DAP Garden


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. 


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.


Garden Design: Asha Hanna is a New York based emerging artist and art director. She is dedicated to the issues of social awareness and public engagement. Hanna’s most recent ongoing project, The DAP Series explores symbolism of black consciousness, identity, and cultural unity throughout black America. She received Bette A. Robinson Endowed Scholarship Fund in Fine Arts and her work has been shown at galleries and public spaces in Washington D.C. and New York area.

Testimony Documentation: Gabriel G Torres is a multidisciplinary artist working in the intersection between film, technology, theater performance and community engagement. Gabriel has developed projects in Colombia, New York and Hong Kong ranging from theater shows, to films, to educational projects and community based installations. 

Gabriel G Torres, Filmmaker – Dani Sanchez, Camera Assistant – Lia Nessim Macía, Editor




DAP is made with the generous support of State Senator Marisol Alcantara & Robert Jackson, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, New York Presbyterian, and Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.