Originally designed by activist Adam Purple, notorious for his purple attire, in the Lower East Side of NYC, the Garden of Eden has been a symbol of community, hope, and inspiration for decades. After witnessing two kids playing atop rubble and debris, Purple decided to make that very spot into a garden. Over the years, that garden even provided the neighbourhood with food like corn, berries, and tomatoes.
The garden was eventually torn down in 1986 despite the plea of hundreds. Sadly, Purple passed September 14th, 2015; and there’s currently an ongoing fundraising campaign to erect a memorial at the site of the now-demolished Garden of Eden.
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Check out some photos of the garden below and listen to Purple himself narrate his story.