Founded in 1985, The Brooklyn Bear’s Pacific Street Community Garden was named after a teddy bear gardeners found in the weeds at an early workday. At a time when the City had all but abandoned their corner of Brooklyn, neighbors took matters into their own hands with a beautification project that has endured for over 25 years.
By 1988, the Bears began organizing to make the garden a permanent part of Flatbush Avenue. By 1990, an agreement was in place to include the garden in any planned development, but a recession ended that original development plan.
In 1997 a new development project began, and the original Pacific Street Garden was plowed to make way for mall buildings next door. After incredible community support, the Bear’s fought back and recreated the garden on a portion of the original site. Since 1999, the group has been tending the current garden.
With strong support from the community, the Borough President Howard Golden’s office, and City and State officials, the Pacific Street Bear’s Garden, along with 2 sister Bear gardens, are now a permanent part of their communities — Carlton and Rockwell safe under the NYC Parks Department.
At the Bear’s, gardeners tend veggie beds, flower areas, the water garden, work an active compost system, sit and enjoy the beauty, or join in at one of the many workdays or BBQs.
Block 927, Lot 26
Community Board: 2
City Council District: 33 – Stephen Levin
State Senate District: 18 – Velmanette Montgomery
State Assembly District: 52 – Joan Millman
US Congressional District: 11 – Yvette Clark
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