Good Things in Small Spaces

Live rats and dead cats, along with old furniture and “airmailed” trash tossed from windows, were common sights in the early 1960s in the long-abandoned lot on West 128th Street, recalls the Rev. Dorothy Omega of Christ Community Church of Harlem.

Still, residents of the block between Lenox and Fifth Avenues were horrified, if not exactly surprised, when the city finally cleared out the plot and unearthed the body of a drug-overdose…

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