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Good News: Gardens Across Brooklyn Get a Boost

Some stories put a smile on your face. Here's our wrap-up from around NYC.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to nitty-gritty breakdowns of government and school district issues. But some stories are simply inspiring, often showing that at the heart of our communities is a desire to do good. Here are some of the touching headlines from the past seven days.

EPA Gives Bed-Stuy Gardens $30,000 Boost

More than a dozen Bed-Stuy community gardens will get some much needed attention, thanks to a 30,000 grant from the EPA, and the helping hands of the Bed-Stuy Youth Tillers.

The Green Guerillas, a local group, received the grant from the EPA to help create a program to train young people in the community in everything from composting to organic gardening at 15 area gardens. 

Patch Poll: Brooklyn Has Barclays Center Pride

Last week, Rolling Stone magazine rated the Barclays Center as a better venue than Yankee Stadium, giving credit to the brand new arena for the buzz it has garnered over its first year.

So we decided to ask you, is Barclays really better? In a poll posted on the site Monday afternoon, we asked readers in Brooklyn whether Rolling Stone really had it right. 

Washington Ave. Bar Wants You to 'Bring Your Own Vinyl'

The Saint Catherine at 660 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights is about to resurrect a practice you thought died when Columbia House sold you 20 CD's for a penny — gathering around the turntable with some shared vinyl. 

Ribbon Cut at New Eileen C Dugan Senior Center

Earlier this summer, the Eileen C Dugan Senior Center at 380 Court Street in Carroll Gardens reopened. On Thursday, the ribbon was cut to celebrate the reopening.

The American Italian Coalition of Organizations (AMICO) now operates the center. City Councilman Brad Lander was at the ribbon cutting and tweeted from the event. 

Bette Midler Helps Celebrate Renovation of Gowanus Garden

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) recently completed the renovation of its Gil Hodges Community Garden in Gowanus with support from Jo Malone London and a New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Green Infrastructure Grant. 

The transformation turns the space into the first NYRP community garden with high-performance stormwater infrastructure.

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