Have a green thumb? Don’t live here.

For the first time ever in my five years in New York, I actually saw someone in Spanish Harlem today carrying a bag of potting soil. This woman was apparently going to bring it home to grow plants this spring. If you really love growing fruit, vegetables, or flowers, this city really isn’t going to be the place for you unless you are so lucky to have access to a yard, or a sunny window (also definitely not a guarantee in this city; natural light in an apartment is highly coveted and in low supply), and if you have those things, they probably won’t be in Manhattan.

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