Culture on the Cheap
The Curious Case Of 651 Metropolitan Avenue
Ever since the fence gracing this derelict site became a searing shade of pink it has been a source of curiousity (and grudging admiration) to yours truly. In fact, I have made it a point to check in on it periodically. Not that much has really happened, mind you. Over the winter the fence’s vibrant hue became weathered and, well, it was looking more than a little worse for wear.* Last month it finally collapsed.
My buddy at Queens Crap even texted me:
Hot pink fence @metro & leonard now has grass skirt doors!
That’s when things started to get interesting.
This was the sight which awaited me when I strolled by yesterday afternoon.
It was understandably a source of much curiosity. This kind of thing happens when people become acclimatized to looking at eyesores like this derelict lot. Every day.
And my curiosity finally got the better of me: I asked the woman watering this nascent garden what gives. Here’s what she had to say:
- She is responsible for this (interrupted) fence’s pinkness.
- When the middle section collapsed she erected the reed cordons you see above… and contacted the owner of this property to propose planting a garden on his property. She made sure to send photos of her handiwork.
- Not only did he approve of this endeavor— but he requested she give the fence a fresh coat of paint!
Only in Williamsburg would an all too common case of Bloomblight blossom— replete with Pepto Bismol colored paint! In closing, here are a couple shots from Rose Red & Lavender. As I understand it they are peeps behind these plants.
*As documented by the Department of Buildings. In March.
Problem solved. By a citizen.