Transforming Community Gardens in Central Brooklyn

Senator Martin M. Dilan said, “Investing in these gardens gives our community a tremendous new opportunity to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of gardening right here in our neighborhoods. I am deeply grateful to Governor Cuomo for his work to create a brighter future for Central Brooklyn.”

Senator Jesse Hamilton said, “I applaud Governor Cuomo for investing in the well-being of the people of Brooklyn. With these community gardens, we are helping people right on the blocks and in the neighborhoods where they live. We continue to make progress towards a healthier and more prosperous Brooklyn.”

Senator Velmanette Montgomery said, “I am proud to represent a district filled with community gardens, which are essential to the wellbeing of my constituents and all New Yorkers. They provide more than just green space. They engage residents in community projects, are educational spaces for young people and some even provide affordable produce for their neighbors. I thank the Governor for this investment and I commend volunteer organizations like Brooklyn Queens Land Trust who work so hard to preserve these neighborhood treasures.”

Senator Kevin Parker said, “The enhancements for community gardens in Brooklyn will benefit the community for many years ahead. These gardens represent positive benefits including the growth of sustainable choices and healthy lifestyles, and as important, they often serve as the heart of the neighborhood for local residents. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his tireless leadership on the Vital Brooklyn initiative and his commitment to improving our communities.” 

Senator Roxanne Persaud said, “I applaud Governor Cuomo and all partners involved in the necessary upgrades to our Brooklyn community gardens. These improvements will serve an integral role in connecting our communities to outdoor spaces and provide healthy alternatives for engagement in recreational activities.” 

Assemblymember Erik Dilan said, “Across our neighborhoods community gardens have played a vital role in shaping who we are, and we must care for, enhance and expand these gardens for the next generations. Thank you Governor Cuomo for your work on this project and the comprehensive Vital Brooklyn initiative.”

Assemblymember Maritza Davila said, “Having served on several Boards and Advisory Committees for several community gardens I can attest to the importance these gardens serve in the revitalization of our communities. I applaud Governor Cuomo and community gardeners across our city for enhancing and caring for these precious spaces that provide us all with a sense of community.”

Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley said, “Community gardens are special places that not only provide dedicated greenspace here in Brooklyn, but also serve as gathering areas for local residents to enjoy the outdoors.  I am proud to be part of today’s announcement and thank Governor Cuomo for these enhancements will impact these neighborhoods for years to come.”

Assemblymember Latrice Walker said, “Today our open space is as important and vital to our health and well-being and more crucial than ever in the development of social bonds. Thank you Governor Cuomo for both recognizing and working with all of us to take the action necessary to improve upon these community treasures.” 

Assemblymember Tremaine Wright said, “I am excited by this effort to put urban gardening within reach of more Brooklyn families, because they improve access to fresh food while encouraging healthy outdoor activity and building connections in the community. I thank Governor Cuomo for making these gardens a part of the strategy to revitalize our Brooklyn neighborhoods.”

Councilman Robert Cornegy said, “Community gardens are places that offer the opportunity to eat healthy, delight our eyes, deliver natures invigorating and refreshing spirit, amuse us through touch, and foster the bonds of community. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, the improvements across these 22 gardens will allow more Brooklynites to engage and enjoy the enriching experience of a community garden right outside their door.”