ESTABLISHED IN APRIL 2019
Dyckman Houses Community welcomed artist Asha Hanna to work together on the construction of the “Dignity And Pride” (DAP) Garden in 2018. The artist worked in conjunction with Dyckman Houses residents for the construction that was finalized in 2019.
DAP’s flowers and herbs garden bed is shaped like two hands grasping each other, with the color of the wood for each hand representing different skin tones to visualize the diversity of the community.
The main goal of the DAP Garden is to build a healthier community by creating awareness about coexistence and cultural identity in Dyckman Houses, while beautifying the development and bridging cultural and racial tensions.
Materializing these ideas in a garden, we created a green space and public art project with powerful educational capacities that uses storytelling, gardening and community building as means to visualize and discuss the communal experience.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY
Dyckman Houses located at 204th Street and Nagle Avenue is the 7 building, 14th story home to 1,167 families. Everyone from Seniors to children of all ages reside on our 14.09 acres. Opened in April 1951, many of the residents have resided here their entire lives. Its employees work hard to live up to our impressive reputation. Its community welcome the addition of a garden on its grounds to complement our 200 + trees.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
DAP is made with the generous support of State Senator Marisol Alcantara, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University.