2011-07-01 / Community

New Hip Hop Community Garden Opens On B.58 St.

By Miriam Rosenberg

This past Wednesday, a long-standing empty lot on the corner of Beach 59 Street and Edgemere Avenue was transformed into a new community garden in just one day.

Earlier this year, Fiskars, the makers of home and garden products awarded the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance its 2011 Project Orange Thumb Garden Makeover.

Also joining forces for the makeover was the Home Depot Foundation. The ribbon cutting on the new 7,500-square-foot Hip Hop Community Garden took place in the afternoon.

“This really came together because of all these kids,” said Jeanne Dupont, the president of RWA of the organization’s young people.

NY 1 anchor and former Rockaway resident Cheryl Wills said she often walked past the rotted lot when she a young person. She said,“it really means the world to me that children put life back in this lot.” All Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.



NY 1 weekend evening anchor Cheryl Willis, who grew up in Ocean Village and Hammels told the crowd “It’s good to be home.” Right, Paul Tonnesen, left, the president of Fiskars Americas is joined by Fiskars’ vice president for marketing, Jay Gillespie and Rockaway resident Hank Iori in cementing down the Hip Hop Garden sign. NY 1 weekend evening anchor Cheryl Willis, who grew up in Ocean Village and Hammels told the crowd “It’s good to be home.” Right, Paul Tonnesen, left, the president of Fiskars Americas is joined by Fiskars’ vice president for marketing, Jay Gillespie and Rockaway resident Hank Iori in cementing down the Hip Hop Garden sign.

Among those cutting the ribbon on the new garden are 100 Precinct Community Council president Danny Ruscillo; Mark Scott representing Borough president Helen Marshall; Morgan Jones from the mayor’s office; Paul Tonnesen, president Fiskar Americas; RWA president Jeanne Dupont; republican district leader Jane Deacy and Cheryl Wills of NY 1. Among those cutting the ribbon on the new garden are 100 Precinct Community Council president Danny Ruscillo; Mark Scott representing Borough president Helen Marshall; Morgan Jones from the mayor’s office; Paul Tonnesen, president Fiskar Americas; RWA president Jeanne Dupont; republican district leader Jane Deacy and Cheryl Wills of NY 1.

Youngsters from the area pitched in to beautify their block. Youngsters from the area pitched in to beautify their block.

Volunteers scurry around in the background as this young fellow adds water to some new plants. Volunteers scurry around in the background as this young fellow adds water to some new plants.

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