Neighbor ruins Prospect Heights garden

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This is one time when a good fence makes a bad neighbor.

A reckless building owner in Prospect Heights destroyed an adjoining community garden on Vanderbilt Avenue by dumping a giant mound of dirt and rocks on top of vegetables and plants to build a wall between his land and the greenspace.

“It’s just disgusting,” said Patti Hagan, who manages the Prospect Heights Community Garden. “It’s trespassing, illegal dumping and no way to treat a neighbor.”

Hagan said she confronted the dirt-flinger — whom she also photographed drinking beer in the garden — but instead of apologizing, he told her, “Get the f—k out of here,” she claims.

She called the cops, who declined to take action.

The fence-building neighbor in question — Frankie John, who owns the building at 586 Vanderbilt Ave. — admitted to tossing dirt on the garden that occupies his backyard and the backyard of several of his neighbors, but said he didn’t realize there were flowers and veggies there.

“I cleaned it up — what else can I do?” he said, and then denied that he had been drinking or hurling obscenities. “She’s the one getting all rude and nasty.”

It’s odd that the pretty public garden, which is gated-off near St. Marks Avenue, would host such a fiery dispute: The quiet green nook has long offered neighbors peaceful island of refuge amid a sea of concrete.

The land, owned by the Trust for Public Land, was once a rat-infested dump that neighbors rejuvenated in the 1970s. Last month, it even won second place in the “Best Community Garden Streetscape” category of the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” contest.

That’s why green-thumbed residents — who spent hours toiling over landscaping, nurturing plants and hauling bricks to build a pathway — say the huge dirt mountain is as much an affront to the hood as it is a straight-up assault on beauty.

“It’s unbelievab­le,” said Matthew Noah Smith, a college professor who gardens there. “It’s a really special place — and one of those things that makes Brooklyn great.”

Smith, who has since consulted a lawyer, said that cops should take the conflict, which he called a case of criminal mischief, more seriously. Officials at the 77th Precinct did not return calls by press time.

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ladybug from That garden! says:
Oh no!
Sept. 7, 2011, 11:30 am
Quicke from Prospect Heights says:
Anybody who walks past 586 Vanderbilt or the other buildings on the same side of this block bwt. Bergen and St. Marks Ave. knows that some of the people living inside add an unwelcome element to the street. It doesn't surprise me at all that the owner or his tenants threw dirt and crap over this wall. The tenants in the building can often be seen grilling on the sidewalk, blasting music via Nissan Maxima, drinking beer and smoking weed, or harassing people as they walk by when the gang is all together. I tell anyone I know who walks up Vanderbilt Ave. to cross the street and don't walk infront of those buildings. So, I am not at all surprised by this woman's claim.
Sept. 7, 2011, 1:28 pm
Slug from Leaf says:
Oh nooo!
Sept. 7, 2011, 8:23 pm
Robby B. from Clinton Hill says:
sounds like a straight-up hater(s) in da house
you can always grow ivy and morning glories up the wall he builds up, you can even put flower boxes on it

we have a similar but not nearly so anti-social neighboring building in which a small handful toss cigarette butts and trash on our veggies and flowers below

but alcoholism happens

so let's not all take it too personally, and rebuild;
and maybe ask one of the bright kids who aren't burnouts
who are at these loud sidewalk bbq's if his/her mom wants to join the garden or check out the children's garden (have one? hope so!) - you never know, just thinking of the ol' extend the olive branch story; if they show interest - most kids do...

I wish you peace and good luck in Prospect Hts. and keep it green! Your kids and gardeners look great (if only despondent and bewildered for now). Just make believe Irene did it (but if the drunk neighbor doesn't apologize, then your lawyer, well, "God Bless" him/her!)

Vanderbilt is a pretty street. I like to dine and cycle there. Hope to see your garden green again soon!
Best of luck!

Thanks for the story, Ms. Natalie O'Neill; well done.
Sept. 7, 2011, 8:38 pm
K. from ArKady says:
Brooklyn Gothic.
Sept. 7, 2011, 10:48 pm
Margaret from Park Slope says:
So this means that I can dump a truckload of dirt on my neighbor's property, and the police consider it a private matter? So if my neighbor doesn't have the deep pockets necessary to hire a lawyer and sue, I'm home free? Who knew?
Sept. 8, 2011, 11:19 am
Mr. Baerga from Cartagena says:
This is absolutely wonderful.

Don't these hayseeds have anything better to do than waste police time and insist that having a small garden is worthy of media coverage?
Sept. 8, 2011, 11:30 am
Robby B. from Clinton Hill says:
"Mr." Baerga from Cartagena,

May your shorts be infested with fleas, ticks, and bedbugs, you sad excuse for a man!

I challenge you to a fist fight, you scumbag.

Baerga sounds like "Barf!" to me. May you be run over by a bicycle and lose a hand.
Sept. 8, 2011, 11:53 am
SwampYankee from Hipseter Infested Brooklyn says:
The part you are missing is that he did not dump anything on the Trustafarians property. The try-hard hipsters have no property. They were using property they did not see anyone using so they figured it was their own personnel communist collective. They didn't won this land so why di they have any say over what happens to it. Unlike the vast swatches of square space wasteland from the spaces they originally came from property actually belongs to pepole. They just can't use it. If they tried to plant crops on other peoples land in the states they undoubtedly came from they would have been arrested or even shot. FRankly, if they wanted to be urban adventure farmers they should have stayed where they came from. This is where I was born, not an urban theme park. Self entittled-trustfund hipster fauxhemians. Next thing you know they will be putting a bike lane in. Go home and take Margret with you
Sept. 8, 2011, 12:34 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
How about if I shoved a lightpole up your ass and used you as a garden hoe in that weed farm, you helium-voiced, whiny ironic neckbeard?
Sept. 8, 2011, 12:40 pm
manhatposeur from manhat says:
Hey swamp yankee without hipster your neighberhood would be a blighted urban jungle and gentrification would be the least of your worries.
Sept. 8, 2011, 1 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Hipsters are a form of blight unto themselves. As Swamp yankee pointed out, these useless me-monkeys try to convert any neighborhood they infest into a fantasy land to suit their stunted, adolescent lifestyle.
Sept. 8, 2011, 1:08 pm
Lou from Upstate says:
But their hearts are in the right place, Joe. That's more than anyone can say about you.
Sept. 8, 2011, 1:32 pm
SwampYankee from Brooklyn says:
Wrong again, born here 52 years ago and hipsters are the worst thing to ever happen to the neighborhood. They did nothing but move into the vacuum created when Gulliani cleaned up the city. They didn't clean it, they moved to a place somebody else had cleaned up. Gentrifing, non working trust fund bed bug infested polyps are ruining Brooklyn. 52 years, seen it with my own eye. It's like white bread Disneyland now because of you out of state cancers
Sept. 8, 2011, 2:26 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Shouldn't you be checking to see if your monthly stipend has been deposited, Lou. You probably haven't had a $27 organic dog walk fertilized tomato in at least two weeks.
Sept. 8, 2011, 2:40 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
DOn't see what they were upset about. Didn't he dump genuine Brooklyn dirt on the farm Last week there was some hipster feathered in the Times selling test tubes of genuine Brooklyn dirt for $25 bucks a pop? A couple of shovel fulls must be worth billions. It might have even been free range, sustainable, organic, roof top, sustainable fixed gear dirt!
Sept. 8, 2011, 3:20 pm
J M from Bay Ridge says:
Margaret and others,

It was Beer Guy's back yard, OK? Get it? His property. not Megan and Hummus's. Why don't they build their garden on the roofs of the 'Shwick like the rest of their faux hobo unicycle-riding kickball playing 35 year old Peter Pan-ish buddies?
Sept. 8, 2011, 3:46 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
the hack intern writing this useless hipster ego massage didn't even do her job by researching the name of the property owner of 586. It's Valerie Boatswain, not Frankie John.
Sept. 8, 2011, 3:47 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
CowPatti and the ark builder don't want to bring a shyster into this, If the court orders a survey to determine property lines and this survey determines that the community garden was illegally widened so as to encroach into the homeowners' backyards, which, the garden abuts, I'll personally bring a backhoe and rip up everything on the wrong side of the property lines.
Sept. 8, 2011, 4:44 pm
Mr. Baerga from Cartagena says:
"Quicke from Prospect Heights says:
...some of the people living inside add an unwelcome element to the street....The tenants in the building can often be seen grilling on the sidewalk....I tell anyone I know who walks up Vanderbilt Ave. to cross the street and don't walk infront of those buildings."

Those "lowlife" tenants don't have anywhere else to go because Malachai, Meghan and the rest of this closed-community group of garden nazis have monopolized any space in the backyards. There is no place left to grill outside for any one else in the "diverse" community that they claim to benefit.

You're really afraid and warn your friends to cross the street because of people you don't even know?
Sept. 8, 2011, 5:32 pm
Mr. Baerga from Cartagena says:
More idiot interns posing as writers. good thing you got your monthly allowance.
Sept. 8, 2011, 5:36 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
"Idiot intern" is redundant. Posing is the only thing these squeegee blade armed neckbearded Haydens and whimsically untalented Bullwinke J. Moose cankled, ink-armed Natalies and Bovinas are good at. Posing as undiscovered, up and coming writers, kickball designers, organic latte foam engineers, musicians et cetera and ad nauseum. They can afford to indulge in their adolescent delusions as long as the-stay-away-from-home-until-we-move-to-an-unlisted-address funds from mommy and daddy are deposited on the first of every month.
Sept. 8, 2011, 5:56 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Quoting Mr. Baerga from Cartagena:

"Those "lowlife" tenants don't have anywhere else to go because Malachai, Meghan and the rest of this closed-community group of garden nazis have monopolized any space in the backyards. There is no place left to grill outside for any one else in the "diverse" community that they claim to benefit."

They believe in diversity anly as long that is limited various sub-species of white, tract housing in some God-forsaken rural mall community-raised, neurotic, trust fund sustained, bedbug breeding, cultural vampire me-monkeys. Anyone with even the hint of a suntan is looked at as a potential criminal.
Sept. 8, 2011, 6:11 pm
Mr. Baerga from Cartagena says:
"Robby B. from Clinton Hill says:
Baerga sounds like "Barf!" to me. May you be run over by a bicycle and lose a hand."

First off, you are not "from" Clinton Hill you interloping wanna-be urban pioneer.

Second, It seems to me that you cyclists are the ones getting run over everyday because you are all so oblivious to your surroundings. These aren't the cul-de-sacs you spent your life riding around in circles eating fruit-rollups. Pay attention to the road!!!!
Sept. 8, 2011, 6:43 pm
Pat I. from Bensonhurst says:
My father has a garden about 1/4 acre in size. He works the thing in shorts and a t-shirt. Millions of people each year plant gardens without making the local paper. Why do these attention starved paste-eaters feel the need to dress like they're prepping for a Dorothea Lange photo shoot? Since when do you have to dress like Junior Samples to plant seeds?

It's a goddamn garden for Christ sake. Does everything they do have to be lauded with angels trumpeting their ingenuity? I don't think Madam Curie got this much attention when she discovered radium.

finally I don't buy this whole shtick.not one bit. If you relly wanted to get serious about famring there are a million places in Canada with clean, cheap and rich land that can be had for chump change. Why would you choose to grow produceon a postage stamp sized parcel in one of the most congested, expensive, polluted and densely populated areas on the planet?

These "Grapes of Wrath" attention whores are playing on mommy and daddy's dime. This crap is simply a diversion until mommy and daddy come through with their funds for the experimental clyamation nazi snuff film that's sure to get mr. Spielberg's attention - this time.
Sept. 8, 2011, 8:50 pm
Staceyjw from Williamsburg says:
Didn't the guy say he cleaned it up? Is this not good enough?

I'm sure had they talked to the guy nicely, instead of calling the cops (?!) and trying to sue (?!), they could have worked something out.

Hipsters ARE a blight on NYC, it's damn depressing.
Sept. 8, 2011, 11:37 pm
Hipsterminator from da hood says:
manhatposeur from manhat says:
Hey swamp yankee without hipster your neighberhood would be a blighted urban jungle and gentrification would be the least of your worries.

Sept. 9, 2011, 5:35 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
They misstittled the article Instead of
"Neighbor ruins Prospect Heights garden" it should read:
"Hipsters ruin Prospect Heights Neighborhood"
Sept. 9, 2011, 7:55 am
Pat from Ft. Greene says:
A lot of the confusion in the responses here result from how unclearly the story was written. It says the dumper was building a wall between his space and the garden (which is kinda stupid, if you've ever built a wall with anything you'll know that a pile of dirt will only wash back into your basement); but that he destroyed the garden; that the garden is fenced; and finally that the garden is owned by the Trust for Public Land. So what really happened?

This guy admits he did dump on the garden (which is NOT his property, despite a reference in the story which says the garden occupies several private owners' backyards, which is just flat out stupid!) so the police should definitely follow up on this complaint. Trespassing and destruction of property (yes, even flowers and vegetables) is criminal. It also seems like he just admitted it in a newspaper, so there really shouldn't be any problem with a court case. And another against the precinct if they continue to ignore the complaint.

Take this to your councilperson.

And Natalie, learn how to write.
Sept. 9, 2011, 11:30 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Pat from Ft. Greene you are an idiot. The hipsters didn't own the property that was dumped on. They were either renters or illegitimate sharecroppers using community space. So you suggestions: Call the cops again. Well they already investigated and decided no charges. Case is closed Pat. Over, closed, Done. next you say Call your councilperson. REally Pat? For some soiled petunias? Why stop there? Call the Governor, or you senator. Let me know how that phone call goes. Sue the police precient? Now you are just making case law. Nobody has every sued a specific police precient. You can' sue the cops. Sue, Sue, Sue.......always the answer tie up the courts with this stupid horse——. The dirt in the yard is smarter than you. Let me guess, you moved here from Ohio 5 years ago so now you are a real "Brooklynite" You are a hipster poseur. Go back to where you came from. real New Yorkers don't want you here
Sept. 9, 2011, 12:38 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Take a look at an aerial photo of the area. Also, go to and you can see that the community garden abuts the bacyards of 584-594 Vanderbilt Ave. I'll wager that the garden encroaches over the property lines of every building lot. If, in fact, it does, the guy had every right to tear anything up which was illegally placed on 586's side of the property line. He doesn't need the permission of these urban Johnny Appleseeds, nor does he need to take any precautions to safeguard the crap planted on his (actually, Valerie Boatswain's) property. Encroachment is illegal.
Sept. 9, 2011, 12:40 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Take the supporting cast from "deliverance" with you.
Sept. 9, 2011, 12:42 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
"Take the supporting cast from "deliverance" with you."
Sept. 9, 2011, 12:44 pm
Sophie from LG says:
Awwwww... poor hipsters...
Sept. 9, 2011, 12:47 pm
manhatposeur from manhat says:
Easy there Swamp Yankee! I visit a girl from Ohio who lives in the slope!
Sept. 9, 2011, 1:06 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Is she a Yoder from Mt. Hope? Inbreeding is a popular group activity in those parts. It's possible that she's her own grandfather.
Sept. 9, 2011, 1:16 pm
Hipsterhater from Queens says:
I feel bad for my Brooklyn buddies because the invasion of these bike riding beardo bedug incubators is ridiculous. Somebody should just wipe out northern Brooklyn and start it all over again.
Sept. 9, 2011, 1:21 pm
Ezn from Greenwood Heights says:
They don't look like hipsters to me. I see no tattoos, I see no beards, I see no big eyeglasses, I see no fixies.

I see jeans, t-shirts, gardening tools, kids, i.e., regular people.

Patti Hagen is definitely not a hipster.

So much frickin' hate. Hope you choke on it.
Sept. 9, 2011, 2 pm
jen from P Hights says:
"are pretty much the last pocket of —— on that street."

are the last what? Blacks on that street?

Iit's about economics not race. i love my neighborhood, and have been there for 5 years. i love how mixed it is, a real slice of NY and one of the only places where my husband of a different race & I feel at 100% comfortable living. BUT i am sick of all distain for black people from the people who just moved in. I get it, you’ve got nothing against blacks, you just don’t like that type of black people right? Yeah, those people are annoying, and hopefully they will soon be gone- I’m black & i don't like them either. Aat the same time, new kids, this is their home. Where they were born, and are a product of your/ their neighborhood. When they are forced out by high rents to make way or more of your ( & my) buddies, remember the history of segregation in this country. By ostracizing them, by crossing the street (lame btw), you are putting more distance between them then you may realize by perpetuating racial segregation. Their kids need you. Their kids need to see that there is another, less obnoxious way to live, they need to feel embarrassed that their parents are not like the other adults that they see so that one day those kids too will be like you and me. Not forced deeper into a monotone ghetto only to become a future sidewalk taker upper.

all the ghettos in this city are becoming trendy places to live. Where do you feel it would be more appropriate that those --- people to move to?
Sept. 9, 2011, 3:26 pm
Mr. Baerga from Cartagena says:
@Vanderbilter from P hieghts

The gaggle of racist scumbags that have infested our neighborhoods with their pretentious, gentrifying entitlement really are pathetic. What a racist ass you are.
Sept. 9, 2011, 4:06 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Nicely done, jen.

The average skeletal, helium-voiced, trust fund-subsidized sustainable Macbook zoid is inherently racist. This is a result of their insular upbringing in some whitebread tract housing mega-mall flyover state community. They've never been exposed to anything other than what they see in a mirror. When they embark on their parent-paid for staycation in New york city, they are overcome by culture shock. They want to go to an authentic Mexican taqueria, as long as the owner is a look-like-them clone named Blaine and the one making the food is Hayden, an artisanal burritista sous chef from Peyton, Wyoming. The same goes when they are forced to interact with Asians, blacks or anyone else who is too ethnic to suit their tastes. They are all for diversity as long as that is limited to other shoelace-armed neckbeard fauxhemian recycled trash designers. They use the word "THEM" as a codeword to identify anybody who doesn't fit their ideal of who should have the privilege of co-habitating the new magical utopias they've created by forcing out the people who have lived there previously for generations.
Sept. 9, 2011, 4:08 pm
Mr. Baerga from Cartagena says:
"Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
They believe in diversity anly as long that is limited various sub-species of white, tract housing in some God-forsaken rural mall community-raised, neurotic, trust fund sustained, bedbug breeding, cultural vampire me-monkeys. Anyone with even the hint of a suntan is looked at as a potential criminal."

This has been made apparent over and over again. The "community diversity" that these interloping, "urban-pioneers" scream all day long about is non-existing. They support segregation in its every form.
Sept. 9, 2011, 4:11 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
"Ezn from Greenwood Heights says:
They don't look like hipsters to me. I see no tattoos, I see no beards, I see no big eyeglasses, I see no fixies.

I see jeans, t-shirts, gardening tools, kids, i.e., regular people.

Patti Hagen is definitely not a hipster.

So much frickin' hate. Hope you choke on it."

Of course you don't think they are hipsters. Because YOU are a hipster. I see organic gardening, rent raising gentrifying fly over state imports. Lots of people have gardens, only a hipster would crow about it. Where was Patti Hagen born? Out of state, no? No Doubt she has some sort of advanced liberal arts degree. And she has that smug little vegan face. And they guy next to her? What fair trade coffee shop is he a barrister at? I'm sure you don't think you are a hipster either. But we know you are. we can tell by your cankles. You are correct about one thing though. "so much hate" go home please
Sept. 9, 2011, 4:31 pm
chingate from prospect heights says:
Hi there ——-faced Mr. Baerga and low-watt brained Joe Z!

I know the truth: you are sweaty little monkeys getting their balls tickled by a pregnant alley cat, and so are jumping up and down on the same broken keyboard. Amazing that this creepy menage a trois leads to verbs and nouns strung together into what look like sentences.

Lest other readers accidentally suspect these "sentences" express something like what is true, allow me to reveal a few facts:

1. The garden's been there for more than 30 years, back even before crack was king on St. Marks. Nary a hipster in sight then - only enterprising Brooklynites committed to making their neighborhood a better place.

2. The garden is owned by the Brooklyn Queens Landtrust and administered by the members of the garden. The BQLT has gardens all over Brooklyn and Queens. Check the BQLT website.

3. The damage to this particular garden was extensive and criminal - the same sort of crime that extensive graffiti counts as. If someone came to your house and spraypainted the front of it, I suppose you'd be pissed off.

4. I have no idea why this is covered by the Brooklyn paper. Maybe it was a slow news week.
Sept. 9, 2011, 4:33 pm
chingate from prospect heights says:
swamp yankee -

i HATE immigrants too! this guy who drives my bus - not even from the united states!

let's you and me go —— a pig in the shed and then shoot these immigrant jerkoffs! we'd have brooklyn all to ourselves and our dirty italian families!

oh —— wait! your grandfather moved to brooklyn? he had a mustache? oh no! he's a hipster douchebag! if only we could have killed him too! before he had your mom.
Sept. 9, 2011, 4:37 pm
Yen from here, right here says:
i would love to join a community garden, they all seem so inclusive though. how can we get involved too?
Sept. 9, 2011, 4:40 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
"chingate from prospect heights says:
swamp yankee -

i HATE immigrants too! this guy who drives my bus - not even from the united states!

let's you and me go —— a pig in the shed and then shoot these immigrant jerkoffs! we'd have brooklyn all to ourselves and our dirty italian families!

oh —— wait! your grandfather moved to brooklyn? he had a mustache? oh no! he's a hipster douchebag! if only we could have killed him too! before he had your mom."

I love immigrants. People trying to make a better life for themselves by moving to New York. We tend to get the best and the brightest from other countries and fully support encouraging more immigration.
However, transplants from other states that just want to move to NYC to turn it into a white bread extension of their liberal arts campus is not the same thing. Hipsters want to turn this into a playground and contribute NOTHING. They actually push real immigrants out. Just look at the demographics. As for my and my grandfather. I was born in Brooklyn 52 years ago. My grandfather died after being pushed down the stairs at Ebbets Field ( all right, he was a drunk and was fighting at Ebbets Field when he hit his head). As for my extended heritage my family arrived here in 1706. Talking DAR materiel. How about you? 2003 or so when you started your great urban adventure?
Sept. 9, 2011, 5:22 pm
Big J from Crown Heights says:
They called the police over a pile of dirt and some vegetables? Seriously? Maybe we should let them worry about real crimes in this neighborhood that are on a serious rise.
Sept. 9, 2011, 10:27 pm
essbee from beverly says:
Get me a beer and get the —— outta here. Allya yuz.
Sept. 10, 2011, 2:02 am from Park Slope says:
I know Patti Hagen all too well. She is a lying ——!
Sept. 10, 2011, 5:57 am from Park Slope says:
Not to mention this —— and these so-called people who love life. They are the ones who wanted two feral cats, fixed and sheltered, to be taken out of the garden and killed! These two cats did NOTHING to that garden. Her and her cronies LIED. The cats did not disturb the garden and did not pee or poop in the garden. I HOPE SOMEONE THROWS MORE DIRT INTO THE GARDEN. Karma is a ——!
Sept. 10, 2011, 6:05 am
Marco Truppi from Prospect Heights says:
These are the same people (Patti Hagan, Missy LoPorto) that cry and moan about our police force but the second someone dumps a little dirt on their precious little garden and cracks open a beer they're dialing 911.
Sept. 10, 2011, 10:42 am
Sorry Patti the project is being built from Village Green Preservation Society says:
As usual a little digging shows these people are not what they want you to think they are. For example, a quick google search on Patti Hagan shows that she open her trap up every time someone wants to overturn a shovel of earth to improve the neighborhood. She is one on the chief obstructionist to building a stadium over the Atlantic Yards. She is the leader of something called the "Prospect Heights Action Coalition" and pretty much buts her nose into everyone's business in the neighborhood. She is the matronly, troll-like genetic catastrophe in the ugly purple shoes. I don't think the guy was trying to throw dirt on the garden, I think he thought hurricane caused a dead body to become unearthed and was just trying to rebury it.
Sept. 10, 2011, 11:34 am
Wow from Prospect Heights says:
What googling skills! I, for one, am impressed. Marco, just because someone has had bad experiences with some police officers and complains about it does not mean they are no longer entitled to protection or to report illegal and destructive behavior.

Pat, I agree that the article is somewhat unclear and misleading. The garden is the garden, the backyards are backyards. The dumping of A LOT of soil from one of the backyards onto the garden was careless and unnecessary. When initially asked to stop, the owner of the building and the workers who tore down the fence, dumped soil into the garden, and built a cinder block wall responded poorly and continued to escalate the conflict.

Those of you complaining about hipsters and such, have you ever been to the garden? Please visit. Or perhaps you'd rather have a parking lot or another cell phone store there?
Sept. 10, 2011, 12:43 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Wow from Prospect Heights
Why would I visit the garden when the people taking care of it kill the cats that used to live there? Didn't think we knew about that did you? Seems this would be Johnny Appleseeds made a family of cats that lived in the garden "disappear". They said they drove them to Queens but declined to say where in Queens as the person that was feeding the cats wanted to recover them. Tell us about the cats Wow? Thought that scandal blew over, didn't you? So not only are the hipsters gentrifying the neighborhood, but they are also deciding what animals are allowed to live there. Can't wait for the basketball arena to open so the scary black people you chased out of the neighborhood can come and visit your garden. Won't be so happy to see them again now will you?
Sept. 10, 2011, 1:47 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Too bad Crazy Joe Gallo isn't around anymore. I'd love to see him take the lion he used to keep in his basement out for a walk there.
Sept. 10, 2011, 2:36 pm
manhatposeur from manhat says:
Definitely not about race but more about economic class warfare. College educated peoplesz v. working class thuggery.
Sept. 10, 2011, 5:03 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Regrettably this is not that sophisticated. It's the age old battle of the crazy Irish drunk against the blacks. Patti Hagan is a racist pig who is scared of anyone that is not lily white. That's why she is so scared of Atlantic Yards. Basketball???!!!! It will bring THOSE PEOPLE! Patti Hagan is a racist, pure and simple. She should be luring in a river looking for her "precious".
Sept. 10, 2011, 5:45 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
I believe the dog turned itself in to the ASPCA and begged to be euthanized. He couldn't take it anymore.
Sept. 10, 2011, 7:36 pm
quicke from PH says:
I like how this story turned into a hipsters are ruining the world editorial. Hipsters are annoying. That they are. However, some have opened stores on what was at one time a dead street. There is a very diverse group of individuals living along this street. Black, white etc..
After reading many of your comments about hipsters, my own about the tenants and others ablout the Garden Nazis. I've determined everyone on here is an a$$hole, including me. So the tenants are scum, (Who was it that mentioned their ethnicity anyway?) the garden nazi is a ——, and the hipsters need a shot of irony in their annoying organic beers while blogging about kickball.... Yeah. However, this neighborhood went from 40 vacant hair salons to a neighbor anyone can enjoy and is still growing. Even the nazi cat hating gardeners, hipsters, and the scumbags will agree an active community is better then boarded up stores.
Sept. 11, 2011, 7:53 am
Marco Truppi from Prospect Heights says:

Just be sure to cross the street to avoid everyone and tell your friends to do the same.
Sept. 11, 2011, 11:47 am
Enzo the baker from your father, for your father says:
No problem w/ community gardens per se but it appears the gardeners tried to illegally expand it into this guy's backyard - I think this guy did everything within his rights by building a wall. Oh and that pale, white chick with the pitchfork must be the least attractive woman in the history of Pennsyltucky inbreeding.
Sept. 11, 2011, 12:23 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
She doesn't meet the minimum genetic criteria to be classified as a woman. Neither does Cow Patti the Community Hagtivist.
Sept. 11, 2011, 1:11 pm
quicke from Prospect Heights says:
@ Marco Truppi.

Well when those a$$holes yell $hit at your boyfriend the next time you're leaving the Last Cowboy you should stop and talk it over with them and drink a beer. You could talk about how all the scared white people don't like minorities. The fat guy might even let you sit on his lap. You might even brush up on your bar-be-que skills for the next time you Pandy Fackler, Mister Richard Smoker and the boys are out playing Frisbee golf at Prospect Park. You could pick up fresh veggies from the Park Slope Coop to bring along. Just make sure to wear your Fedora hat so they can find you. Everyone can hold hands.

I'll be watching from Pequena...
Sept. 11, 2011, 1:22 pm
Joe from Windsor Terrace says:
Where are any of you getting this information that the garden is illegally taking people's backyards? That's just making stuff up because you're defending ignorant, racist, classist BS! And I agree with the guy who said this article was badly written---but I think the editor should have caught it!
Sept. 11, 2011, 4:30 pm
Ezn from Greenwood Heights says:
You don't know one thing about me.

I do not think you know what the word hipster means means as you keep misusing it.

And I am home, d-bag. I hope you got priced out of yr neighborhood by hipsters and/or yuppies.
Sept. 11, 2011, 5:33 pm
the real swampyankee from lefferts says:
the swampyankee lives in a lily-white, rich enclave of long island. the only non-white people he ever sees are the ones he pays to mow his lawn.

i'd like to see him hack it in a neighborhood where the black folks don't all work for him and might even own a house next to his.

my guess is that he'd be real excited every time one of them got pushed out and a whole-foods-style joint opened up.

that certainly explains why he lives in a racist, rich-a** whitebred enclave.

swampyankee - you wanna be a hipster so bad, but you're too old and fat. go home and look at porno pictures of women you only wish you could've gotten back when you were young. then turn off the light when your wife shows up.

youre a nasty little thing.
Sept. 11, 2011, 7:17 pm
King of Brooklyn from Brooklyn says:
It is very difficult for me to comprehend how calling people you don't know, don't know anything about, derogatory names makes you comfortable in determining whether those person's have a right to be pissed at the man who destroyed their garden. The ridiculous public school intellect on this forum is whats killing gardens of thought every where.
It doesn't matter who the people are you neanderthals. What matters is that property was destroyed, the guy who did the damage admitted it.
Make restitution and case closed.
Everything else is just schoolyard whining by a bunch of ignorent sociopaths obviously too bigoted and stupid to be able to comment on a simple story like this. Sad most of you ignoramouses can probably vote. L8ter Haters!

King of Brooklyn.
Sept. 12, 2011, 12:22 pm
the real King of Brooklyn from The Bronx says:
I'm more offended by how horribly unresearched and one-sided this poor excuse for an article is. Natalie O’Neill should stick to knitting sock monkeys and baking cupcakes.

"L8ter Haters! King of Brooklyn" - you are just so awesome and clever!
Sept. 12, 2011, 7:05 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
""ignorent" sociopaths"

Yah like, you're not the brightest bulb on the string, your Highness. Spent too much time practicing to be ironic and quirky instead of learning how to spell, isn't that right Hummus?
Sept. 12, 2011, 9 pm
The King of Brooklyn from Brooklyn says:
Yah like, um the point being?
Yah like you don't have a point, that would take a reasoned and well thought out reply.

Ig-nor-RANT! is what you do.
You've shown the argruments you've made, yah um, I mean biggoted rant, hasn't a shred of inttelligence so you try to diss-miss another'z replie by denoteing a speelling error lolol.
Well if anyone knows how to spell ignorant it would be you. It's you're middle name.

Ya um, you wouldn't own up to the fact you are a dumb bigot dick-wad.
Did I spell "dick-wad" correct?

Next stop for the dirt dumper, small claims court.

Sept. 14, 2011, 8:04 am

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