Urban Meadow BKLYN
Collaboration with Balmori Associates, The New York City of Parks and Recreation/Greenthumb, The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Dr. Stuart Gaffin
size: 8000 sq feet
Location: downtown Brooklyn, NYC
Date: opened may 2008
Sponsors: Clean Air Communities, Con Edison, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, American Stevedoring Inc. (ASI), The Independence Community Foundation and the Architectural League
Urban Meadow Bklyn transformed a vacant trash strewn 8,000-square-foot site located on the corner of President and Van Brunt Streets in Downtown Brooklyn, into a meadow with rolling grass hills, a sweeping field of wildflowers, and a grove of dogwood trees. Soil from the Temporary landscape project was brought to the site and re-cycled into the project . Dr. Stuart Gaffin and Greg O’Keefe, both research scientists at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University, performed research on the site and its contributions to the overall environment, including data on runoff absorbed, carbon emissions offset and amount of air pollutants filtered by this specific footprint. This information appeared on two green panels at the entrance to the site.
Currently the site is the home of the Red Hook Jazz festival, Community Supported Agriculture, Yoga, and other Community events.