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Garden of Hope

392 Hancock Street

Brooklyn, New York




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

Cullman & Kravis Design Firm

Garden Designer

Ellie Cullman

Garden Coordinator

Lori Walters




Founded by local residents in 1982, The Garden of Hope was adopted in 2006 by interior designer Ellie Cullman, Co-Founder of the design firm Cullman & Kravis, Inc. Cullman generously provided the design for this community space, which she dedicated to her late business partner and beloved friend, Hedi Kravis. Impressed by what local residents had accomplished with few resources, Cullman became determined to provide the neighborhood with an even greener and more beautiful oasis – one that would not only better serve community needs, but would also honor Kravis. As Brooklyn natives, Cullman and Kravis – both of whom were born and raised in the area – were no strangers to this community’s need for open, green space.

While undertaking two years of careful planning and execution, Cullman simultaneously raised the funding essential to support New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) restoration of The Garden of Hope through significant donations provided by many of Kravis’ long-time friends and business associates. Eagerly awaited and supported by the surrounding community, the garden was officially re-opened in May 2008.

This revitalized green space echoes a spirit of renewal that is steadily reinvigorating its neighborhood of beautiful old brownstones. Featuring a variety of sculptural elements – including concrete globes of various sizes, travertine pavers, a lawn and gazebo, green walls of espaliered Euonymus, a sprinkler system, a distinctive wrought iron gate and garden sheds – The Garden of Hope has become a popular place for everything from community gatherings to weddings and youth recreation to quiet contemplation. During the summer of 2008, NYRP also used this green space to host one in a series of the organization’s popular Movie Nights, as well as a variety of education events.

Located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, this 2,000-square-foot garden also serves as an ideal location for hosting many events promoted by the Hancock Block Association, which has taken a leadership role in maintaining the space.