If you know East Harlem, you know Urban Garden Center! Owned and operated by the Gatanas family, the business traces its roots back three generations, to a flower shop run by Greek immigrants Demitrious and Calliope Gravanis. Passed down to daughter Aspasia and her husband Nick, and now to grandson Dimitri and his wife Sara, the garden center now also has a sister shop, the UGCeats cafe.

Urban Garden Center prides itself on environmental responsibility -- including recycling rainwater, accepting food scraps for compost, and raising a flock of chickens that always delight the kids -- and offers everything from simple seedlings to garden installation and design. Located underneath the Metro-North viaduct at 116th Street & Park Avenue, Urban Garden hosts a wide range of community events including regular pig roasts, a kids' club, and a farmers market.



1640 Park Avenue (at 116th Street)


Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (holiday hours 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through December 23)





Looking for the name of a tune you heard on Urban Garden Center & UGCeats' playlist at the Uptown Grand Central plaza? Click on the links below and groove along at home:

Fragosiriani by Markos Vamvakaris

El Cantante by Hector Lavoe

Ran Kan Kan by Tito Puente & His Orchestra

Candela by Buena Vista Social Club

Dos Gardenias by Buena Vista Social Club

Blue Train by John Coltrane

Peace Frog by The Doors

Crash Into Me by The Dave Matthews Band

Everybody's Talkin' by Bill Withers

Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver

I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash

On The Road Again by Willie Nelson

Dueling Banjos by Rollin' In The Hay

Midnight Rider by The Allman Brothers

Midnight Rider by Joe Cocker

Midnight Rider by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Dream On Dreamer by The Brand New Heavies

Never Stop by The Brand New Heavies

Sunny Side of the Street by Rod Stewart

Sunny Side of the Street by Louis Armstrong

Hear My Train A Comin' by Jimi Hendrix

Scratch My Back by Junior Wells

Scratch My Back by Taj Mahal

American Girl by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Downbound Train by Bruce Springsteen

Wildflowers by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

This Train by Joe Bonamassa