Cantaloupes are growing in a weedy parking lot behind 792 Park West Village on the side of the building facing West 100th Street.
It’s not clear if anyone planted them or — like the deadly hallucinogenic plant on Columbus Avenue — they just showed up one day, grown from seeds air-dropped in bird poop.
“I’m not sure if any of the buildings know as the plants never seem tended and all fruit grown just seems to rot and animals eat it,” writes Jen Klee, who sent in the photos. “But it’s still nice to have NYC kids get to see plants growing.”
“It’s been there at least a year that I’ve noticed,” Jen wrote. “I kept seeing rotting cantaloupes on the ground and was confused. No one seems to be tending to it so it looks like animals just eat them and leave them.”
If you like melon stories, we also found some growing randomly in a pedestrian island on Amsterdam Avenue two years ago.