61 Franklin Street: Greenpoint’s Newest Open Green Space?by on
This past weekend, I met with a group of concerned Greenpoint citizens and community activists to coordinate efforts to convert a long-vacant lot into the 61 Franklin Street garden. The group included members of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), 596 Acres, New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, as well as staff members from the office of Councilman Stephen Levin.
The vacant lot at 61 Franklin Street, which is owned by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, has gone unused for decades and it looks like we finally have the momentum to open it up to public use. As the nearby Java Street Garden is offering individual plots to their garden members (make sure to attend their February meeting if you want to lay claim to one) and the sun exposure of the site is not great for growing vegetables intensively, the group consensus leaned more towards an open space model rather than that of a traditional community garden. What would you do with the space?
If you would like to get involved with the next coordinating meeting, have a suggestion on what the garden should be or are just interested in the project, visit the 61 Franklin Street Garden Facebook page. Our goal is to turn this lot into an engaging space for the community so we want all the suggestions and help we can get!
What would you like to see this space turn into? Are you an artist who could help us cover over the graffiti on the wall with a mural? Do you know a wood workers that might help us build benches for the garden?