Last Thursday many green thumbs celebrated the expansion of Long Island City’s pioneering community garden.
LIC Roots Community Garden at 29-08 47 Ave. down the road from LaGuardia Community College memorializes firefighter Michael Brennan, who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Starting last November, thanks to several grants, the garden added several enhancements — a rainwater harvesting system, a whole new wing, a beehive, and a new fence, tents and planting beds.
“A garden is never finished,” Lenny Librizzi of Grow NYC said.
Students from Robert F. Wagner School and The International High School cultivate flowers and produce in the garden.
“It’s fun to be with friends and spend time gardening,” 10th grader and garden club member Jendy Pabroada said.
In 2004 Brennan’s garden was moved from its original location to its current spot above Metropolitan Transportation Authority railroad tracks, making it the neighborhood’s only community garden. Grow NYC removed 140 cubic yards of trash to unearth the plot where the garden is today.
The North Star Fund and their Greening Western Queens $7.6 million grants program, awarded after the July 2006 blackouts, as well as Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside),the Metropolitan Transportation LIRR Authority and the Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation funded the project.