Photo Essay: Inside the Construction of Havemeyer Park

by Ryan Watson on

After three months of construction Havemeyer Park opened to the public this past week. The former parking lot of the historic Domino Sugar Factory, on Kent Avenue between S. 3rd and S. 4th, along the Williamsburg waterfront has now been converted into an urban farm run by North Brooklyn Farms, Brooklyn’s first (legal) mountain bike park built by Dellavalle Designs, and a reading room and 8,000 square foot lawn built by Bobby Redd for all to enjoy. Below are a few photos documenting the process of converting the 55,000 square foot lot into Havemeyer Park.

2013 Ryan Watson. March 22, 2013. Initial Walkthough of Site E.

2013 Ryan. A little more grass growing as Havemeyer Park is staked out.

2013 Ryan Watson. Bricks being laid for the compost-bin pad frozen on a rainy day.

2013 Ryan Watson. Bryce Williamson of Bobby Redd and Henry Sweets of North Brooklyn Farms in front of “Industry of Waste”

2013 Ryan Watson. Volunteer Peter builds planter boxes for raised beds.

2013 Ryan Watson. Brant of Bobby Redd watering the lawn in preparation for the reading room.

2013 Jim Dellavalle. Berms for Brooklyn Bike Park starting to take shape.

2013 Ryan Watson. Brooklyn Urban Gardeners Tim and Aysu construct the pallet-based compost bin.

2013 Ryan Watson. Bobby Redd team after a long day in the Bobcat.

2013 Ryan Watson. North Brooklyn Farms starting to take shape.

2013 Ryan Watson. Muddy volunteers after a rainy work day.

2013 Ryan Watson. Volunteer Ted secures planter boxs on pallets for North Brooklyn Farms.

2013 Ryan Watson. Sunflowers bloom in “fisheye” bed at North Brooklyn Farms.

2013 Ryan Watson. Farm Interns Danny and Fred.

2013 Ryan Watson. Jim Dellavalle shaping up the bike park.

2013 Photo Courtesy of Brownstoner via Marina Trejo. Brooklyn Bike Park on Opening Day.

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.
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