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Artist Creates Miniature Manhattan One Storefront at a Time

By DNAinfo Staff on July 12, 2010 12:02pm  | Updated on July 12, 2010 12:30pm

By Jill Colvin

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — A garden that has stood empty, growing weeds and cobwebs since the death of its legendary tender, is finally on its way to becoming a community park.

Before Alice Parsekian died in January at the age of 86, the small green space, huddled between two concrete walls atop a Lincoln Tunnel overpass on W. 34th Street between Ninth and 10th Avenues, had been a neighborhood gem.

Numerous newspapers wrote about the ever-blooming peonies, irises and lilac trees that were tended to by the tireless Parsekian, who was also known around the neighborhood for touting around a paintbrush and paint cans, fixing up mailboxes and fire hydrants, and removing posters from lampposts along the quiet stretch.