From the Wall Street Journal:
The sprawling garden enclosed by the 14 stately buildings of Hawthorne Court in Jackson Heights is an inviting oasis of greenery.
Just don't step on the grass.
"Residents and guests are asked to refrain from walking on the lawn and the planted areas surrounding the Center Circle and either end of the Garden," the co-op's official garden rules say.
The grass-walking ban has pitted some long-time residents against a newer generation of young families attracted by the large, historic co-ops—and their coveted gardens. "More park, less slope," read some old housing ads, in reference to Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The question of whether walking should be permitted or not has proved not so simple to answer, digressing into debates on parenting, political persuasions and ultimately, control.
While similar rules and sometimes struggles occur in other private green spaces across the city—from Forest Hills in Queens to Gramercy Park in Manhattan—nowhere are such battles more pitched than in Jackson Heights because of the concentration and size of the gardens and the scarcity of public green space.