Bronx residents begin planting Melrose community gardens at new location
Bronx residents are in the beginning stages of restoring two Melrose community gardens. The gardens thrived for more than 10 years at its original location on 158th Street until the city struck a deal with gardeners to build affordable housing at the location. In return, the gardeners agreed to plant trees and flowers in a lot on 157th Street that will be permanently protected. Gardeners say in the past three years, about 10 gardens have been destroyed because of new development. They say only a few of the gardens have been saved by being moved.