[WATCH] This Harlem Woman Turned an Empty Lot Into a Lush Public Garden and Park

In 1985, a gas station in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem was demolished. The remaining empty lot began to fill with trash, deteriorating into an eyesore. Local activist Luana Robinson petitioned to convert the space—which was owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation—into a community park. But the site fell into further disrepair upon the removal of underground gas tanks in 1998. It was then that Juliette “Miami” Davis, a Florida transplant living across the street, decided to take action.

Check out the accompanying article to learn more about Davis and Convent Garden in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Manhattan.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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