Fannie Barnes Children's Playground

447 Sheffield Avenue [map]
East New York, Brooklyn
Founded in July 1992

When originally built in 1992 vacant lots stretched for 3 blocks. This Lots-for-Tots Playground was vandalized and rendered useless within 5 years. New housing helped stabilize the neighborhood. GrowNYC renovated this park-playground in 2005 with assistance from KABOOM! Urban Strategies parents selected new play equipment. Over 100 volunteers came out for the Build day. Recycled lumber replaced rotten wood tables, the mural was touched up and safety surfacing was replenished, and a whole playground was raised in one wet day.

 


 

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.