Adam Purple has died

Photo copyright Harvey Wang

Photo copyright Harvey Wang

“Adam Purple, the godfather of the Lower East Side community gardens who fought a losing battle to save his spectacular Garden of Eden from destruction for a low-income housing project, died Monday as he was bicycling over the Williamsburg Bridge. He was 84.”
(From The Villager –

He fought a long battle to save his garden and the abandoned tenement he lived in. Both of which were razed for new low-income housing for the deaf. Very different from the fight over the Elizabeth Street Garden.

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