Lots of love! Vols clean two dirty Sheepshead Bay Road tracts • Brooklyn Paper

Lots of love! Vols clean two dirty Sheepshead Bay Road tracts

Making a difference: Daniel Manuel plants some tulip bulbs during a cleanup event in Sheepshead Bay.
Photo by Jon Farina

They weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty!

About 20 do-gooders pulled up weeds, laid down mulch, and planted tulip bulbs during the Bay Improvement Group’s annual fall planting and cleanup on Sheepshead Bay Road on Oct. 16.

The volunteers transformed two dirty plots of land filled with overgrown weeds into beautiful gardens near Shore Parkway and Ocean Avenue, said volunteer Lorraine Hickman, who trekked all the way from from Brooklyn Heights to spruce up Sheepshead Bay.

“It looked like a jungle there, but after it looked fantastic — there was even a walkway,” she said.

The project felt more like a relaxing afternoon playing in the dirt than a day of soil toil — and it was a great opportunity to meet new people who share green thumbs, said Vanessa Klein from Bensonhurst.

“It was very fun and helpful. It didn’t feel like community service — it felt like a nice day planting outside,” she said. “I usually do it with my grandpa. It was nice to do it with other people and make new friends.”

And in just a few hours, the nearly two-dozen volunteers saw the results of their work, said Daniel Manuel from Flatbush.

“It wasn’t in a lot of time that we were able to change two parks completely,” he said. “I enjoyed it, I would do it again.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Family project: Sisters Vanessa and Jessica Klein volunteered to cleanup gardens.
Photo by Jon Farina

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