Today we went fishing. Not your usual Saturday morning activity in the East Village! Our fish have not heeded social distancing at all this year and now we have way too many of them for our pond to accommodate.
6BC member, Zoe spearheaded the rescue effort along with help from Paul, Kenneth and Janene. It was tricky but we managed to catch around 14 fish and they have gone to their new home at Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn.
In a normal year community gardens are required to be open for 20 hours per week from April 1st though October 31st. This year gardens were unable to open for much of the season due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions. Since our garden had not been open for very long this year we wanted to do something special for the community.
We decided to decorate the garden for Halloween, our last official open day of 2020. 6BC provided a fun and safe Halloween activity in the form of a spooky garden walk-through. “The Haunted Garden”.
October 31st, 2020 was a chilly but brilliant Fall day. Over 200 of our neighbors visited 6BC’s Haunted Garden. Treats were available - they proved just as popular with adults as with the children!
Park’s Dept. and GreenThumb COVID regulations were observed such as social distancing amongst groups, collecting visitors’ contact info and mask-wearing.
A lot of fun was had by all!
Participatory Budgeting in @CarlinaRivera 's District 2 has launched and we’re on the ballot!
Anyone over 11 years old in our district can vote on how we spend $1 million of city funding for local projects.
6BC GARDEN desperately needs its own water source. Currently we must get water from a fire hydrant across the street or use watering cans from filled rain barrels. Please help us to make our community garden even more beautiful as well as safer for our all-volunteer members.
If you live in District 2, please vote for us to get @PB_NYC funding! pbnyc.org/vote
"Miragers", on view from Oct. 20-Nov.3 featuring sculptural installations by five artists in collaboration with 6BC. Described as "a relaxed exploration of magic and mirage". An Opening was held on Oct. 20 from 2-6pm. Tea and refreshments were served. Matthew Noonan played guitar from our library balcony. It was a wonderful Fall day!
Artists: Kevin Evans, Valerie Kamen, Molly Lieberman, Emmanuela Soria Ruiz and August Neuscheler.
We have had solar power at 6BC for almost two decades. It powered things like the pond pump and some electric lights in the tool shed.
The panels and batteries were recently upgraded and now we are able to capture and store even more electricity for use.
A big thanks to Kris, Katherine, Charlie, Nick, Matt our Board, our donors and everyone who helped with the research and installation.
The latter was done on some of the hottest (& sunniest) days of the year.
On May 12 we held an Opening for the @the_collage_garden NYC installation at 6BC. May 12 also happened to be World Collage Day!
Over 100 artworks submitted by artists from 25 different countries were exhibited.
On view through the end of June, 2018.
Thanks so much to all who those made it happen!
@mixdmediamashup @jesscostanzo @ms.yeceniatorres @skinnylazycrazy @artattacknyc @thecurlyflower @6bcgarden @cutpasteface @maddiegcollage @papercutcollages
Thanks also to garden members Zach, Courtney, Soretta, Maya, Janene & Will for helping plus Trent @digital.wasteland for the photos.
On April 29 we held an Opening for Kathy Creutzburg's sculpture installation, "Wayward" (2017, steel & wood, 36"x16"x18").
It will be on view at the garden throughout the summer.
Kathy Kreutzburg is a public artist who uses the landscape to inspire her sculptures, mosaics and paintings. She credits her creative origins to her involvement with community gardens in the East Village during the 1990's.
On a chilly but sunny Spring day 6BC hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for our neighborhood's youngest children.
We received a donation last year that came with a fascinating personal connection to our garden. Elizabeth Liptzin DuBose is the descendant of an immigrant family who lived in the tenement that once stood where our garden is located.
In 1909 her grandfather, then five year old David Liptzin, traveled from Russia to America along with his older brother, mother & uncle. They were to join his father, Benjamin Liptzin who had emigrated to the USA several years earlier.
This Certificate of Naturalization dated February 28, 1912 shows that the family - Benjamin, Fannie, Solomon and younger brother David were all residents of 628 E. 6th Street.
A special thank-you to Benjamin Liptzin’s great-granddaughter, Elizabeth for sharing her family connection to our garden site and for her gift in her ancestors’ memory.
“Loisaida” is still a diverse community of immigrants today. We honor their contribution to the neighborhood and to our garden.
A garden member has generously donated a piece of the Muro Wall to our garden. What was the Muro Wall? Read the article below! You may find it by the small meditation pond in the back of our garden.