Neighborhood Plaza Program and Parkside Plaza Committee Bring the Community Together

This Fall, The Hort’s Neighborhood Plaza Program (NPP) collaborated with the Parkside Committee to host a Neighborhood Social, located on Parkside and Ocean Avenues in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, right off the Q train. Over 30 neighbors gathered at the Neighborhood Social, held at Brooklyn Commons, a local co-working and community space. The purpose of the Neighborhood Social was to bring together community members to learn about the efforts of the Parkside Committee and engage on steps towards a better Parkside Plaza.

Neighbors gather for the Parkside Committee Neighborhood Social at Brooklyn Commons

The Parkside Committee, an all-volunteer organization, is committed to supporting the plaza as a space “by and for the community.” Parkside Plaza has been a host to many terrific community programs since it opened in the spring of 2015, including live music, movie nights, pop-up libraries, resource fairs and a GrowNYC farmers market that takes place every weekend during the spring, summer and fall. Most recently, the plaza hosted a Caribbean film screening and culture night in partnership with caribBEING. Colorful plantings, umbrellas, tables and chairs serve as an outdoor community center, performance space and simply a space to rest and read.


Parkside Plaza in the Summer
Parkside Committee member Duane Joseph chats with neighbors

Over food, refreshments and desserts from local, neighbors were able to get to know each other, share ideas, and contribute to an even better Parkside Plaza. The Neighborhood Social is one of the first steps the Parkside Committee is taking as they are looking to expand the plaza’s offerings, and strengthen the plaza as a venue for culture and horticulture within the neighborhood.

Congratulations to the Parkside Plaza Committee, and we look forward to a bright and green future for the plaza! To learn more about the plaza and the committee’s activities, you can find their latest campaign here.