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 Fresh Food Box program.  


Due to air quality conditions, GrowNYC outdoor programming sites have been adjusted. Greenmarkets will be open on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11. All compost sites will be closed on Saturday, June 10, except Union Square Greenmarket.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Zero Waste

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

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

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.