Battle Pass Project at Bergen & Smith Streets


This is the third year the Boerum Hill Association has supported an art installation at this intersection. We’re proud to present a Boerum Hill artist’s work and offer a place to sit and contemplate art. Here is the artist’s explanation of the work. We hope you enjoy it.

Battle Pass – Revolution II by Sasha Chavchavadze

“Battle Pass – Revolution II” was inspired by the Liberty Pole, a ship’s mast erected in Lower Manhattan as a symbol of protest in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War and by Walt Whitman’s poem about the battle, “The Centenarian’s Story.” The Battle Pass project, a series of public art installations, performances and workshops, draws parallels between past and present as it explores the complexity and devastation of war.

In the spring of 1776, Brooklyn prepared for war; farmers abandoned their homes and fields. Soldiers from other colonies arrived, and built a string of forts from Brooklyn Heights to Red Hook to defend Manhattan from British attack. Cobble Hill Fort stood almost due north of Bergen and Smith Streets, on a hill that once rose near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street.

From this vantage point in Cobble Hill, George Washington watched the Battle of Brooklyn unfold on the morning of August 27, 1776. He saw a small band of soldiers from Maryland fight, and die, at the Old Stone House to the southeast – in what in now Park Slope. And he saw his fledgling army, outmaneuvered and overwhelmed by British and Hessian forces make a hasty, desperate retreat across Gowanus Creek.

When the battle ended, Washington’s army was cornered, trapped between enemy troops and the East River in the very forts they had constructed to defend the city. The American Revolution could easily have ended here, in Brooklyn, if Washington had not made a daring escape to Manhattan by boat. Approximately nine thousand soldiers were ferried from Fulton Landing – to the north west of this spot – and across the East River to safety.

Eighty years later, Walt Whitman published “The Centenarian’s Story,” recalling the Battle of Brooklyn in the voice of an elderly veteran – remembering what happened here before these streets and brownstones were built:

The years recede, pavements and stately houses disappear.
Rude forts appear again, the old hoop’d guns are mounted,
I see the lines of rais’d earth stretching from river to bay,
I mark the vista of waters, I mark the uplands and slopes;
Here we lay encamp’d, it was this time in summer also.

Battle Pass is an initiative of Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery in Partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation Urban Art Program and the Boerum Hill Association.

Battle Pass Collaborators: Angela Kramer Murphy, educator; Eva Melas and Robyn Love, workshop artists; and Paul Benney, performer.

Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, www.proteusgowanus.org

Battle Pass dedication

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(April 6th, 2012)

CSA Season is here!


Hey neighbors – the first C(ommunity) S(upported) A(griculture) in Boerum Hill is about to begin. 

Lots of the surrounding nabes already have theirs. And some people in our community — who shall remain nameless — leave the borders of Boerum Hill (scandal!) to trespass in foreign lands like Cobble Hill, Fort Greene and Park Slope to get their farm-fresh veggies. No more! The Brooklyn Beet CSA starts their first distribution next Tuesday from the YWCA at 3rd and Atlantic. Cooking demonstration, too!

I’m not normally a person who gets excited about vegetables, but hey, the times they are a-changin’.

(June 26th, 2009)

Boerum Hill Celebrates Victory Gardens


BHA General Meeting Poster – Victory Gardens (PDF, 59KB)

The Boerum Hill Association’s annual General Meeting on Greening will be held Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00pm, at the Belarusan Church, corner of Atlantic Avenue & Bond Street.

Three speakers will inform our neighbors how urban gardeners can revive the tradition of “Victory Gardens”.

Sandra McLean, the president of SlowFood NYC, writes about the history of Victory Gardens:

Food was rationed and people were hungry. Commercially canned produce was being sent to the troops and farmers were being called to the front line. ‘Grow It Yourself. Plan a Farm Garden Now.’ a US government war poster urged civilians. This was 1942 and the harsh reality of World War II was sweeping the nation.”

Private citizens embraced home gardening with enthusiasm. Between 1940 and 1944, over forty percent of the produce consumed in this country was grown in backyards and parks, on urban rooftops and windowsills. Neighbors grew different crops and shared the bounty. City parks and vacant lots were transformed into edible community gardens.

Like the Victory Gardens of the 1940′s, the local foods movement is a call to arms. Just as it was half a century ago, our arsenal is made up of dirt and seeds, trowels and hoes. Only this time around our motivations are different. When private citizens grew edible gardens during wartime, they were helping to take the burden of food production off of industry. By growing 21st century edible gardens, we’re pushing back at the global food industry, taking charge of a piece of the food chain and seizing the opportunity to rebuild our relationship between us and our food.

Michael Cosaboom has taken his love of gardening to “new heights” – he is growing chili peppers on the roof of his Boerum Hill townhouse and is manufacturing a variety of chili oils. He is also teaching his children about vegetable gardening in his plot in the community garden behind the North pacific Street Playground.

If you only have a fire escape to do your vegetable gardening, Alicia Kachmar will share how she does this in very small spaces.

The annual BHA Greening Day is Saturday, May 2nd (the same day as the Hoyt St. Garden Plant Sale). Buy your plants then come to the Bishop Mugavero parking lot (Pacific St. near Hoyt St.) to pick up FREE mulch and compost – from 10:00am until it is gone – so come early. The BHA thanks our Greening chair, Kristen Austin!

(April 10th, 2009)

Five Years and Still Blooming


This year the Boerum Hill Association celebrates its fifth annual Greening Day.

It all started in 1997 when Stan Murray, a now retired landscaper, with the help of many other residents of the Cathedral Block of State Street (between Hoyt and Bond) in Boerum Hill, turned individual cleaning and greening efforts into a block-wide enterprise.

Neighbors spent one day sweeping the sidewalks, weeding front gardens and tree wells, building temporary wooden tree-well guards and installing trash containers provided by the Sanitation Department at the corners of the block. The following weekend, neighbors planted the tree wells and front gardens with a variety of annuals and perennials purchased at the local Farmers’ Market at Cadman Plaza and at Midtown Greenhouse and Nursery.

Throughout the summer, containers were added to stoops, and nooks and crannies along the sidewalk. The effort paid off when the block won an Honorable Mention in the Brooklyn Borough President’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. Energized by their early success and undaunted by the enormous amount of work involved in watering, weeding, deadheading and replacing stolen plants throughout the summer, the block has continued and expanded their greening activities in the years since. In 1998 and 1999 the block was rewarded with a First Place in the Contest, prompting contest organizers to change the rules. Now the first-place block must wait a year before re-entering the contest.

In 2000, Stan Murray took the State Street Cathedral Block’s beautification activities to the neighborhood, organizing the Boerum Hill Association’s Greening Committee and its first Greening Day. Then called Planting Day, it involved eight blocks with residents cleaning up and planting. In 2001 and 2002, the Greening-Chair trowel was picked up by Pat Jobling who expanded the effort. She organized block Greening Captains, coordinated Greening Day with the more than 20-year-old annual Hoyt Street Association Plant Sale and arranged for free mulch and compost from the City. Residents around the neighborhood shoveled and bagged the wood chips and compost at a “mulch pit” in a local vacant lot and took the bags back to their individual blocks preparatory to planting. Pat also arranged workshops on particular aspects of greening, such as container gardening, as well as a workshop for children. Greening Day 2002 was immortalized by local resident and former filmmaker Susan Ryan.

For the past two years, the greening effort has been led by residents and co-chairs Joanna Pertz, a landscape architect, and Kristen Austin, a landscaper and gardener. This year’s activities began with a presentation on Greening Brooklyn Rooftops on April 20th at the BHA’s spring General Meeting. For Saturday’s Greening Day, wood chips are being donated by Paul Bunyon Tree Care along with compost provided by the Long Island Compost Co. Handouts, many provided by Brooklyn GreenBridge (the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s community outreach group), will also be available with information on tree care and appropriate plants for street gardening, among other subjects. Sunday, May 1st, is Kids’ Day. From 9 to 11 am, children from the neighborhood will plant seeds, annuals and perennials (donated by GRDN and Midtown Greenhouses) around the flag pole at P.S. 38 on Pacific Street at the corner of Nevins. Since 2000, a number of the blocks in the neighborhood, both residential and commercial, have entered the Borough President’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. Several have won awards. “Greening” seeds planted and tended by many hands over just a few years produce enormous results and a wonderful community spirit.

Sue Wolfe

(April 29th, 2005)

Were There Ever Roof Gardens in Boerum Hill?


by Erik Fortmeyer, Boerum Hill Historian

Q: Were There Ever Roof Gardens in Boerum Hill?
A: Yes there were. The idea and use of roof gardens in Brooklyn and Manhattan saw its heyday from the late 1880s up through the beginning of World War I. Boerum Hill was no exception.

Q: How long have roof gardens been around?
A: Roof gardens have been in use almost since the dawn of time for domesticated mankind. Written records and drawings from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt show examples of early roof gardens built on earthen houses in those warmer climates. Ancient roof gardens were often given basic furnishings and used for guests as described in 2 Kings 4:10. A paralyzed man was lowered by four friends to Jesus to be healed from a hole dug through a house’s roof garden in Mark 2:4. An amusing commentary in the Brooklyn Eagle from June 10, 1894 on observed roof gardens in towns other than Brooklyn noted, “Beer and music have as natural a conjunction now as they did in the day of Omar Khayyam. Let’s see. What is it he says?

A book of verses underneath the bough,

A jug of wine, a loaf of bread – and thou

Beside me, singing in the wilderness –

Oh, wilderness were paradise now!

That verse so accurately phrases the functions of the roof garden as to make it seem likely that the Persians were the first roof gardeners. Indeed, we know that the practice, now common in New York, of sleeping on the roof on warm nights and falling into the yard in the morning was oriental in its origin. Other times other manners, and the nineteenth century youth has for his book of verses “Doisy Bell” and “After the Ball,” his jug of wine is a stein of cold Milwaukee, his loaf of bread is a cheese sandwich, the wilderness is typified by six geraniums and a rubber plant and the one who sings in the wilderness is Mlle. Marguerite Obrion, from the Folies Galere, at Toulon.”

Q: What was the point of roof gardens?
A: Life in the city can be pretty miserable without air conditioning! In the days before AC, the dog days of summer in New York would often see residents out on porches and fire escapes trying to escape the indoor heat in houses and flats. Brownstones were usually built with what were referred to in the 19th Century as “piazzas” on the backs of the parlor floors to act as porches where the family could relax in the cooler air. Most were later closed in and are often referred to today simply as “extensions”. Noted American impressionist painter Childe Hassam (1859-1935) painted “Last Light on the City” in 1893 which was reviewed in Brooklyn as “with its girls on a flowery house top, looking over the expanse of dreariness that a city is when it is not glorified, as in that canvas, by the fire of sunset, has an extraneous interest as well as an artistic one, for it suggests that such roof gardens are feasible and desirable in the towns of this land where streets lack shade and yards lack room and air lacks purity and people lack parks and privacy. We live under flat roofs, most of us, and what is to hinder running a rail along them and putting palms and such things there? The withering evenings of June, July, August and September could be more easily endured at a height above the smoking pave, and the citizens could do their gasping and perspiring more freely in more negligee attire on the house tops than on the door steps.” A trend began in Manhattan and later Brooklyn starting around then to develop roof gardens as a way to make summer evenings more bearable and maybe even entertaining. One 1894 comment said it all, “Music, beer, food, coolness and society. That is what the garden is for.”

Q: What was a roof garden like in the old days?
A: Let’s answer this one with a portion of an article that appeared in the Brooklyn Eagle on July 14, 1889. “Every Summer the roof garden develops more and more in popularity and attractiveness among the stay at homes, and some of the efforts made by these unlucky ones who are penned in the heart of the city during the heated term are wonderfully ingenious, and go far toward mitigating their misfortunes. Most of the people who are sufficiently well off to own a house in the town can afford to leave it in the Summer, but it is the denizen of the multitudinous flat who is often forced to remain in this flat all during the dog days, and to these the roof garden is an agreeable little oasis in the desert of their Summer existence. Most landlords will not permit earth to be conveyed to or plants raised on top of their houses, but he does not object to having the tenant carry up a load of clean beach sand on the elevator and cover the concrete with a layer of it which forms a very good imitation of a gravel walk and dries so quickly that even should there be a rain in the afternoon it is quite possible to sit there in the evening with comfort. Those who can afford it have a glass screen erected on one side to keep off the winds, as the breezes are apt to be pretty lively at that elevation. Then a pretty red and white awning is spread across palms and potted plants, shrubs and boxes full of growing flowers are disposed about attractively, wicker chairs and tables are fetched up and if there be a convenient chimney a hammock is swung, and some of these gardens in the hands of tasteful owners become things of beauty and an all Summer joy.”

Q: What did people do up on these roof gardens? Was it worth the effort?
A: Let’s continue some more in that same article. “A certain family on Thirty-sixth street, who have bestowed particular pains to make their roof garden attractive, say that they find on the whole they can spend more time out of doors in this manner than in the Summer in the country. The whole thing cost them about $60 to fit up, and the six members of the family have discovered that for this sum, which would not have supported them one week in the seashore hotel, they can remain in very good health and get a fair degree of pleasure out of life during the hot weather. The flat building in which they live being a very tall one, they have beautiful views from their green eyrie all over the bay and of green hills in the distance in the other directions. They get clean, fresh sea breezes off the water and plenty of sun, so that to look at the young people of the family one might imagine from their tanned cheeks that they have spent the Summer cruising on some luxurious yacht instead of living on the ninth floor of a New York flat. The young children play dolls and marbles upstairs in the shadow of the awning all morning. The older women bring up their fancy work and sew there, write letters at one of the tables or read novels swinging in the hammock. Five o’clock tea is brought up there and partaken of out of doors, and when the sun gets low enough to have lost something of his vigor the young people play tennis, having set up a net and marked out a court on the roof, with tall nets swung up around it to keep the ball from plunging over into the street below and startling some cab horse into hysterics. All the family lounge there after dinner, chatting, smoking, singing choruses to a banjo accompaniment and breathing in salt winds from the bay over which they can see the silver path of the moonlight and the gleam of Liberty’s torch.” Not too bad!!!

Q: Were there any of these in Brooklyn or were they all in Manhattan?
A: Manhattan certainly had more roof gardens in the nineteenth century due primarily to simply having more buildings. Many of the Brooklyn roof gardens were located on top of the saloons and “hotels” that used to dot the sloping east side of Furman Street opposite the tall warehouses on the East River side from Fulton Street down to Atlantic Avenue. The heaviest concentration was from 89 to 183 Furman running from about Cranberry to just south of Clark. A fine description of them was given in 1888 as they “are topped with brightly blooming gardens of flowers and shrubs, sprays of whose vines overhang the parapets or climb high trellisses far above. Where the buildings are lower, one may see above the backs of tall houses towering heavenward. From quiet, brown stone lined Columbia heights are seen the river below and planted flowers gardens, fountains vine covered arbors and smooth, grassy lawns sloping to the abrupt edge of the street at the back. The only apparent evidence of habitation beneath this green carpet is the fact that here and there brick chimneys rear their blackened heads and silently breathe forth the smoke of the smithy or furnace at work in the shops or caves on Furman street. Although the upper floors in these turf roofed houses are rather damp no special inconvenience is experienced by the hardy inhabitants. The roofs are very strong and well supported, having to sustain in many cases sufficient earth for the growth of small trees. The buildings are of stone and brick, and as no lighting is possible from the roof or back, nor from the sides, as they are continuous, the darkness of Tophet is not a circumstance to a ‘first floor back’.” A brand new theater was planned in 1890 for the former site of the Donnelly Olympic Theatre later the Holmes Standard Museum at 434-436 Fulton Street opposite the current Bridge Street, but it was not to be. Elaborate plans were made by a well known Manhattan theater owner named Alexander Herrmann for a new “four story brick building, 35.9×100, to be used as theater offices, lodge rooms and roof garden” (note the proposed drawing with visible fancy roof garden). Business losses incurred by Herrmann slowed completion of the building until he was forced to sell out. It was later completed as a regular store building, run as an unsuccessful dry good store in 1899, and finally sold in early 1902 for absorption into the expanding Abraham & Straus buildings (now Macy’s). Another new building with a designed roof garden was the 1892 headquarters of the YWCA at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Schermerhorn Street. The roof garden was described as “striking and attractive” available for summer use covering the rear half of the roof with “a very fine view”. Another was built on the roof in 1894 of the new theater at the intersection of Fulton Street and DeKalb Avenue. These new buildings promoted their roof gardens actively noting they had new elevators going right to the roof and colored lights powered by electricity. New tenement buildings known as “wage earners’ homes” were designed in some cases with roof gardens for the “general good health” of laborers.

Q: Why were roof gardens popular with theaters? What about Madison Square Garden?
A: HVAC. Those letters today refer to “heating, ventilation and air conditioning” and those who install and maintain these vital systems. But it wasn’t until 1888 when first generation mechanical cooling systems (fans) were installed in some factories and it took until the 1920s for the general public to experience true “air conditioning” (cooling with the removal of some humidity) in some movie theaters. Large indoor public gathering places before then caused concern with public and medical officials about the healthfulness of “the unwashed masses” mixing together in poorly ventilated buildings. The accumulation of heat and odors after multiple, daily performances by June made most theatres and opera houses unbearable causing them to close for the summer season. It wasn’t until 1911 that the Folies Bergere Theater in New York City was the first to install an air-conditioning system. Back in the 1880s, visits to seaside hotels, outdoor amusement parks, amphitheaters, and new “base ball” parks became the standard source for summer entertainment. Theatre owners who did not want to lose revenue from an entire season began to take note of the roof garden trend in several cities. Why not build a stage and seating on the roof of their buildings and have shows up there when it is not raining? Soon three Manhattan theatres had done just this including the Casino, Fifth Avenue, and Madison Square Garden. The second MSG was built at its old site on Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street in 1890 by renowned architect Stanford White with a spacious and popular roof garden where orchestras, dances, and all forms of city entertainment took place starting each May 30th. It also had a restaurant up top where Stanford’s notorious womanizing came to an end in 1906 when a jealous husband of an ex-girlfriend shot him down! Brooklyn copied this trend where possible on a smaller scale, but an editorial in 1893 still griped, “Why aren’t there any amusement places in Brooklyn open in the summer? I mean first class amusement. None of the theaters stay open. There are no good concert halls where a man can go and drink a glass of beer and be amused for an hour or so. There are no roof gardens. I don’t see why some manager in Brooklyn doesn’t secure a place for a roof garden and run a high class variety show. He’d make money, sure. People in Brooklyn, especially in hot weather, do not care about traveling across the bridge or ferries to New York to find amusement. They want it near home. Why, if there was any such place in Brooklyn I’d guarantee to go every night if necessary. Coney Island is good for about two visits each season. Then you’ve seen all you want to see and are looking about for something else. The theater managers in this town don’t know what they’re missing.”

Q: Why did roof gardens fade away?
A: Fire inspectors in the late 1890s began to become more and more concerned with commercial roof gardens. If a fire broke out below and the stairwells and elevators were blocked with smoke and fire, how would the fire department be able to get possibly hundreds of patrons to safety? The question was never satisfactorily answered. Meanwhile, functional air-conditioning became available on a limited scale in New York City starting around World War I. With the start of Prohibition in 1919 and the general economic upswing in the Roaring Twenties, the general public began to find the entertainment they craved in the form of “motion pictures” in indoor movie theaters with air-conditioning. As AC units became smaller and more affordable, the willingness to spend time “up on the roof” outdoors declined proportionally. After World War II with home AC units readily available and plenty of cheap, new houses available in the suburbs, roof gardens faded into oblivion.

 

© Erik Fortmeyer 2005

(April 22nd, 2005)

Greening Brooklyn’s Rooftops


Wednesday, April 20th, 7pm—9pm

BELARUSIAN CHURCH (Atlantic Ave & Bond Street.)

A Primer on Roof Gardening

Kick off the gardening season with an informational meeting on creating city roof gardens. BHA Greening Committee co-chairs Kristin Austin and Joanna Pertz have assembled a distinguished panel of speakers who will share how utilizing roof space for gardens can expand your living space, create a personal refuge, and help the environment at the same time! Hear from experts about the nitty gritty of creating a roof top oasis, and see visuals of what can be done.

GUEST PANELISTS:

  • Darrin Krumpus, Architect
  • Bill Meyerson, Designer / Builder
  • Marie Viljoen, Designer
  • Michele Paladino, – Gowanus Nursery

All Are Welcome – Light Refreshments

(April 18th, 2005)

Greening Day 2004


BOROUGH PRESIDENT MARTY MARKOWITZ KICKS OFF GREENING DAY IN BOERUM HILL
For Immediate Release


Event: Fourth Annual Greening Day of Boerum Hill

Date: May 1st 2004

Time/Location: Opening ceremony 9 am at the Mulch Pit, corner of Third Avenue & Pacific Street; the rest of the day on individual blocks across Boerum Hill. Mulch Pit open until 3 pm.

Contacts: Kristen Austin 718.522.1232 kaustin@sunlink.net

Joanna Pertz: 718.625.0795 jkp@joannapertzla.com

For the Hoyt Street Plant Sale: Martin Sticht 718.643.0857


The greening of Boerum Hill goes into high gear on Saturday, May 1, when residents from blocks across the neighborhood take to the streets to clean and mulch the tree pits on their blocks, spruce up their front gardens and fill their window boxes. Sponsored by the Boerum Hill Association, the day begins at 9 am when residents gather at an opening ceremony, which will be kicked off by Marty Markowitz.

Once again, there will be free mulch and compost, so residents are reminded to bring extra-strong trash bags to carry it back to their blocks. Coffee and bagels will be available for all. And information will be available on tree pit care, tree pit planting, window boxes, street-hardy plants, etc. Once again, Greening Day has been coordinated to coincide with the Annual Hoyt Street Garden Plant Sale.

The Greening Committee of the Boerum Hill Association (BHA) has briefed Greening Captains from blocks that run east to west from Fourth Avenue to Court Street and north to south from Schermerhorn to Warren Street. The committee also equipped them with notes on tree-pit care, and tree-pit and window box planting.

(April 17th, 2004)

Greening Committee Purpose


The purpose of the BHA Greening Committee is to affect a continual improvement of the physical streetscape of the neighborhood through a wide variety of greening activities, including but not limited to:

  • Building a broad base of support for and participation in a wide range of greening activities that cut across the entire neighborhood.
  • Promoting and supporting our community gardens.
  • Identifying and screening sites for the planting of new street trees.
  • Educating residents about a broad range of greening activities?
including both planting and maintenance.
  • Raising awareness about the benefits of landscaping the fronts of
buildings and developing well-kept sidewalks and tree pits.
  • Encouraging street planting where appropriate.
  • Targeting and improving specific areas of the neighborhood that have remained neglected or underdeveloped in terms of greening activity.
(June 12th, 2003)

Jaws (the Chipper/Shredder) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


by the Hoyt Street Association
What materials can be shredded and chipped by Jaws?
Leaves, vines, grass clippings, paper trash, twigs, stalks, brush, branches (up to 3″ diameter, no large knots). Vines and small branches should be cut into 2?-3? sections. Large branches must be relatively straight. Green materials should be allowed to dry before shredding though small amounts mixed with dry materials (e.g. a branch with green leaves is ok). Dry materials are strongly preferred . Organic waste and partially finished compost can be shredded but will only be allowed on special occasions, if at all. Jaws does not like weeds, diseased plants, soil, rocks, nails, treated wood, metal, glass, or plastic.

What is done with the shredded material?
That is up to you. You must take it home with you. Common uses are for compost and for mulch around your trees and shrubs.

How fine is the mulch that is created?
It depends somewhat on the input material, but we have 3 grates to control the coarseness: 3/4″, 1 3/4″, and widely spaced bars.

When will the Jaws be available?
There is not a set schedule now. It will be based on demand and operator availability ? probably most often in spring, fall, and after Christmas.

Shredding Days will be announced on the Boerum Hill neighborhood bulletin boards, on the boerumhill egroup, and via email to people who have requested email notification. 

Where will the Jaws be operated?
The usual location will be the Hoyt Street Garden (corner of Atlantic and Hoyt).

Can I use Jaws at my house?
No. We have decided that the machine is potentially too dangerous and subject to damage to allow inexperienced people to use it.

Can you bring Jaws to an event on my block or at my community garden?
Jaws would like to travel occasionally. We just need sufficient notice, a location where Jaws can be safely operated, and reasonably close proximity to Hoyt St./Pacific St.

Can I donate money to help pay for the maintenance of Jaws?
Yes. The Hoyt Street Association would gladly accept tax-deductible donations for fuel and maintenance .

Can professional gardeners use the chipping/shredding service?
Yes, under some circumstances. Contact Craig Fithian for detais.

Can I become a shredder operator?
Possibly. We would like to have a few operators. You need to be very responsible and familiar with the use of mechanical equipment. Contact Craig Fithian if interested.

Whom do I contact for answers to other questions?

  • Craig Fithian, 718.802.9376, craigfithian@earthlink.net
  • Margaret Cusack, 718.237.0145, cusackart@aol.com
(June 11th, 2003)

Greening Day 2003


Saturday, April 26, 2003, 9 AM-1 PM

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Third & Pacific

On April 26, residents from across Boerum Hill will again salute spring with an official day of greening. For the third year in a row, this event will launch the neighborhood greening activity from Schermerhorn to Warren and from Court to Fourth Avenue. Neighbors will be cleaning and mulching their tree pits, sprucing up their front gardens and filling their window boxes.

The day begins with an opening ceremony at 9 AM, at Third & Pacific (behind the Bethlehem Lutheran Church), when Borough President Marty Markowitz kicks off the day. Once again, there will be free mulch and compost, so residents are reminded to bring extra-strong trash bags to carry it back to their blocks. Coffee and bagels will be available for all. And information will be available on tree pit care, tree pit planting, window boxes, street-hardy plants, etc. The ceremony will be brief, because Greening Captains will need to get back to their individual blocks and focus their energies there.

Once again, Greening Day has been coordinated to coincide with the Annual Hoyt Street Garden Plant Sale, which will take place on April 26 & 27, at 110 Hoyt Street (corner of Pacific).

For additional information, contact Pat Jobling at 718-858-3795 or pjobling@mindspring.com

(April 13th, 2003)
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