Bronx Block Association Gets Grant to Clean Up Empty Lot in Mott Haven

A community group in the Bronx shows some love for the borough.

The College Avenue Block Association received a $1,000 "Love Your Block" grant to revitalize a lot in Mott Haven.

The group is just one of 25 organizations that received grants from the Citizens Committee for New York City, which helps low-income neighborhoods enhance and improve public spaces.

"A year ago, this was a vacant lot essentially," said Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner of the parks department. "The neighbors, who were looking at it day-to-day decided to reclaim it and do something with it, and they took a lot of action on their own and created what I think is one of the most beautiful spaces I have seen in a long time. It's really a testament to what community members can do to beautify their neighborhoods."

"It's a beautiful thing. Just connecting, getting people together, and seeing a difference and making a transformation," said block association president Wanda Swinney." It's a beautiful thing."

The group will also receive help and services from several of the city's agencies, including the Parks and Sanitation Departments.

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