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Bridge Plaza
Community Garden

Corner of Concord and Bridge Streets

Brooklyn, New York

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HOURS

All NYRP community gardens must hold a minimum of 20 open hours per week. Please check the bulletin board at the garden for times and details. 

 

Garden Coordinator

Juliette V. Ibelli

 


 

Overseen by the Bridge Plaza Association of local residents, this garden has flourished since the 1970s and is a lovely patch of green welcoming those crossing the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn.  Since its inception, several local groups have contributed to the maintenance of the garden, including students from P.S. 141K who use the garden as part of their science curriculum.

In 2005, a renovation plan designed by students from the Parsons School of Design’s WORKstudio Program made the space even more attractive, incorporating terraced planting areas, additional trees, a brick walkway and covered community space.  In addition, Parsons’ students integrated reclaimed materials into the garden’s design – including timber, bricks, boulders and slate from a local construction site – and installed green innovations, such as a rainwater collection system and solar-powered lighting and irrigation.  Later that year, the Bridge Plaza Community Garden received a special commendation in the "Greenest Block in Brooklyn" competition – an annual competition that promotes borough-wide beautification and greening efforts.

In 2006, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) engaged a group of volunteers from the nearby FEGS Day Habilitation Program – a program that seeks to provide developmentally disabled individuals throughout the five boroughs with necessary life skills through community programming and volunteerism – to assist with weekly maintenance in the garden.  In addition, science-based classes from the Science Skills High School and poetry and art classes from the Brooklyn International High School – both located across the street from this community green space – have incorporated the garden into their curricula.

Also in 2006, NYRP further beautified this Brooklyn village green by planting seven rose bushes through a generous donation provided by Remember Me Rose Garden – a non-profit organization that established and maintains three rose gardens at each of the three sites affected by September 11, 2001, as a memorial to those who lost their lives that day.  Then, in 2007, NYRP added new fencing and flower planters that extend the Bridge Plaza Community Garden’s beautifying presence into the adjacent streetscape.  Local residents continue to clean and green this lovely space, providing the surrounding community and city with a truly unique, natural oasis.

Located in the Downtown section of the borough, this 2,500-square-foot garden serves a neighborhood comprised primarily of residential, office and government buildings