, south on Avenue C, west of E.6th St, north on Avenue A and enter Tompkins Square Park at 7th St, meander through the park and end on Avenue B and 9th St.

There will be many greening groups representing on Avenue B.
From 3:30–5:30 pm free pony rides will be available for kids.

At 2:30 on Avenue B Isabel Estrada-Jamison’s group will perform Afro-Cuban folklore and Rumba.

From 3:00–4:30 pm a garden tour will be led by Magali Regis, meeting at 9th St & Ave B.

There are other Spring Awakening events happening in various gardens throughout the day. This schedule is still in flux, so these times are approximations.

At 1:30pm, DeColores, 311 E.8th St ( B & C) is hosting a meeting to introduce the migrants to the community gardens, followed by a short tour of the gardens.

La Plaza Cultural ( SW corner of 9th & C)

2 PM: Elika Healing Bowls

2:30 PM : Bubblez

3pm: Poetry featuring Sparrow, Truffles, David Carter, Flip Marinovich, Jill Rappaport and Bob Holman

4pm  : Christopher Thomas

430pm : Bartho

5PM Open Jam with Ali Bishop (from the HAven Jam)

6 pm NORY

6:30 Sylvain Leroux & Sources

7:30 Kid Java

Lower Eastside Girls Club

Here is the RSVP link, to the Planetarium Shows but walk-ins are OK.


Pancho’s Garden (formerly 9C garden, NE corner of 9th & C) will have a memorial for gardeners who passed away in the last year, hosted by GreenThumb.
2023 In Memoriam for GreenThumb community gardeners who passed away at Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Community Garden

UPDATES to Follow!!!


Theater Workshop and Performance!! LA PLAZA 6:15-7:15 pm

Performance by The Commons Choir:

UPON HUMANS is a multifaceted project by The Commons Choir that includes auditory and somatic performance and educational components.

As an archeology of the Kassandra myth, UPON HUMANS utilizes the Faïn/Kocik Prosodic Body voice and movement methodology to unwind the curse of denial, giving renewed significance to contemporary prophetesses. Confronting the disregard of the warning signs from those with scientific and intuitive foresight, this project proposes ways to restore the relationship between our miraculous yet fragile interdependence with the planet.

This performance is part of a series of SEED BOMBS, an emergent program articulating the larger, durational project UPON HUMANS. Designed as an event series, SEED BOMBS will introduce the overall project and explore its broad themes. 

The performance features two performers, dancer Samantha Lysaght, and juggler Luther Bangert.

The 12th Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival

THE 12TH ANNUAL LUNGS HARVEST ATS FESTIVAL 2023 starts with an Opening Night Party, Friday, September 29, 6:30 pm and runs through Sunday, October 8, 2023.


Community gardens throughout the Lower East Side and East Village will be participating.

Schedule changes to Saturday 10/7 & Sunday 10/8 >>
Outline of All Activitiesquick OUTLINE & DIRECTORY of events, go here.

Entire Schedule — detailed version with all of the descriptions, flyers, and images, go here.

Harvest Arts Festival section >>


Critical Environmental Area

Two bills have been introduced in the New York State Legislature for a vote – calling for community gardens to be designated as Critical Environmental Areas
Both bills have the same wording and purpose which read in part as follows: 

Requires the community gardens task force [of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets] to conduct an assessment of all community gardens located on publicly owned land in the state to facilitate each garden’s designation as a critical environmental area. 

A Critical Environmental Area (CEA) is a geographic area with exceptional or unique character with respect to one or more of the following: 

  • a benefit or threat to human health
  • natural setting such as fish and wildlife habitat, forest and vegetation, open space, and areas of important aesthetic or scenic quality; 
  • agricultural, social, cultural, historic, archeological, recreational, or educational values; or 
  • an inherent ecological, geological, or hydrological sensitivity that may be adversely affected by any change. 

On Monday,  the State Senate passed CEA Bill S629A.

Now Assembly Bill A4139A is before the members of the State Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee.

Assembly Bill A4139A calls for a regulatory Process by which community gardens can be officially designated as CEAs.

When passed this will raise the “environmental impact review process” bar in order to help preserve & protect community gardens as CEAs. 

Both bills have the same wording and purpose which read in part as follows: 

Requires the community gardens task force [of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets] to conduct an assessment of all community gardens located on publicly owned land in the state to facilitate each garden’s designation as a critical environmental area. 

The State Senate bill was sponsored by State Senator Leroy Comrie. He represents the 14th Senatorial District of Queens 

The State Assembly bill (A4139A) is sponsored by State Assemblymember Donna A. Lupardo and co-sponsored by State Assemblymember Steven B. Raga

Assemblymember Lupardo is the Chair of the Agriculture Committee She represents the 123rd Assembly District, which includes  Binghamton,  Vestal, and Union, the villages of Johnson City,  and Endicott 


Assemblymember Raga represents the 30th Assembly District of Woodside, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Jackson Heights, Astoria, and Middle Village. 


The Assembly bill A4139A is currently in the committee review phase before the very powerful Assembly Ways and Means CommitteeThis is the link where you can see information regarding the status of the Assembly bill: 

Please visit by email, phone or in person, the members of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, including the Committee Chair, Helene E. Weinstein, in order to communicate yoursupport for the Critical Environmental Areas Designation of community gardens along  

Albany Office: Legislative Office Building, Room 612, Albany, NY 12247, 


Contact members of the Ways and Means Committee and tell them why you support this effort to protect the gardens and why the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee should vote in favor of the bill. The members of the Ways and Means Committee can be found HERE


SPRING AWAKENING kicks off with our parade led by BATALA, through the Streets beginning at 11am at El Sol Brillante, 522 E. 12th St between Aves A & B, walking east to Avenue C, south on Avenue C to E. 7th St, west on 7th to Tompkins Square Park, meandering through the Park and ending at Avenue B and 9th St.

Avenue B & 8TH ST


PLEASE sign the pony ride waiver to saddle up

Toy Makers workshop

BRING Your old and broken toys and make them into new.
Sonny & Sara reinvent timeless characters and cherished heroes into new, one-of-a-kind friends and legends. You are invited to get creative and build your own creations out of up-cycled toys!

2pm Hawk Nest Tour with NYC Park Rangers Rob and Grant, meet at 8th St & Ave B


DeColores, 313 E.8th St btwn Aves B & C

2pm Poetry 

with Eileen DOSTER and friends 


3pm Victor & Carmine and friends

4pm “FAITH” with Felice Rosser

5pm Kid Java

6B  GARDEN, the corner of Avenue B & 6th St

1 pm Let’s make Art!!

Outside on garden fence Art around the Garden, we provide canvas 

La Plaza Cultural, the corner of Avenue C & 9th St

12-3pm Earth Celebrations Climate Solutions Mural Workshop

Crafts from Campos Garden

GreenThumb bringing us the Goods

Loisaida Center Ecolibrium Project

1 pm Wendy Brawer’s Green Infrastructure Tour

1pm time’s up Bike repair class

2pm time’s up garden tour bike ride

4pm time’s up free sailing school
PLUS in Conjunction with

the Earth Month convergence!!

11th Street Community Garden, 422 E.11th St, Between First Ave & Ave A

3-7pm MUSIC

Gina Healy & James Tilson

Coby Petric



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022 from 6:30 pm – 10 pm
428 E 10th St, (between Ave C & D)

La Plaza Cultural: Pumpkin Smash 11/6/2022 Sun 12-3 pm

At La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden 
9th Street & Ave C (southwest corner), East Village [map below


Sunday, November 6, 2022, 12 pm – 3 pm [rain or shine]

“Join LES Ecology Center at La Plaza Cultural for Pumpkin Smash 2022 on Sunday, November 6th. Bring your pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and gourds for a smashing good time!”

Visit Pumpkin Smash 2022 — LES Ecology Center.