Friday, March 07, 2008

Community Garden Activists' Fears Prove Founded

Last month, Kinetic Carnival reported on the fears raised by the blog Flatbush Gardener and local gardening activists that the city's plan for redeveloping Coney Island will require the destruction of three of Coney Island's community gardens. These fears were verified in Thursday's Brooklyn Daily Eagle by Neill Coleman, a spokesman for Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). According to Coleman, two of the gardens in question- the Unity Towers Tenant Association Garden on Surf Ave. and the Senior Citizens Block Association of Mermaid Avenue Garden on W. 20th St.- "are located on a site we plan to offer for the development of affordable housing."

The fate of the third garden mentioned on Flatbush Gardener, The Surf Side Garden on W. 29th St., remains unclear.

- post by Ben Nadler

1 comment:

Henry said...

Coleman told me that Surf Side may be offered up along with the other two, although he was much less certain about its fate than he was about the other two.

Without solid information, I left it out of the story.