Located at the corner of 5th Avenue and President Street, this garden was founded in the late 1970’s in what was a predominantly Puerto Rican portion of the Park Slope neighborhood. This small corner lot, on a slope, is an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a reemerging 5th Avenue.
This redesigned garden showcases native plant communities. The smart design has a small cobblestone patio at the upper end. A bluestone pathway winds its way to an oval plaza in the middle where there is also a tool shed with a “green” roof. The lower area features a flagstone patio surrounded by plants on all sides. GrowNYC provided assistance with the renovation.
While it may be the smallest GreenSpace in the BANG Land Trust, it is open to the public more than any other. Through a unique relationship with the Fifth Avenue BID, the garden is opened every morning, then closed by neighbors or workers at the nearby restaurants.
The gardeners put out bistro tables and chairs that are easily moved around. This allows guests to rearrange the space as they wish. It also provides seating for meetings, picnics and a summer movie series. A colorful mural graces the wall at the lower end of the garden.
Block 955, Lot 49
Community Board: 6
City Council District: 39 – Shahana Hanif
NY State Senate District: 25 – Jabari Brisport
State Assembly District: 52 – Jo Anne Simon
US Congressional District: 11 – Nydia Velázquez