RE: Boulevard Community Garden Factoids.
22 years ago the CCG was not a garden spot.
When the CCG was started in 1978, the doorway vestibules on W.48th St. were
used by "ladies of the night" of both sexes for their assignations, "Could
you please move, I gotta get my mail, y'know!" The Capeman murders were
perpetrated two blocks away on 46th and the famous Croatian terrorists who
blew up the airplane ran and operated a gas station a half block away on
10th avenue. We were a block away from the most lurid section of Times
Square peep shows and, there were several certified brothels on the block
operating under the protection of rogue cops.
We had a lovely gang called the Westies who had a way with undertaking( I
won't share the details, I just had breakfast.) The treepits were convenient
dog restrooms. When we started work on the CCG in 1978, we walked in on a
dead junkie and two rusted cars. The cops and the medical examiner took the
dead junkie ( evidently the perps were too lazy to throw him into the nearby
railway cut). . We had implored the NYC Dept. of Sanitation to remove
these vehicles before we got our first NYC Parks dept soil amendment. The
Sanitation Dept Captain looked at us in sheer disbelief and asked us to
leave his river view office. It finally took $20 bucks and a bottle of Night
Train to encourage a local private tow employee to drag these cars out into
the street. The Sanitation dept Capt. was astonished and truly perturbed to
have these cars blocking the street on Broadway matinee day. The cars
vanished. We received our first soil amendment. We are still digging up
bullets and debris left over from the tenements that had originally occupied
We did put up a fence Fred. Maybe it helped a little.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fred Conrad [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 4:20 PM
> To: 'Honigman, Adam'; 'email@example.com'
> Subject: RE: [cg] Boulevard Community Garden Factoids.
> Adam, this sounds like a challenge.
> Boulevard Community Garden slightly embellished factoids:
> 1. The garden is on the site of an apartment building that burned down,
> fell over and sank into the swamp.
> 2. Garbage and debris from all over town was hauled in to make brick and
> re-crete raised beds. Also, dead trees were embedded vertically to create
> dead forest to prevent cars from driving through. Also, dirt from the
> basement of a local shelter was added for topographic interest.
> 3. We started with just six beds, expanded to thirteen, scratched three
> them and ended up with ten. One has a pear tree in it.
> 4. Well, we're waiting for another building to burn down so we can
> So far, no luck.
> 5. Funds are raised by local drug pushers selling "rocks" and "crystal"
> the garden. The garden has yet to realize a profit from these
> enterpreneurial endeavors, although we do occasional find donations of
> cam-corders and wallets and back-packs just laying there.
> 6. On February 14th, 2000 we talked MARTA into putting a trash can at the
> 7. Boulevard Community Garden is wide open, 24-7. Usually, the drunks
> prostitutes leave when the gardeners show up. I think they feel guilty
> dumping all those bottles and cans around.
> 8. The garden club occasionally meets to have dinner or a lame-o party.
> 9. Almost everything edible gets eaten by local bandits.
> 10. "Mad Dog" path is used by local winos for self medication.
> 11. "Mad Dog" path is composed of bottles that once contained five major
> brands of spirits.
> 12. "Mad Dog" path has hidden treasure. When we find unopened beer and
> wine bottles we bury them beneath the path. Sort of like a time capsule.
> When some archeologist comes along to dig up the garden in a couple
> years, we don't want her to get too parched.
> Atlanta, GA 30318
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Honigman, Adam [mailto:Adam.Honigman@bowne.com]
> Subject: [cg] Clinton Community Garden Fun Facts
> Clinton Community Garden Fun Facts
> 1. The garden was a vacant lot.
> 2. The paths were from rubble in the lot.
> 3. There were originally 20 individual garden plots.
> 4. Two years later the garden was expanded to 108 plots.
> 5. Funds were raised by selling "square inches" of the garden.
> 6. On November 16, 1984, Mayor Koch transferred the garden to
> Parks & Recreation.
> 7. Clinton Community Garden has a public lawn open dawn till dusk.
> 8. The all-volunteer garden has an elected Steering Committee.
> 9. The herb and edible flowers are available for tasting.
> 10. The Native American Serpentine Path is used for medicinal purposes.
> 11. The bed includes 5 major plant spirits.
> 12. The Native American Bed is also home to our beehive.
> Adam Honigman
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