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Two Trees Management will let Williamsburg community use site until construction begins

New, temporary park with bike track, small farm, and yoga classes opens at Domino site

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Have a blast at Havemeyer Park!

The temporary park atop a former parking lot on Kent Ave. between S. Third and S Fourth Streets opened yesterday to dirt bicyclists who slalomed the hills on the new track, and members of the North Brooklyn Farm, who’ll use the greenspace to grow crops while others play nearby.

The grand opening was part of a plan by Two Trees Management — the development firm which owns the lot and will eventually make it part of its Domino Sugar Factory development — to give the public access to the space that would otherwise have sat vacant during the build-out, a move that gave the cavalcade of politicians and activists on hand a reason to cheer.

“Sites like these that are not ready for development tend to just sit vacant when they can instead be used for public good,” said Antonio Reynoso, who is running for the 34th district city council seat. “I’m excited that they are making good use of this space.”

Two Trees chose three groups to work together to build out the park — bike shop Ride Brooklyn, event promoter Bobby Redd and North Brooklyn Farms.

Redd manages the east end of the football-field-sized lot, where he plans to host yoga, aerobics, and public events such as film festivals.

“This is a great change for a space that used to be a parking lot,” said Brant Moeller, chief designer of Bobby Redd. “I’m happy to be able to help turn this into something that can be used by the whole community.”

The west side of the lot has become Brooklyn Bike Park, run by Jessica and Peter Kocher of Ride Brooklyn. That space includes a practice cycling space for young riders, beginner and intermediate bike tracks, and a “pump track,” — a course set up with bumps, jumps, and berms. Volunteers from the New York City Mountain Bike Association will oversee the courses, and loaner bikes are available.

“There has never been a place in Brooklyn where people could ride off-road and be unobstructed by traffic,” said Peter Kocher. “This is something the borough has needed for a long time.”

North Brooklyn Farms plans to host educational trips for school-aged children and will also hold “pick-your-own” fruit and vegetable markets.

The operators’ year-long lease started Memorial Day weekend and could be extended, depending on how long it takes Two Trees to begin construction. Dave Lombino, director of special projects at Two Trees, said the company will most likely not be ready to break ground until late 2014. He added that the company may offer other spaces on the sprawling development site as they tear down old Domino Sugar buildings.

“We are planning four towers and we will not be able to build more than two at a time,” said Lombino. “There will be more opportunit­ies.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

G from W'Burg says:
Grow Crops.
Seriously ?
July 12, 2013, 8:19 am
RG from Greenpoint says:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/07/09/hipster-farmers-abandoning-urban-chickens-because-theyre-too-much-work/
Like yah
July 12, 2013, 8:22 am
the Chooch from the Brooklyn Renaissance says:
Grow crops. But don't scare off the crows. There will be them that needs to eat them. It's gonna be hipster nation down there.
July 12, 2013, 8:38 am
The Chooch from your ghetto says:
No mookie, but you got hookers galore! Problem is they don't "glow in the sun" like hipster chicks. Love that line, by the way. You nailed it. It's called being smitten.
July 12, 2013, 9:35 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Jerome, I think you'd be happier if you went back to Omaha. No pussies there, and people might be impressed when you regale them with your Brooklyn myths.
July 12, 2013, 10:30 am
Elvis from Nawcostella says:
But there are plenty of prostitution rings where you live. Oh, wait...NOW what are you going to do?
July 12, 2013, 10:33 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
Like yahhhhhh dayuuuude. hope they have an on-site barista serving cruelty free soy latte and other fair trade kah-fee.

ty - nobody is saying anything about farmers working their land in middle America, so not sure why you'd write "(urban or otherwise)";
July 12, 2013, 12:13 pm
The Chooch from your ghetto says:
So JAZ, you're against fair trade coffee? Wow. What a mensch. What a solid working class Brooklyn guy. Next time you guys go off about the "working class" you should think about the fair trade movement, pioneered in Brooklyn at places like the Park Slope Food Coop and carried on by hipster cafes all over the borough today. What a bunch of brainwashed force-fed zombie mooks you are. You're about as "authentic" as a bag of genetically modified fritos from Key Food.
July 12, 2013, 12:45 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Park Slope Food Coop....heh heh....retarded food nazis
July 12, 2013, 2:08 pm
manposeur from brokelyn says:
Small farm, BMX course, & yoga classes, wonder if there's enough room to raise chickens.
July 12, 2013, 3:18 pm
ty from pps says:
So food should only come from "middle America"?! Food should never be grown in a city? Such a stupid person you are. There are tens of thousands of people growing food in New York City. All of them are hipsters and pussies?
July 12, 2013, 5:48 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
The title of this article is fantastic. Instant rage from diehipster. Progress and gentrification continue to be awesome.

I can't say I'd ever eat anything from one of those urban farms in Brooklyn considering the history of oil spills and other environmental concerns in the area. That being said, if people want to set up urban farms that's fine by me. It's certainly more pleasant to look at than an empty lot.
July 12, 2013, 5:49 pm
The Chooch from Bay Ridge Realty says:
The Food Coop? Nazis? Not since they got steak and beer.
July 12, 2013, 5:50 pm
Harvey from Downtown says:
Thankfully, this park will give me the ability to charge even more rent to these schmuck hipsters. The yoga is worth easy an extra $50 a month. "Farms", I love that one, good for an easy $200 a month extra & the bike park is icing on the cake. Not only will I market my slums as being suburban urban chic, but I'll also make tons of ancillary gelt selling more products & services to these broch hipsterbiciles. God, I love gentrification! I encourage all my fellow original landlords to take advantage of this gift. As I like to say about the hipsters, A Chazer bleibt a chazer
July 14, 2013, 1:28 pm
The Chooch from deyn Steytl says:
Meh. "Harvey" with the googled Yiddish. There's not a yarmulka in Brooklyn who would zero in on the "hipster" factor like this, much less have anything like this kind of a sense for hipsterism. Na, this as a poor person, not Jewish, possibly Latino, whose world has been rocked by hipsters.
July 14, 2013, 5:31 pm

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