Morrisania seniors upset over city's plan to demolish their community garden

Residents living at the Morrisania Senior Center say they will fight for their community garden after learning that the city plans to do away with it.

The seniors say the community garden across the street from the center has been a source of food and recreation for them. For 14 years, the seniors have taken care of the garden and say on Monday, city workers showed up to begin clearing the garden to make way for a new housing development.

With help from nearby residents, the seniors were able to stop the workers from doing anything and say they will not give up their garden without a fight. The seniors say they plan on contacting Community Board 3 and community garden activists.

But, the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development says Community Board 3 is supporting the building of 10 three-family homes at the garden. And while the residents agree there is a need for housing in the Bronx, they say there is plenty of other space that can be used.

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