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Cooper Street Community Garden

34 Cooper Street
(between Broadway and
Bushwick Avenue)

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. 

 

Sponsored By   

Patio Area Sponsored by Rhodebeck Charitable Trust

Garden Designer

Yvi McEvilly

Garden Coordinator

Red Rogers

 


 


Founded in 1982, the Cooper Street Community Garden produces a variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs with the help of a group of dedicated gardeners of all different ages from the surrounding neighborhood.

Cooper Street Community Garden underwent a total renovation in 2012. With input from community members, NYRP's design team transformed the garden, building 19 new planting beds and adding needed features like a garden shed, compost toilet, rainwater collection system, and extra-large barbecue grill. But the overall layout was preserved, a testament to local residents’ efficient use of the 3,400 sq.-ft. space for nearly a decade.

“Cooper Street was already a well-functioning community garden, with a strong neighborhood group. It just needed some retrofitting and restoring,” says Yvi McEvilly, NYRP’s Director of Design. At community meetings, around two-dozen active gardeners discussed amenities that would make the space even more productive and enjoyable, and with support from Rhodebeck Charitable Trust, NYRP delivered. The garden now boasts shaded benches under a new pergola, picnic tables, and vertical frames for climbing vines around the parameter.  A long stretch of broken concrete, once a tripping hazard for seniors, was removed and replaced with permeable pavers.  

Squash, carrots, and collard greens are longtime favorites at Cooper Street. Now, gardeners from the neighborhood’s growing Bangladeshi community are cultivating new foods, like karela (bitter gourd).

To help ensure the garden continues to serve as an active green space and engages local residents for years to come, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) staff and horticulture crews work with community members to remove trash and provide ongoing maintenance, building assistance and plant material for the garden – including wood for raised planting beds, gardening tools, compost and vegetable seedlings.

Located in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, the 3,400-square-foot garden serves a mixed commercial and residential neighborhood whose residents are primarily of Hispanic and African-American descent.