How radical gardeners took back New York City

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Seed bombs, the "tree lady of Brooklyn," and the roots of urban gardening.

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New York City looked a lot different in the 1960s and 1970s. A sharp economic decline and white flight meant there was mass disinvestment and urban decay, particularly in the city’s lower-income neighborhoods. It’s what Hattie Carthan and Liz Christy noticed in their communities when they each set out to revive their neighborhoods by making them greener. Ultimately, their radical acts of gardening would transform the landscape across New York City.

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Pamela Duvall
Pamela Duvall 20 घंटे पहले
AWESOME ❤️❤️❤️
Patricia Cole
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God works through people. He has blessed the people of these areas with His mercy and grace. In the midst of trials Hattie found ways to sweeten the bitter cup. Praise God that Jesus is coming soon for His faithful commandment keeping remnant church. Remember… starts the fourth commandment of Exodus 20:8-11. Reminding us of Genesis 2:2&3. Soon they will present sun day rest by force of law as the solution for all the world’s ills. Don’t be deceived. God never changes and Jesus is our example. We will all choose between Truth or deception. Between Bible and tradition. Jesus or barrabus. Choose life.
Leobel Colona
Leobel Colona 2 दिन पहले
if your native seeds are recalcitrant (aka needs to be planted ASAP), please be sure to make it moist and not let a couple of days until planting.
Daya Levrio
Daya Levrio 2 दिन पहले
Such a wonderful video, very inspirational.
clippedwings 5 दिन पहले
Why are the buildings next to a community garden abandoned? That would be a very attractive location. Even for those who don't have the time to do gardening, getting a greenspace next to the building you live is really nice.
CrackaDoy 7 दिन पहले
Please do an episode on Muslim slaves in the early US, not a lot of people know these stories.
XanderShiller 7 दिन पहले
This is amazing, I've been looking for something like this for years and here you are! Unfortunately I live in the Coney Island part of Brooklyn and not the Greenpoint area which is in the same borough but so far apart that without a car u have to take the train to Manhattan just to catch the L train back to BK.. its soon frustrating 😒 .. I heard a new train line was being built to address this but they make it sound too unbelievable... Anyone else ride the subway?
Simple Tun
Simple Tun 9 दिन पहले
they took it and deblasio gave it back to the criminal deviant trash
Marou05 11 दिन पहले
We need this in marrakech, the city is already hot and there are huge lots left empty for decades
Will Omanza
Will Omanza 13 दिन पहले
Now privileged AOC-supporting hipsters have gentrified these neighborhoods and displaced the working poor and immigrants.
Nick Dallege
Nick Dallege 16 दिन पहले
Many states have forestry or DNR nurseries that sell bushes and trees for super cheap ($1/ sapling). These can be great resources for buying natives.
Bokeh13 17 दिन पहले
So seed bombs are like graffiti, but with plants?
Seni Hani
Seni Hani 17 दिन पहले
I cried while watching this. People who love trees are so beautiful. 😭
Manchagojohnson Manchago
Manchagojohnson Manchago 18 दिन पहले
y-t stole muh treez
Cindy Bogart
Cindy Bogart 18 दिन पहले
This woman is such an inspiration to everyone. ✨
sheila laffey
sheila laffey 18 दिन पहले
This is soooo very inspiring! I will share this with my Green Screen: Films on the Environment and Transformation class! Hoping these gardens continue to thrive and others can be added. And thanks for sharing this awesome video! I lived in Manhattan for part of the 70's and 80's and was not aware of these important initiatives!
Ramona Pschowski
Ramona Pschowski 19 दिन पहले
Alastair Foh
Alastair Foh 19 दिन पहले
so this is what happened after tha battle of New York?
Nicola Pegg
Nicola Pegg 21 दिन पहले
Amazing women, fantastic work x
Branken Flowery
Branken Flowery 21 दिन पहले
I am making seed bombs for a fundraiser to help pay for my flower farming online courses.
Newton Baker
Newton Baker 21 दिन पहले
I just imagine people like this being amazing in every past and future life
TheDreadfulCurtain 21 दिन पहले
I like the INcds channel “Crime pays but Botany doesn’t” it always makes me chuckle and I learn something.
happy feet
happy feet 22 दिन पहले
Thank you for sharing this story vox!!! ❤❤❤
Another Channel 2016
Another Channel 2016 22 दिन पहले
I am so confused at the people calling these gardens radical. Maybe I have just grown up in a time where urban cores demand community gardens and green space in their cities
Patricia Santiago
Patricia Santiago 22 दिन पहले
“Small but radical acts of kindness” wow
Bruce Wilson
Bruce Wilson 23 दिन पहले
I'm a 67 year old white American man, a Baha'i for 35 years. Baha'is are committed to Community Development and this mini documentary is a delight. I'm inspired.
ton ton
ton ton 23 दिन पहले
hmm looks like someone is planting a Cannabis Plant in NY
Rich 25 दिन पहले
As long as the Country ALLOWS flights ✈️ in & out you will never contain it. Even with a vaccine. Virus naturally mutates because it is programed too. Now what happens if the Virus was man made. 😳
nn24 25 दिन पहले
We, in the Netherlands, use to call it guerrilla gardening.
Farisa Smith
Farisa Smith 25 दिन पहले
Have you ever been walking in the city and you see a beautiful community garden or lot with wildflowers? We are drawn to them . They are magical! We press ourselves against the fences and stare, wanting to go in and smell and touch the plants. It is in our DNA to exist in these places. We shouldn't have to beg the beaurocrats and politicians for these spaces. They should be a part of urban planning . Thank you to all guerrilla gardeners for these empty lots places for us to return to nature.
Susan Wong
Susan Wong 25 दिन पहले
This would be wonderful if we could have some rain, once again we are in drought! If you can't guess I'm talking about So. Calif.
Watts Patelba
Watts Patelba 26 दिन पहले
The phobic apparatus unfortunately raise because comb sadly march an a earsplitting dollar. swift, utopian eggplant
ClickbaitKing 26 दिन पहले
Hwang Lee
Hwang Lee 26 दिन पहले
It's too hard to educate indonésian people, the most of them are anti science & they don't care about environment but they don't feel ashamed even a bit.
Dudeface 27 दिन पहले
I really really enjoyed this video. It was a breath if fresh air and so inspiring. I can't believe they pulled that off back then, amazing ladies!
atenas80525 28 दिन पहले
why were the cities of the 70's and 80's facing blight? riots of the 60's was a major contributing factor - keep that in mind after the last year
Elizabeth C
Elizabeth C 28 दिन पहले
Thank you ladies for being "radical".
wu Hip
wu Hip 28 दिन पहले
London has a lot of "allotments" small plots of land for non commercial food growing. They follow the history of Victor gardens when civilians were encouraged to grow food to survive during WW2. I wish all cities had more gardens/allotments for mental and physical health!
ektopia 29 दिन पहले
Wonderful episode. Thanks
ShiaGirl18 29 दिन पहले
I absolutely love this!
Olga Little
Olga Little 29 दिन पहले
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MitsukiDiablew महीने पहले
I’m volunteering at my community garden in the Bronx and learning the history and the people behind it makes me appreciate it even more 😁😁 thanks Vox!
Benardate Apio Okiria
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Am inspired! In my village, forests have been cut and used for charcoal in the last two decades. It's so bad that it's hotter, rains are erratic and low. I decided last year during the lockdown to plant trees. I did 500 trees, only 393 survived the water stress. This year I planted 700 fruit trees and 30 shade trees. And actively watered them. I lost just 55 trees so far. thinking let's do 1000 trees each year and actively water them. Maybe in a decade my village will be cooler, have more rains and lots of mangoes!🌳🍋🌧
Paul KC
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Nancy Rodriguez
Nancy Rodriguez महीने पहले
As here Boston, MA.
Heidi Hill
Heidi Hill महीने पहले
What an incredible woman.
fisqual महीने पहले
Everyone check out the channel Crime Pays Botany doesn't.... He does borderline illegal gardening like this pretty often and is fun as heck to listen to.
Gracie M
Gracie M महीने पहले
Women 💪 making the world a better place 👏👍✌️
Hriday Khandelwal
Hriday Khandelwal महीने पहले
Radical gardeners sound like gardens shooting squirrels and birds who were eating there seeds that they plantedXD
Erica Tejas
Erica Tejas महीने पहले
I would hate to live in New York, looks like a concrete urban prison.
/Zbdmo /
/Zbdmo / महीने पहले
new York has many parks and green spaces as well but I understand what you mean
Monsieur D
Monsieur D महीने पहले
I wish that Tokyo's city office watch and truly understand this video !
Zeide Erskine
Zeide Erskine महीने पहले
There is also a lot of roof space to be used for growing healthy vegetables.
MadeInTX महीने पहले
New York seem like an awful place to live.
Syb Kuypers
Syb Kuypers महीने पहले
I cried the first time, I cried the second time, and I have got a feeling that I will cry every next time I see this video..
Dorothy Maher
Dorothy Maher महीने पहले
OH WAIT... redlining in NYC!!!!!????? I thought racism only happened in the south?!?!? My ex-husband was from NJ over time I realized he and his family were the WORST people I ever met .. Anti semitic and vociferous racists... I dumped him after trying to "help" him for years.... He and his best friend in med school began killing patients in Charity Hospital... I tried for years to get it investigated... EVEN black nurses and CNA's were too scared to get involved.. I eventually was able to force confidential memos out on them.. BUT THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT AND BOTH ARE STILL COMMITTING CRIMES...JUST MORE CAREFULLY... BUT THEY ARRANGED MY MURDER TO SHUT ME UP... OBVIOUSLY GOD HAD ANOTHER PLAN . and the mob owned NOPD they hired went to federal prison..after good NOPD gave me evidence on a bankruptcy fraud... OH MY EXHUSBAND NOW LIVES IN NJ IN AN AREA WITHOUT A BLACK OR HISPANIC WITHIN 30 MILES... BUT...THAT IS PROBABLY JUST COINCIDENTAL🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 sanctimonious northern or Cali libs need to take a closer look in their own backyards! BTW he and his equally odious brother now have children that do hookerlike videos on tik tok...pitiful..that phoney medical doctor or NJ politician you THINK is SO nice....may be molesting and murdering patients.. STEALING FROM THE TAXPAYERS WITH CENTRAL NJ GUMBADO'S.. molesting children or pimping them on TikTok.
Joe Harrison
Joe Harrison महीने पहले
Recommended read: Darwin comes to town or Darwin in de stad. It's about life and evolution in urban environments
Green April
Green April महीने पहले
Being radical doesn't mean you're bad person...maybe?
EJ Ioane
EJ Ioane महीने पहले
isnt it ironic that the man who wanted to shut these community gardens, has his law licence revoked by NYC
Kamil Rivera
Kamil Rivera महीने पहले
The ones trying to preserve nature are the "radicals". 😆 Thanks to all of those who contributed to a true green "revolution". I've learned that planet earth soon will be a lush garden again.
Star masterc
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New York now looks nothing like the New York i knew 11 years ago. it looks more like an european city now with skycrapper buildings than american. Not bad at all, hopefully will improve the living conditions of the city while you can tell that the wealth increased.
Jenna Hathaway
Jenna Hathaway महीने पहले
Such an amazing video, really motivating to continue this work!
Zoe Kenny
Zoe Kenny महीने पहले
I love how Hattie Carthan was described as 'a woman who went beyind herself and created the template for life to happen'. What an incredible woman who left a fantastic legacy which is still standing and needed more than ever 💖
April Bradley
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Dreàd महीने पहले
Here in the Philippines the vacant lot in the city will become a squatters community
Devonna Reynolds
Devonna Reynolds महीने पहले
This is so cool
Bijou Bijou
Bijou Bijou महीने पहले
This was such an inspiring video. Thank God for Ms. Hattie and Liz, and the legacy that they worked so hard to create.
thehoneyeffect महीने पहले
What a trinket of a video, so inspiring
Nick D
Nick D महीने पहले
Wow, duh: thanks for the reminder, re seed balms, i'd call 'em. I'd soak seeds first, unless a real rain is imminent. BTW, the idea I learnt from Masanobu Fukuoka's book, One Straw Revolution. & you Voxers?
It's Me Keisha
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Black women✊🏽✊🏽✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿
sepic gamer
sepic gamer महीने पहले
Seed bombs in the phillipines too
Frank Lawrence
Frank Lawrence महीने पहले
So many countries are polluted enpugh to cause certain respiratory problem, we should plant more greens.
Buchanan Games
Buchanan Games महीने पहले
i loved this .. i ever make it to the states, i’m gonna add this to my list of places to visit 💛✌️
Meta.Aesthetica महीने पहले
Absolutely inspirational
SN4 महीने पहले
Genghis Khan: human's seedbombs 🙈
Michael Raad
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Finney Lane
Finney Lane महीने पहले
Jack do you never sleep Does the green still run deep in your heart? Or will these changing times, Motorways, power lines keep us apart? Well I don't think so, I saw some grass growing through the pavements today. --J Tull
Rafał Łajtar
Rafał Łajtar महीने पहले
Watching those pure acts of kindness made me literally cry, it's so beautiful, altruistic and sweet. Humanity restored!
TheAlivededChannel महीने पहले
10:41 well, not only women
Apple Dinger
Apple Dinger महीने पहले
Hattie rocks 😁
alazmi Alameera
alazmi Alameera महीने पहले
is it possible to turn part of the desert into forest, my country tried doing that years ago and it failed miserably
EpicToastBread महीने पहले
Time to make a seed nuke and nuke a desert
David Patton
David Patton महीने पहले
The city politicians are responsible for certain neighborhoods becoming poverty stricken and rundown? Really? You can prove that? So, if the opposite result occurs, it is because of the decisions of city hall? Wow. What a revelation for me. I officially reject any responsibility for my beliefs, my actions, and the consequences of my decisions. Thank you, what a great country.
Walter Kyson
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Charles Canzater
Charles Canzater महीने पहले
The Young Lords Party in Newark, NJ with an Exon worker named Andy changed 4sq blocks into free community food . 🤗
*MandyMan* महीने पहले
I love seeing things like this! It fills me with SO much hope! Along with native plants, I try and encourage All I can to use any space they can to grow food also! ... especially as local, organic ... GMO free foods are being price pointed out of many folks reach! Not just that, at least here in Australia the best of the fresh food go to the "well to do" neighbourhoods at a cheaper price! Where as the the more financially challenged neighbourhoods, such as my own is where the lower quality fresh food is distributed only to be sold at prices far greater than the latter! Those with so much privilege or the profit motivated will never go out of their way to help Us! We need to help ourselves! Especially now! If distribution continues to degrade, whom do you think the food will be sent?! Lots of love to Everyone! 🕊💗🌏😊
Sebz Dev
Sebz Dev महीने पहले
This has been an incredible video
Merriman B
Merriman B महीने पहले
One person, making a difference.
Ni Yeen
Ni Yeen महीने पहले
If you are going to New York City, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. On the streets of Chinatown, Summertime, we’ll be planting there. All aqross the nation, Trumpers in mootioon. . .
Elizabeth Bennet
Elizabeth Bennet महीने पहले
a Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Daniel Walker
Daniel Walker महीने पहले
Wish I could do this in California but it never rains here.
Missy Rae Magdalera
Missy Rae Magdalera महीने पहले
This made me tear up so bad. I strive for this kind of thing to happen in my hometown of Stockton, Ca. After the 2008 mortgage crisis, Stockton was the number one city for foreclosures in the country. Now over 10 years later, we are still racked with abandoned buildings, lots filled with trash, and lack of access to clean air, etc. I'd love to make seed bombs and throw them everywhere in the city!!! We need more green space out here for our marginalized communities..
Prayanjal Tomar
Prayanjal Tomar महीने पहले
Future is green
Alparslan Korkmaz
Alparslan Korkmaz महीने पहले
Nice video.
Leah Baize
Leah Baize महीने पहले
Very interesting to learn the city would fund trees in affluent areas but not in redlined areas. Seems I learn new and different consequences as a result of ridiculous redlining more every day. There seems to be no end to the consequences! Another argument to add to the list of how systemic racism is IMBEDDED so deeply in the ROOTS of our society. No pun intended.
Chase B
Chase B महीने पहले
I spit on the people at Vox
Vongsokunthy Koun
Vongsokunthy Koun महीने पहले
That’s why I really love NYC.
Melinda Braun
Melinda Braun महीने पहले
this is fantastic and admirable and absolutely inspiring. :)
Dakota Becker
Dakota Becker महीने पहले
This video made me happy
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