Re-recycled! Gowanus dumpster gardens moving to Industry City

Dumped on the curb: Six plant-packed dumpsters are moving from Gowanus to Industry City this winter.
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One man’s trash-planter is another man’s… trash-planter.

Six dumpsters repurposed into gardens are moving from Gowanus to Industry City. Housing developer Alloy put the plant-filled waste bins along the banks of Brooklyn’s Nautical Purgatory to help soak up rain water before it hits the ever-flooding creek — and bring attention to the waterway’s sorry state — under the auspices of the city’s pop-up-plaza program “street seats.”

But the temporary art installation’s time there is over, and caretakers the Gowanus Canal Conservancy are recycling them again — this time by moving them to Sunset Park’s center of hip, where they will fit in nicely, one member of the group said.

“I think it makes a lot of sense that a maker-space like Industry City is taking over the dumpsters. It’ll add greenery and carry on reusing the dumpsters,” said conservancy member and Bedford–Stuyvesant resident Andrea Parker. “The dumpsters made great planters. The trees we planted really thrived, and we’re always looking to reuse and recycle so we’re glad they’re getting a new life somewhere else.”

It’s still a toss up where Industry City will place the 11-foot-long, bright blue bins — or what flora it intends to stuff them with, honchos said.

But locals will take anything they can get to add some sorely needed greenery to the area, said one resident.

“This place is in dire need of trees — look around — everything is brick and grey around here,” said Sunset Parker Rebecca Solitario. “I think it’s a great idea. Some flowers would be really nice. It will give this place some life.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

freddy from sunset park says:
The spirit of these containers is admirable but unfortunately they are filling with trash in Industry City and look just like the adjacent dumpsters used for construction.
Jan. 6, 2017, 1:17 pm
Lucy from Sunset Park says:
But they're not out yet, Freddy. Right? I feel like I would have noticed bright blue dumpsters around since I work down there. I think this is a great idea. I bet you we'll see them with trees in the spring.
Jan. 7, 2017, 4:25 am
Florida Evans says:
Planters collect very little rain. Even as large as they seem to be here the area really isn't that big. (That's why planters need watering). This guy clearly isn't a gardener. The do look kooky though, in that "an artsy person was here" sort of way.
Jan. 9, 2017, 5:28 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
I imagine these dumpsters will be located off-street and on Industry City property. Andy Kimball is so desperate for parking for trucks, staff and customers at IC he's even renting off-street spots. Same with Liberty View.
Jan. 13, 2017, 5:17 pm

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