Guerrilla Gardening

July 25, 2008 at 12:01 pm 7 comments

As far as I know, this is the only representation in Forest HIlls of this “war against the neglect of public space.” 

If anyone knows anything about how this beautiful garden beneath the LIRR tracks that cross over Yellowstone Blvd. came about, please comment/share.



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  • 1. Visionary  |  July 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Two gentlemen who live near the Yellowstone trestle have adopted the right of way. They are diligent, very creative and have been working on this for over 5 years. Several traffic triangles and tree pits along QB as well as on Continental have also been adopted by locals. Wanna be an Urban Guerilla in Forest Hills? Let me know. It takes just a few minutes a week to make a positivee difference. Pick a spot and we “attack’ it.

    Check out how this cool concept is tranforming London and other major cities. It’s great!

  • 2. karbeth  |  July 25, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Visionary, how can people contact you? What a great idea and opportunity.
    Thanks for showing up here.

  • 3. Chair Michael Perlman, Rego-Forest Preservation Council  |  July 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    To Visionary:

    We have some ideas which may restore green space in the neighborhood, while enhancing the preservation ethic. Can you please e-mail me at unlockthevault [at] hotmail [dot] com? Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you!

    Michael Perlman
    Rego-Forest Preservation Council, Chair

  • 4. Amy  |  July 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I remember when the man (I think his name is Tom) cleaned up the area & started planting. It was wonderful. I brought my kids there & they watched him as he rejuvenated the soil. He even brought in some snails to control the bugs.

    Tom (if that’s his name) moved into Manhattan — but I know he’s come back at least 2x to check on it.

    I believe the man who lives right next to the garden (opposite the synogogue) takes care of it now & I see one or two other people.

    It’s a wonder. It changed the whole feel of the area.

  • 5. Infohack  |  August 1, 2008 at 10:11 am


    I’d like to know what you do to get people “started”. This is a great idea which we can put to good use in Flushing as well. I will post about this on my new blog:

  • 6. Connie Corson  |  August 10, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    What used to be a dump was transformed into a garden by Mark Brown, who used to live in Parker Towers. For many years he lived inJapan where he developed his horticultural skills. He joined the Arbor Day Foundation ( that provides 10 free trees with membership, as well as helps people plant and care for trees. With neighborhood support, both financial and hands on, the garden continues to flourish. Bob Newell plants cuttings from his home garden. He found out that he could get small boulders from Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, to edge the garden. Mr. Ng, who lives in the small apartment complex next to the trestle, waters the garden. His board agreed to pay the water bill so they could enjoy the beauty of the garden. Bob, Mr. Ng and I regularly pick up trash under the trestle. We could use help picking up on the other side of Yellowstone Blvd, also part of the Trestle Garden. How can you get started? Buy gardening gloves, some trash bags, a shovel and start digging. Soon you’ll find others want to join you in beautifying the neighborhood.
    Happy gardening, Connie

  • 7. Miriam  |  August 15, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I moved here after this garden had already been planted and I’d noticed that it had grown but I hadn’t realized private individuals had done this. I really love this spot and look forward to seeing it whenever I need to walk that way.


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