Monday, April 12, 2010
Monday Morning in Boerum Hill: The Hoyt Street Garden
We had to be in downtown Brooklyn for business early this morning, and after we were done by Borough Hall and the courthouses, we strolled through Brooklyn Heights across Montague Street and down Hicks Street and then across Atlantic Avenue to the lush oasis of the Hoyt Street Garden.
Just twenty-five by fifty feet, it is a beautiful community garden oasis created by neighbors and merchants in 1975 - when we used to come here regularly to see our shrink, Madelon Erlichman, C.S.W., at her loft at 141 Atlantic, and then go to Sahadi's to buy some sweets or nuts. After we moved to Florida and spent mid-1980s summers here, we used to come by to go to the nearby 3HO ashram for Kundalini yoga or to visit Sikh friends on State Street.
The Hoyt Street Garden, one of the city's oldest community gardens, is supported by the Hoyt Street Association and maintained by members of the Green Team, a group of local volunteers who water and maintain the garden. It's a wonderful spot in a hectic and busy neighborhood.