In 1981, when Derek Pollitt first got the idea for a community garden in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, the plot was nothing more than a wasteland. After two buildings had caught fire and were subsequently knocked down, the land quickly became a dumping ground. In addition to the mountains of bricks, the lot […]
At the southwest corner of Himrod Street and Wilson Avenue in Bushwick stands the Himrod Wilson Community Garden, where tomatoes, basil, summer squash, string beans, eggplant, mint and more grow from four plots. Luis A. Ramos, 46, who lives next door, started clearing the lot two years ago. “When I came to this lot, it […]
By Beth Morrissey
On a lazy Saturday afternoon, two women, one black, one white, make preparations for a party in the Greene Acres Community Garden on Franklin Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Community gardeners, students and faculty gathered today on the spot of a 14-year-old community garden to protest a college’s decision to pave over two-thirds of the growing space to make room for parking spaces and our reporter, Nathania Zevi, was on the scene. About 25 activists, set up white ropes to illustrate the 2,500-square-foot area […]