Essex Street Community Garden
All NYRP community gardens hold a minimum of 20 open hours per week. Please check the bulletin board at the garden for times and details.
Established in 1996 by local gardeners, the centerpiece of the Essex Street Community Garden is a series of large, raised planting beds enclosed by low stone walls that provide ample space for cultivating vegetables and herbs. Community members use these beds to grow everything from peppers and tomatoes to eggplant and oregano, while additional beds located along the wall and fence bordering the garden are used for ornamental plantings, including two apple, two pear and two peach trees. Crushed gravel paths weave around and between planting areas, which are sustained by a rainwater collection system that diverts stormwater runoff from the sewers of adjacent buildings.
This sunny garden in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn is located within a few blocks of five public schools.