Garden of Love (W 116th St)

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Is this garden and others like it too big to call a pocket garden? Lovingly cared for by neighborhood volunteers, these public green spaces are all over Harlem where they take up empty building lots. This one’s on 116th St. between Manhattan Avenue and Frederick Douglas Blvd. Along with churches, they are among my favorite kind of civic “things” to photograph in the city. I don’t think the city is livable without these public-private breaks, these “gardens of love,” in the urban fabric.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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