"Ena McPherson always noticed the catalpa tree when she walked by the vacant lot on the corner of Throop Avenue. Despite barren surroundings, and nearby boxes of rat poison, the tree still grew. When she gained access to the lot in 2011, volunteers hauled out truckloads of debris—including the metal roll-up gate from an old jerk chicken restaurant—and slowly brought the land back to life..."
"Gardeners learned the details in a hastily scheduled meeting at City Hall on the morning of Dec. 30. Many couldn’t make it and some were notified just hours before. Still, the room was full and Brooklyn Deep was in attendance..."