Greenpoint Gazette
Tanay Warerkar
WHSAD AP Giovanni D'Amato, Dana Rachlin and Councilmember Levin pose with the teen volunteers

Last of Beautifying Garden Boxes Installed in Greenpoint

BY Tanay Warerkar

Things just got a whole lot greener in Greenpoint.

The final phase of Operation Teach Learn Grow – the project that installed 25 garden boxes throughout the neighborhood is now complete.

Created in collaboration between the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, students from the Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design (WHSAD), and the office of Councilman Steve Levin, the project is employing the creative smarts, talent, and hard work of local students to beautify the neighborhood.

“This is a shining example of how commerce and community can collaborate to bring about positive change to the neighborhood,” said Dana Rachlin, the Director of Development at the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, who also volunteered Saturday when the final set of boxes were placed throughout the neighborhood.

Funded by a $20,000 grant from the Walentas Foundation, the boxes were designed and conceptualized by students at WHSAD. Each of the boxes represents different landmarks in the neighborhood.

Students worked on all aspects of the project including gardening, mulching, weeding, and even cleaning up the sidewalks before the garden boxes were put in place.

Lisa Bloodgood from Levin’s office gave the students a tree care workshop Saturday when the final installation phase was underway.

What had started off with 15 students in the morning had swelled to 40 students by the afternoon working hard to complete the project.

The boxes are livening up the streets already. Some of the locations where you’ll come across them include Charlotte Patisserie, Brooklyn Bowl, the North Brooklyn Development Corporation, the Polish and Slavic Center, and of course at the location where it all began last September, WHSAD.


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