Do you know about 16 Sycamores Playground?

Boerum Hill Association (BHA) board members Daughtry Carstarphen and Hannah Mason are staunch advocates and leaders of a friends group for 16 Sycamores Park, a small pocket park on the corner of Schermerhorn Street and Third Avenue. Their hard work has paid off.

Look for the comfort station re-opening later this year as work begins on the playground renovation. Click below to see the plan for the new playground.

We thank Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Parks Department, former Councilmember David Yassky and current Councilmember Steve Levin for support and funding for this project.


(April 6th, 2012)

16 Sycamores Playground Hosts Second Movie Night

Another successful Movie Night was presented by the Boerum Hill Association on September 18, 2010.  The now classic “ET” was shown to an enthusiastic crowd of about 80 children and parents. Popcorn and juice boxes were given free to everyone during the beautiful cool evening.

Board members Daughtry Carstarphan and Hannah Mason have continued to raise the visibility of this under used but viable park space with our Movie Nights. Their efforts have brought results with the Parks Department and Borough President Marty Markowitz each pledging nearly $500,000 to restore playground equipment and upgrade as well.

Look for these improvements to happen in spring of 2011 and the renovation of the comfort station in 2012.  Also look for more Movie Nights in 2011.

Contact us if you want to be part of this effort.

(October 31st, 2010)

New Flickr Group: The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park

Friends of Douglass/Greene Park is now on Flickr! Here are the first batch of photos from the Gowanus Grind event this past weekend. Please feel free to join the Flickr group and add your own pictures of the event, the park, the pool, etc.

The Gowanus Grind

Flickr: The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park

(April 29th, 2009)

Gowanus Grind Recap

UPDATE: Pictures are now up!

Press Release Contact: Sue Wolfe

Friends of Douglas/Greene Park, Inc. 917-868-5332

Saturday, April 25th was a fun time for all ages at Thomas Greene Park in Gowanus located at Third Avenue & Douglass Street.

There was sunshine, live music, free food and skaters of every description from everywhere, Brooklyn and beyond!

The extensive skate network of Michelle Sauer and Jose Portes of HOMAGE, the skate and health food shop at 151 Smith St, drew hundreds of skaters. They swarmed and settled in for a long afternoon of skating at its best: contests, clinics and serious practice at Thomas Greene Park on the edge of downtown Brooklyn. The skating was supervised by the HOMAGE team, who’ve had lots of experience with kids and skate events. Five hours and the live music never stopped.

Recruited by Board member Cynthia Hammond, the diverse music included newspaper writer Steve Witt on guitar, reggae sounds from “Widdeyah”, “With Legs We Run” punk rock group and the tweeny girl group, “Saffire”

While Friends of Douglass/Greene Park organized the event, provided free water and raffled t-shirts, the Wyckoff Gardens Tenants Association donated hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, feeding hundreds & sponsored two inflated games for the little kids.

Local artist and board member mac premo designed the Gowanus Grind T-shirts, sold for $10.00, and supervised the “Paint board” art project at the event.

Lauren Elvers Collins represented the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, with information on the GCC mission and projects and offered various GCC products for sale.

Jo Anne Simon, candidate for the 33rd District City Council seat just happened to be visiting when an accident occurred in the skate area. Luckily for everyone, Jo Anne jumped into the breach and worked with several adults in getting help for the injured skater.

Gary Reilly, City Council candidate from the 39th District and Joan Millman, State Assembly Representative both stopped in to visit and enjoy the skate day events.

The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Inc. is a coalition of neighboring communities and 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to refurbish this park. The Friends sponsor three annual events to raise awareness and funding for the park. Although the park has been at Third Avenue and Douglass for more than 40 years, it is a little known NYC Parks facility in a rapidly expanding residential area. Representatives of the Boerum Hill Association, the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, the Cobble Hill Association, Park Slope Civic Council and Wyckoff Gardens Tenants Association have been working together with City Council members Bill DeBlasio and David Yassky, Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Parks Department to revitalize Thomas Greene Park. To get on the mailing list, visit

(April 27th, 2009)

The Gowanus Grind

Gather up your family and friends and head over to Thomas Greene Park on Third Avenue between Douglass and Degraw for skateboarding and other activities at the Gowanus Grind, on Saturday, April 25 (raindate, April 26).

There will be live music, art activities, a free skate board clinic sponsored by Homage, the skate board shop on Smith Street and recreation and food, donated by the Wyckoff Houses Tenants Association and Building on Bond.

Activities, including live music, will take place between 11 AM and 4 PM.

View the poster:
Gowanus Grind Poster

(April 22nd, 2009)
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