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A temporary oasis

tipi havemeyer park brooklyn

This tipi is one of the defining features of the temporary but no less wonderful Havemeyer Park in Williamsburg.

The other day, a friend of mine took my daughter and me to Havemeyer Park, on the south side of Williamsburg. It’s technically only open on the weekends, but the gate was open and some of the farmers were in there tending their crops and getting ready for the weekend farmers market. No one seemed to object to our being there, so in we went.

It is one of those beautiful magic spots, a real oasis sprouting out from the rubble that was this abandoned lot across from the old Domino sugar factory that is now on it’s way to becoming yet another gigantic luxury condo building. The park will soon be a part of the development as well… though there is hope that at least the garden (run by North Brooklyn Farms) will find a permanent home in a space across the street. I guess even developers want organically grown produce these days.

We had such a nice time, exploring the tipi and yurt, looking at the produce, talking to the farmers and just playing on the grass. It is well worth checking out if you find yourself in that neck of the woods. They have all sorts of classes and events there as well… both the tipi project and North Brooklyn Farms have all sorts of fun things planned for the rest of August (like regular Wednesday and Saturday farmer’s markets, yoga and kids dance classes, etc) And of course, there is the by-now-famous dirt bike track, which is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 5.

But it all has to be enjoyed before September 1, when the park is slated to turn into a pumpkin (aka part of the new Domino condo complex) so now is the time!

A few more photos for you to enjoy…

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