Death of a Garden On Manhattan Island, where vacant land is scarce, an empty lot on 7th Street in the East Village was turned into an oasis of sorts by neighborhood residents. For more than 20 years the lot was used as a community garden. When a developer informed the community he intended to buy the lot and construct a seven-story building, it caused outrage. Local residents Jose Torres was asked by producer Joe Richman to keep an audio diary of the fight to save Esperanza Garden.
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On Manhattan Island, where vacant land is scarce, an empty lot on 7th Street in the East Village was turned into an oasis of sorts by neighborhood residents. For more than 20 years the lot was used as a community garden. When a developer informed the community he intended to buy the lot and construct a seven-story building, it caused outrage. Local residents Jose Torres was asked by producer Joe Richman to keep an audio diary of the fight to save Esperanza Garden.