McCarren Park Demonstration Garden

457 Leonard Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Founded in 2016

McCarren Park Demonstration Garden is a 6,000 square foot open space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Originally built in 2016, the garden features raised beds for growing edibles, gathering areas for community events and workshops, a 200-gallon rainwater harvesting system, and intensive and extensive green roofs atop two shipping containers.  

The space is stewarded by a neighborhood group @mccarrendemogarden, who run community events and donate the food they grow to community fridges in North Brooklyn.

GrowNYC also uses the space throughout the growing season for volunteer days where large groups build garden beds and other garden infrastructure for other open spaces.  In 2022, volunteers at McCarren built more than 200 garden beds and 100 benches that were donated to NYC Parks GreenThumb and school gardens all across the city, as well as decorating produce bags for giveaways and GrowNYC's Farmstand program.


As of June 2024, all GrowNYC Zero Waste programming has ended.  Click here to find alternative zero waste resources.