New DUMBO Green Space: John Street Pasture
This summer, DUMBO gains a new green space with the opening of John Street Pasture. This temporary installation is the vision of artist/farmer Andrea Reynosa in collaboration with the site’s developer Alloy, the urban farmers at Brooklyn Grange, Smack Mellon, and Brooklyn Bridge Park to bring new meaning to the previously empty lot.
John Street Pasture utilizes crimson clover seed, a crop that will grow into a lush green field full of beautiful red blossoms. At the end of the summer, the installation will be plowed over but the composted clover and enriched soil will be integrated into a new section of Brooklyn Bridge Park between 1 John Street and the East River.
Although temporary, John Street Pasture seeks to inspire community discussion and draw attention to issues such as sustainable agriculture and urban development. In addition, the DUMBO-based gallery Smack Mellon will be creating opportunities for public engagement with the space during its FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action exhibition.
“This site was vacant and in a state of neglect for a long time, but it was always a site that the community wanted as part of the Park. Now John Street Pasture is a place to learn about urban farming and to explore an area of park that was previously barren and inaccessible,” said Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
John Street Pasture is located at 1 John Street, at the northernmost edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park.