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Rapper 50 Cent’s community garden offers a green alternative to juvenile detention

Saturday, October 1, 2016 6:14
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“There are not many activities in our culture where young people, old people, people of different races will all agree and find it easy to work together.”

By Nicole Jewell


Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Bette Midler might not seem like they have much in common, but the two performers have quite the “budding” friendship. Hoping to give back to the Jamaica, Queens neighborhood where he grew up, the famous rapper has joined forces with Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to breathe new life into what’s now known as the 50 Cent Garden.

Under the guidance of landscape architect and designer Walter Hood, the urban garden in Jamaica is now complete with a children’s learning garden, multiple vegetable beds, and a patio area. A donation from 50 Cent funded the green space’s rainwater harvesting system (composed of 10-foot-tall funnels) and overhauled planting areas.

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