Nehemiah Ten Greenthumb Block Association 
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Address: 565 Barbey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207
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Our initial goal was to organize block support to clean and beautify a garbage filled city owned vacant lot behind our homes. Our block formed Nehemiah Ten Greenthumb Block Association in August of 1990. We contacted various groups: the local community board, city agencies who assisted us in cleaning the lot. We applied to Greenthumb, a city agency which assisted us in leasing the vacant lots from the City of New York. We were one of the first Greenthumb sponsored projects in East New York. What was once a dirt-filled vacant lot is currently a beautiful garden enjoyed by the neighborhood children and the community. Beside the beautiful scene and the fruits of our labor, the garden created a sense of friendship and cooperation between neighbors.

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