The public was invited to bring reusable items to donate or come look at what was available to take home for free. Items available included everything from books and toys to clothing and electronics, and anything that is not taken at the end of the day is donated or recycled.
Grow NYC has held 65 swap events throughout the boroughs since 2007. Grow NYC is a 44-year-old non-profit out of the mayor’s office that works neighborhood by neighborhood to improve the environmental quality of New York City.
“On one side we’re providing the opportunity for people to clean their closets and get rid of their clutter,” Director of Grow NYC David Hurd said, “and on the other side we’re helping folks that may be struggling through tough economic times to get usable items that are good and for free.”
“This event encourages Brooklynites to truly think global and act local,” Borough President Adams said. “We can shrink our ecological footprint, strengthen bonds with our community and save a few dollars in the process.”
The event comes along with a multitude of other initiatives Adams has adopted in order to make Brooklyn a greener community.
On Earth Day, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna joined Citizens Committee for New York City and members of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Boards to announce that 25 Brooklyn composting projects received a total of $15,465 in grants. The grants will go towards funding community compost projects in neighborhoods across the borough.
Borough President Adams and Reyna said they also hope to increase energy literacy throughout Brooklyn. They have collected a list of block parties and street fairs across the borough and will communicate with organizers to discuss simple ways to compost and make the events more environmentally friendly.
Adams also said he would love to see rooftop gardens on top of all Brooklyn schools.
“If our children start the process of gardening and doing composting, they can teach their family members to do it,” he said.