From The New York Shitty Inbox: What’s Up At BaNoNa?
Ann Kansfield, co-proprietress of our local Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry and all-around Garden Spot badass writes:
Where did the camper on the corner of Nassau and North 15 street go?
Well, I cannot answer that question but I CAN tell you what is happening. Per the gentlemen working on the site (which formerly housed a gas station), they are preparing it for a film shoot. I know, this is hardly shocking news: north Brooklyn is the location of choice for many a film company as well all know. Rather, I would like to pose a(nother) question:
What is going to happen after this plot has ceased to be used for this purpose?
I for one (and Ann concurred) think it would be a wonderful location for a community garden. Granted, the soil is probably laden with god-only-knows-what— and for this reason raised beds would have to be pressed into service. Nonetheless, if ever there was an area in our fair burgh that could use a little greenery this would be near the top of the list. Thoughts, anyone?
Closing on a somewhat related note I would like to take a moment to draw attention to something about which I feel quite strongly: the Greenpoint Reformed Church’s Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry. Many people reading this are undoubtedly aware of the great work Ann and Jen do. however, what you might not be aware of is on top of/despite having their funding cut last year, they are giving groceries to more people than ever. We’re talking in excess of 650 people, our neighbors, a week. If my memory serves me correctly this is triple the number of people they assisted a couple of years ago. Times are truly tough indeed!
For this reason I implore those who are able to make a donation of time or money to this very worthy cause. Those who are able to do so can make a monetary donation by clicking here. Otherwise, any/all interested volunteers can/should check out their “Volunteer” page.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: This evening the Greenpoint Reformed Church gave groceries to over 700 people.