Albert’s Garden

16-18 East 2nd Street (between Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York
10003

Albert’s Garden

Community GardenBicycle SitePedestrian FriendlyPublic/Mass TransportationCleaned-Up/Rebuilt Site

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In English and German (German see below / Deutsch siehe unten)

The pleasure of entering this understated shady quiet respite starts with viewing a large, beautiful painting of a bird on the wall of the adjoining tenement painted just to the right of the entrance. The back wall is original stone that predates the wall’s use by the adjoining New York Marble Cemetery, the City’s first secular, non-sectarian burial ground founded in 1831 – the novel premise being that prominent people were to have the option of marble vaults and could avoid being buried in hallowed ground associated with a church cemetery. In between are shaded paths, little nooks to sit in, quietly planted trees, flowers and shrubs are tastefully designed to provide privacy for the different garden areas. The Manhattan Land Trust helps manage Albert's Garden along with local volunteers and it was one of the gardens saved from auction by the Trust for Public Land in 1999.

____________German (Deutsch)___________

Schon beim Betreten dieses recht unauffälligen, schattigen und ruhigen Gartens fällt der Blick sofort auf eine große, schöne Malerei eines Vogels, die auf der Mauer des angrenzenden Wohngebäudes, gleich auf der rechten Seite des Eingangs, prangt. Die Rückseite der Wand besteht noch aus dem Originalstein des angrenzenden New York Marble Cemetery, dem ersten säkularen, nicht sektiererischen Friedhof der Stadt, gegründet 1831 - mit der ungewöhnlichen Voraussetzung, dass prominente Personen die Möglichkeit auf Marmorgewölbe hatten, ohne auf heiligem Boden des Kirchenfriedhof beerdigt werden zu müssen. Mittendrin befinden sich schattige Wege, kleine Nischen zum Hinsetzen, friedlich gedeihende Bäume, Blumen und Büsche, geschmackvoll gestaltet, was Privatsphäre in den verschiedenen Bereichen des Gartens bietet. Der Manhattan Land Trust hilft bei der Verwaltung des Albert’s Gardens durch die Mithilfe freiwilliger lokaler Helfer. Albert’s Garden war einer von den Gärten, die 1999 von der Auktion der Trust for Public Land verschont blieb.

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