Roger That Garden

Roger That is a community garden located at Rogers Ave and Park Place, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. We steward native plants, collectively cultivate edibles, and maintain a community compost system. We’re always open to new members and we want you to get involved!

The garden is currently under threat of development by a real estate developer who purchased the deed to the land, subject to hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax debt liens, for $10 from the man who used to own and operate a hardware store on this lot before abandoning the buildings. The developers have attempted to illegally evict the garden through a lock-out.

Roger That can be saved if the City invokes eminent domain and buys the property to preserve it as a Parks Department garden.

Eminent domain has been used to create New York’s parks and open spaces dating at least back to 1807. Prospect Park, Central Park, the Ocean Parkway Greenway and Astor place are just a few of the over 350 condemnations for the creation or preservation of parks and open spaces that have been recorded in New York’s county courts.

How You Can Help:

  1. Contact the Parks Department and our elected officials. Follow these action steps to encourage the passage of an eminent domain bill.
  2. Volunteer! Help in the garden or with fundraising. E-mail to let us know you want to help.
  3. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Tumblr.
  4. Share this website and the video below with your friends, family, and everyone who wants to see green space preserved in Crown Heights.

Visit the Garden

Roger That is located on the northeast corner of Rogers Avenue and Park Place, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.

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Keep in Touch

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About Us

Roger That Community Garden beautifies the block, produces healthy food, gives children a place to go after school, clears trash, keeps rodents away, stewards newly planted trees, and helps once anonymous individuals become engaged community members.

The Garden grew out of an effort led by the Crown Heights Youth Collective to tear down an abandoned, dilapidated building formerly on the site. The corner building was pulling down the neighboring Youth Collective's brownstone, while creating a public safety hazard. After years of petitioning the City for help, the derelict structure came down. Immediately afterwards, in 2006, a vibrant mural to commemorate the event went up, creating a visible symbol of community willpower over urban decay. Seeing an opportunity to help, the Roger That team gave the garden a kick-start and a name in 2011.

There are no individualized plots at Roger That. Everything is gardened communally, in order to create more a equitable and accessible experience with nature and neighbors. By growing communally, we operate without the waiting lists and territorial disputes that plague many community gardens. We've never turned away anyone who wants to interact with nature, be outdoors, and do something positive for their neighborhood.

In the past, we have received donations of funding, material, and logistical support from: a 2012 Kickstarter campaign, a 2013 Citizen's Committee for New York City grant, Built It Green, Crown Heights Farmshare, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the NYC Department of Sanitation, the NYC Parks Department, GreenBelt Native Plant Center, New York Cares, GrowNYC, 596 Acres, Shoestring Press, and numerous neighbors and other caring individuals.

Thanks for your interest in the Roger That Garden Project.

See you in the garden!