Report: East River Houses Co-op Board Destroys Garden for Concrete Slab

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 at 5:07 am by

Photo: Cooperatively Yours

Over the holiday weekend, the board of East River Co-op pulled an apparent sneak attack and uprooted a chunk of the cooperative garden. The purported reason – this concrete slab is allegedly meant to assist in snow removal.

The affected acreage lies in the courtyard behind Building 1.

The five-year-old garden was conceived and maintained by members, and initially had the blessing of the board.

“They ripped out people’s plantings and didn’t tell anyone this was happening,” one pissed off resident told us.

Excerpt from Cooperatively Yours blog for the complex:

The garden was started five years ago with the board’s blessing; East River maintenance assisted in preparing the beds. A year later, the board backed away from their support, but cooperators continued to cultivate the area on their own initiative.

Those cooperators this week were given no warning of the landscaping changes, nor any reason for them. (A member of the maintenance crew pouring concrete told me that the snow plows needed the area for snow removal, though I’ve seen snow from the parking lot plowed onto the grass here for several years without any ill effect to the grass or garden.)

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