www.times-up.org
For Immediate Release

Contacts: Ellen Belcher – 646-938-9702
Aresh Javadi – 917-518-9987

TIMES UP! JOINS MORE GARDENS! AND HARLEM UNITED GARDENERS TO SUPPORT ENDANGERED HARLEM GARDENS

Saturday, June 24, 2006
BIKE RIDE TO HARLEM GARDENS PARADE
1:00 PM Meet at Union Square Park South
1:30 PM Meet ride at 59th street & 5th Avenue, SW corner

Saturday, June 24, 2006
HARLEM GARDEN PARADE
2:00 PM at Nueva Esperanza Jardin, East 110th Street & 5th Avenue
3:30 PM Celebration & Rally at 116th Street Block Association Garden, 8 East 116th Street

New York, NY (June 23, 2006) – On Saturday, June 24th 2006 TIME'S UP! an environmental direct action group, and MORE GARDENS!, a community garden support group, will join the HARLEM UNITED GARDENERS to celebrate and save 19 endangered Harlem community gardens. A bike ride from downtown will link up with the Save Harlem Gardens Parade which will visit these oases of community sustainability in the midst of urban sprawl and concrete. The event will raise awareness of the need to protect our community gardens in danger of destruction by developers. This parade will be made up of gardeners, costumed revelers, dancers, drummers, cyclists together with young and old members of the community.

“Most New Yorkers think all the community gardens were saved when so many battles were won years ago in the East Village.” says Ellen Belcher, a Times Up! volunteer “In light of the much publicized struggle to save the South Central Farm in L.A.; we want the world to know that there are 65 endangered community gardens across all boroughs of NYC that are in immediate danger of bulldozing—19 of them in Harlem.”

The Save Harlem Gardens Parade urges everyone to start, support, and save all open green spaces for growth and nurturing of their communities. This is especially important in Harlem, the South Bronx and Brooklyn where rapid, unchecked development is forcing many long-time residents out of their decades-old community gardens as well as from their homes.

Pictures of this event and a map and list of the endangered gardens are available from the contacts above or from  xupgardening@gmail.com.
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TIME'S UP! is a non-profit environmental group that has used educational outreach and direct action for the last 15 years to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.