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Brooklyn Garden Bulldozings - The Downside of the NYC Garden Settlement

  • Subject: [cg] Brooklyn Garden Bulldozings - The Downside of the NYC Garden Settlement
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 09:28:23 EDT

Friends,

This message went out last evening evening on the NYC Neighborhood Open Space 
Coalition's Cybergarden's listserve.  The author, Jon Crow, is a fine  
community gardener  - you may have seen the Brooklyn Bears Garden during the 
ACGA tour of Brooklyn last July.

Jon is also a longtime Brooklyn garden activist who has worked for years, 
creating coalitions, working with the local land trust,  and trying to get 
the idea through the thick skulls and venality of many Brooklyn politicians, 
that poor communities of color need community gardens more than market rate, 
upper middle-class condos.  

The downside of Mayor Bloomberg's community garden settlement is that many 
fine gardens in those communities of color were not saved because of prior 
city condemnation and/or back room deals made by local politicians with 
developers.  


Three Brownsville gardens were bulldozed yesterday. Helen Mason's beautiful 
Fantasy garden is probably being bulldozed as I type these words.  Helen did 
everything right, ran a community garden that the community loved and 
supported, but here garden was done-in by hack, career politician NYC 
Councilperson Tracy Boyland.  Communities of color in this country sadly seem 
to always have a political family like the Boylands who do well for 
themselves and their followers, screw most of their poor constituents but 
always seem to get re-elected.  

Helen Mason's e-mail is in the attached message if you want to drop her a 
line....

Community  gardeners in other cities, please learn from our NYC experience 
and try to do better than we have.

Adam Honigman
Volunteer, 
 <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/";>Clinton Community Garden</A>
 
  
 Subj:   CYBERGARDENS: Sad new
 Date:  4/17/03 7:14:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time
 From:  JonC@LaPlacaCohen.com (Jon Crow)
 Reply-to:  cybergardens@treebranch.com
 To:    cybergardens@treebranch.com (CYBERGARDENS Mailing List)
 
 ------------------------------------------------------------
 News from the CYBERGARDENS mailing list 
 (cybergardens@treebranch.com)
 ------------------------------------------------------------
 
 Sadly, 3 of Brownsville Brooklyn's gardens were
 bulldozed this morning...10 Neighbors,
 Future Leaders, and McKeefer.  Tomorrow morning
 (Good Friday), Helen Mason's beautiful fantasy Garden
 will be plowed. More gardens to follow tommorow and Saturday.
 
 The garden is at 181 Legion, between Blake & Dumont.
 Helen's number is 718-399-9425 to send her hugs.
 Her email is masboy178@aol.com to hear if theirs
 anything else to do to help.
 
 crow
  >>

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  • Subject: CYBERGARDENS: Sad new
  • From: Jon Crow JonC@LaPlacaCohen.com
  • Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 18:46:48 -0400
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News from the CYBERGARDENS mailing list 
(cybergardens@treebranch.com)
------------------------------------------------------------

Sadly, 3 of Brownsville Brooklyn's gardens were
bulldozed this morning...10 Neighbors,
Future Leaders, and McKeefer.  Tomorrow morning
(Good Friday), Helen Mason's beautiful fantasy Garden
will be plowed. More gardens to follow tommorow and Saturday.

The garden is at 181 Legion, between Blake & Dumont.
Helen's number is 718-399-9425 to send her hugs.
Her email is masboy178@aol.com to hear if theirs
anything else to do to help.

crow

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