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Eastern Parkway Coalition Garden
1029 Union Street [map]
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Founded in 1970
Situated on top of the Eastern Parkway Shuttle Station, this huge 20,000 square foot community garden, which is also known as Union Street Garden and Community Development, raises a substantial amount of produce for the community. Community gardeners suffered injustice when Transit Police took the garden for a parking lot and cut down several trees. Gardeners fought to get their garden back. Later, in the 90s, the MTA closed the garden to renovate the station.
After construction was completed, and with the assistance of GreenThumb, GrowNYC helped the gardeners rebuild an extensive array of raised beds, new wood fencing, pathways and plantings, a tool shed, brightly colored tables and benches and a shade tent. DEP architects designed a shade structure and plantings to hide the concrete roof of the station, and a permanent water system.