Though more than 600 community gardens dot NYC, the highest concentration is in the Lower East Side. In many cases, gardens like La Plaza Community Garden and El Jardin del Paraiso aren’t just plots of land—they're hubs of culture and activism. Walk through some of the neighborhood’s most vibrant gardens on this two-hour tour to discover how these reclaimed urban spaces have changed the residents’ lives.
Make every day Earth Day with this list of eco-friendly things to do in NYC. Despite the near-constant traffic and bustling urban landscape, New York City is surprisingly sustainable. Think about it: We’ve got more than 28,000 acres of NYC parks to explore and rooftop gardens popping up everywhere you look. Still, we can all do our part to care for the environment. Whether you’re all about shopping at local farmers markets, volunteering with sustainable organizations or just checking out the best things to do outside, you’ll find that going green is a lot easier than it looks.