Spencer Street Community Garden, Bed-Stuy, Green With Envy Tour 2008 III.06

This is the Spencer Street Block Association Community Garden, at 230 Spencer Street, between Willoughby & DeKalb, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. This was the 6th stop on the third 2008 Green With Envy tour of Brooklyn Community Gardens last October.

Spencer Street Garden

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Greene Acres Community Garden, Bed-Stuy, Green With Envy Tour 2008 III.04

One of the paths defined by hexagonal raised beds at the Green Acres Community Garden in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Hexagonal Path

Stop #4 of the third 2008 Green With Envy (GWE) tour of Brooklyn community gardens was the Green Acres Community Garden, at the corner of Greene and Franklin Avenues [GMAP] in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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Madison Street Garden, Bed-Stuy, Green With Envy Tour 2008 III.01

Winter is a good time to dig into my photo archives. October seems so warm right now.

This is a slideshow from the Madison Street Block Association Garden at 88-90 Madison Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. This was the first stop on the third of the Green With Tours of Brooklyn community gardens I attended during 2008. GWE 2008 III visited gardens in Bed-Stuy.

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Tour Bed-Stuy Community Gardens, Saturday, October 4

Round 3 of the 2008 Green With Envy Tours visits community gardens in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday, October 4, from 10am to 2pm. This tour is organized by the Brooklyn Community Gardens Coalition with support from NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation, GreenThumb, GreenGuerillas and BBG’S GreenBridge.

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Map of the green With Envy III 2008 Tour of Community Gardens in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Gardens on the tour:

  1. Madison Street Block Association Garden, 88-90 Madison Street, between Bedford Ave & Franklin Ave
  2. Cedar Tree Garden, 305 Greene Avenue, between Classon & Franklin
  3. Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, 327-329 Greene Avenue, between Classon & Franklin
  4. Greene Acres Community Garden, 324 Franklin Avenue, corner of Greene Avenue
  5. Target Community Garden, 931-933 Bedford Avenue, between Willoughby & DeKalb
  6. Spencer Street Block Association Community Garden, 230 Spencer Street, between Willoughby & DeKalb
  7. Hattie Carthan Community Garden, 654 Lafayette Ave, 363-365 Clifton Place, on Marcy Ave between Clifton Place and Lafayette Ave
  8. NYCHA Garden Womens Mural, Nostrand at Greene
  9. Greene Avenue Neighbors Association Garden, 490 Greene Avenue, corner of Nostrand
  10. Clifton Place Memorial Park and Garden, 1031-1039 Bedford Ave, at Clifton Place

Join us for this guided tour, visiting Community Gardens in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The tour begins with a 10am breakfast at the Madison Street Block Assn. Garden between Franklin & Bedford, then walk, bike, or ride the bus to visit some AMAZING Brooklyn Gardens.

Special THANKS to the Parks Department for generously providing bus transport for this tour!!! Space is limited… RSVP joncrow [at] earthlink [dot] net.

To get to the start of the tour, take the G to Classon, the C to Franklin, or from Downtown Bklyn, take the B52 or B26 to Franklin and walk to the Madison Garden.

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Riding out the Harvest, BQLT Bike/Van Tour, Saturday, September 27

UPDATE Friday, 2008-09-26: CANCELLED. The announcement came at 10am from the tour’s organizers:

Intrepid gardeners,

With a forecast of some serious rain, we’ve come to a decision to cancel this Saturday’s (9/27/08) bqlt “Riding out the Harvest” bike/van tour.

Save your energy for next week’s (10/4/08) “Green(e) with Envy,” another great opportunity to explore the world of community gardening.

I’m disappointed, but I’ll admit I wasn’t looking forward to slogging through the rain with my camera. I am looking forward to the Green With Envy Tour of Bed-Stuy Community Gardens next Saturday, October 4.

Classon Ful-Gate Block Association Community Garden, one of nine Brooklyn community gardens on this Saturday’s tour.
Classon FulGate Block Association Community Garden

The Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust (BQLT) is hosting its Second Annual Bike and Van Tour this Saturday, September 27th:

Jump in the van or hop on a bike – we’re visiting a sampling of BQLT gardens – saying hello, having some snacks along the way. It all begins at 9:30am with a coffee reception at Hollenback Community Garden (Washington Ave between Gates and Green Avenue ). The harvest ride will culminate in a cookout beginning at 3:00pm at Euclid / Pine Street Block Association.

MEETING TIME/COFFEE: 9:30am @ Hollenback Garden
DEPARTURE TIME: 10:00am Sharp!
TOUR’S END/COOKOUT: 3:00pm @ Euclid-Pine Garden

This is a BIKE & VAN TOUR:
Bicyclists will be led by Isak Mendes – RSVP/Info: eaglemendes [at] yahoo [dot]com
Seats in the Van are limited! Reserve yours by contacting Brothel Dean: strechdean [at] msn [dot] com

Suggested donation: $5/person

The gardens on the tour are:

  • Hollenback Community Garden, Washington Ave. between Gates & Greene Aves.
  • Classon/Ful-Gate Block Association, Classon Ave. between Putnam & Madison Aves.
  • St. Mark’s Ave./Prospect Heights, St. Marks between Vanderbilt & Carlton Aves.
  • Mama Dee’s Garden, St. Mark’s Avenue between Bedford and Rogers Aves.
  • Westbrook Memorial Garden, Pacific St. between Bedford & Nostrand Aves.
  • United Herkimer Garden Club, Herkimer St. between Bedfor & Nostrand Aves.
  • Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Place Garden, Corner of Tilden Ave. and Veronica Place
  • Sheffield Garden, Sheffield Ave between New Lots and Hegeman Aves.
  • Euclid-Pine Block Association Garden, Corner of Dumont Ave. & Pine St.

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St. Mark’s Avenue Community Garden, Prospect Heights, Green With Envy Tour, II.2, August 2, 2008


Riding out the Harvest, BQLT Bike/Van Tour
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When you gotta go …

… in Brooklyn, go to the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge, or the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Broadway in Bed-Stuy. These are two of the next four locations announced by the Department of Transportation today for the latest APTs: Automated Public Toilets.

Like all of the new street furniture, the APT’s have a simple, contemporary design, created for the City by Grimshaw Architects, incorporating stainless steel and tempered glass. The APT’s clean themselves after each use, and tamper-proof automatic doors that open from the inside will ensure security.
Press Release

The APT’s cost 25 cents to operate, with a time limit of 15 minutes and will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Each APT is climate-controlled and includes a toilet, a wash basin with running warm water, and a mirror. An automated system controls the door and prevents unauthorized entrance, and the APT’s are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

After 12 minutes of use, an acoustic alarm and red flashing lights go off for three minutes before the door opens. Once a user has exited, the APT doors will close and the 90-second automatic cleaning cycle will begin. During the cleaning cycle the interior surfaces of the APT are cleaned and dried. Once the self-cleaning process is complete, a new user can access the APT.

Tomorrow, May 31: Extra-Crunchy Brooklyn Compost Bike Tour

“Compost Happy”
Compost Happy

This just in. This is also listed in the Flatbush Gardener Google Calendar in the sidebar.

Bike Tour to Explore Brooklyn’s Composting Sites, Saturday May 31

Come one, come all to the Compost Tour de Brooklyn. It’s free, fun and good for you.
You’re welcome to meet at the market [Fort Greene Greenmarket], too, to see us off on this maiden (for maids and gents) two-wheeled journey of evolution (of carbon cycle) and revolution (of bike wheels).

Take a two-wheeled tour of Brooklyn compost sites on Saturday, May 31 and learn how to reduce household waste and convert food scraps into fodder for new plant life.

Licensed New York City sightseeing guide and newly minted Master Composter Laura Silver will don a worm costume to show off some of the “greatest local innovations in eco-consciousness” and the people who make it happen.

Brooklyn Compost Project table at Making Brooklyn Bloom 2008
Brooklyn Compost Project table at Making Brooklyn Bloom 2008

Tour goers will have a chance to meet local heroes who turn castoff food stuff into “black gold.” They’ll escort the vegicycle, a trike made to transport food scraps, from the Fort Greene market to local community gardens.

Detail of convection composting aeration tube used at a Brooklyn community composting site
Detail, Convection Composting Aeration Tube

Day: Saturday, May 31, 2008
Time: 10:30 am (until about 3pm, stay as long as you’d like)
Place: Meet at Fort Greene Park Greenmarket near trash cans used to collect food scraps. Corner of DeKalb Avenue and Cumberland Street

Tour stops include:

  • Composting toilet at Hollenback Garden in Clinton Hill
  • Compost piles at Bed-Stuy?s Greene Acres garden
  • A worm bin in a private home in Midwood
  • Tour concludes at Floyd Bennett Field Garden with a demonstration of lasagna (layered) gardening
  • Demonstration begins at 2pm. Barbeque to follow


  • Spots are limited. Please RSVP to compost.cycle@mac.com by May 30.
  • Participation is free.
  • Helmets preferred.
  • Cyclists are requested to bring fruit or vegetable scraps to compost (apple cores, lettuce leaves and coffee grounds encouraged) and full-figured food to grill at the end of the tour.

Two Flatbush Churches Receive Grants

Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church, Dorchester Road between East 18th and East 19th Street, Ditmas Park Historic District
Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church

Four Brooklyn churches are among the 66 religious properties statewide that received preservation funding from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Four Brooklyn Churches Receive ‘Sacred Sites’ Grants From Landmarks Conservancy, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Two of the four in Brooklyn are in Flatbush.

Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church, on Beverly Road between East 17th and East 18th Streets in Beverly Square East, was awarded a Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge Grant Pledge of $40,000 for the restoration of its copper roof.
Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church, East 17th Street

Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church

Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church in the Ditmas Park Historic District was awarded a grant of $10,000 for window restoration. FTC has got a hell of a lot of windows. I’m sure that $10K doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. I suppose it’s probably for their stained glass, rather than these.
Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church, Ditmas Park

Here’s a view from the inside.
Interior, Flatbush-Topmkins Congregational Church

The other two are St. George’s Episcopal Church of Bedford-Stuyvesant, which received $6,000 for stained glass restoration, and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church at 334 MacDonough Street in Stuyvesant Heights/Bedford-Stuyvesant, which received $10,000 for the restoration of its tower, masonry and roof drainage.


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Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church
Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church

The Brooklyn Blogade in Bed-Stuy

The Bed-Stuy Blogade
Bed-Stuy Blogade

This afternoon I attended the Bed-Stuy meetup of the Brooklyn Blogade. Today’s event was organized and hosted by Petra of Bed-Stuy Blog, Eleanor Traubman of Creative Times, and Joanna Wissinger (Alexa11221 on Bed-Stuy Blog).

Bed-Stuy Blogade at Le Toukouleur

Table, Bed-Stuy Blogade

Bed-Stuy Blogade, Le Toukouleur

The Bed-Stuy Blogadiers

Bloggers seemed almost to be in the minority at today’s event, which drew neighbors, journalists, and other blog-readers, as much as bloggers.

Le Toukouleur Restaurant

We met this afternoon at Le Toukouleur, a French-African Restaurant, at 1116 Bedford Avenue, on the corner of Quincy Street in North Bed-Stuy. The space offered lots of art and objects as subjects for photography.

Detail, Wall Mural
Detail, Wall Painting, Le Toukouleur

Window Painting
Window Painting, Le Toukouleur

Drums, Le Toukouleur

Mask, Percussion, and Lanterns
Still-Life with Mask, Percussion and Lanterns

Detail, Window Painting
Detail, Window Painting, Le Toukouleur


My Flickr photo set of the event
Bed-Stuy Blog
Creative Times
Le Toukouleur Restaurant