DESIGN WILD IN THE NEWS
CHELSEA NOW: YOUR $2 TRIP TO AN URBAN OASIS, KEY PARKS OF HELL'S KITCHEN | AUGUST 2014
"THese words, from “God’s Garden” by English poet Dorothy Frances Gurney, can be found inside a gated park on West 34th Street. Its narrow brick path, welcoming wooden bench and lush, enveloping greenery is available to everyone — but accessible only to those who’ve paid the price. Fortunately, it’s a very low price. Alice’s Garden (on W. 34th St., btw. Dyer & 10th Aves.) is one of four “Key Parks” throughout Hell’s Kitchen developed by the Clinton Housing Development Corporation (CHDC)..."
GRAZIA: TEMOIGNANES: LES FERMIERES DU CIEL A NEW YORK | DECEMBER 2014 [WE HOPE YOU KNOW FRENCH]
"Les gamins veulent devenir fermiers" Elle a New York dans le sang. Pourtant, à 20 ans, Shanti Nagel avait fait le choix de s’installer "upstate", en rase campagne, pour se lancer dans le bio. Quelques années plus tard, cette belle brune des champs est redevenue citadine pour appliquer son savoir-faire en ville. "Plus on cultive loin du sol, moins les conditions sont naturelles", explique-t-elle sur le toit de l’église Metro Baptist Church, à deux pas de Times Square....
STATE SENATOR BRAD HOYLAN PRESS RELEASE | JULY 2013
"On July 24, I held an organizing meeting on adopting and gardening the tree pits in the pedestrian islands adjoining bike lanes (also known as “bike lane tree pits”) at Metro Baptist Church on West 40th Street. The meeting, facilitated by Cultivate Hell’s Kitchen New York horticulturist Shanti Nagel, gave constituents from across my district the opportunity to learn about gardening best practices and the resources available to volunteer gardeners, as well as meet and organize with others in the neighborhood..."
LONGTIME CARETAKER'S SECRET GARDEN REOPENS IN CHELSEA | SEPTEMBER 2012
"Chelsea - Alice would be proud. Volunteers and community groups breathed new life into a community garden on Monday, reopening it two years after its longtime caretaker passed away...."
THE MIDTOWN GAZETTE: ALICE'S GARDEN BRINGS NATURE TO THE PUBLIC | OCTOBER 2012
“This is everyone’s own private garden,” announced New York Sen. Tom Duane at the opening ceremony of Alice’s Garden on September 24, a public garden between Dyer Street and Tenth Avenue on West 34th Street. The garden, once managed by Alice Parsekian, a local caretaker who passed away in 2010, had fallen into disrepair before being brought into the attention of Community Board 4 by the Clinton Housing Development Company (CHDC) and Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Association (HKNA)...."
EMMA MAGAZINE: AT HOME IN HELL'S KITCHEN | OCTOBER 2011
"Down where we're sitting, in a courtyard garden that Nagel also designed, she explain that this is the best part of her job, "The payback is awesome," she says. This affordable hosuing building was renovated just two years ago, and a lot of older women liv here," she tells me. "They come out and talk to me about plants all the time. And they love watching our progress."...
THE BALTIMORE SUN: YOUNG PEOPLE CHOOSING LIFE ON THE FARM | JULY 2000
"SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. - Sebastian Meier dug his fingers into the dirt in a field on the banks of the Hudson River. He tugged out a weed. "Goldenrod," he said, holding up the offending clump. Nearby, Shanti Nagel knelt down to eyeball her organic kale. Clean and green, with no trace of flea beetles. "God, that's beautiful!" she said. It is their first field. Most days, they can't wait to get to it. Before Nagel and Meier came along, it lay fallow for 30 years. Tilling it required hand-to-hand combat with sapling roots, poison ivy and battalions of baseballs and golf balls thwacked skyward from neighbors' back yards...."