Eastern Parkway Coalition Garden

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. 

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State's investment of $15 million in the construction of a new Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the Bronx. The hub, which will be used by GrowNYC's Greenmarket Co. program, will be a state-of-the-art 120,000 square foot facility that will greatly increase New Yorkers' access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.