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An Ode to Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Governors Island

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Nature often inspires poems, so it's only natural that the city's latest nature-infused architecture inspired Bloomberg critic James S. Russell's latest review. Russell looks at the new $28 million visitor center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which has garnered rave reviews from nearly every archicritic, and the makeover plans for Governors Island, designed by Rotterdam-based landscape architect West 8. Here now, we have the latest "Rhyme Time With James Russell," in free verse:

A sleek glass-and-aluminum folly,
the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new visitor center,
An environmentally themed lesson plan,
goes down easy.

A butterfly-roofed entrance,
A curving path roofed by glass. Serpentine pathways,
Open to wisteria-draped lawns and azalea-dappled forests.

Governors Island, a 172-acre base,
a miniature forest and a welcoming ferry-boat landing.
The island will be transformed
into a world-class park.

Tree-lined streets, an undulating meadow.
A curving network of intertwined paths,
Flower beds and mazelike ovals of trimmed hedges.
Wide curbs rise sensuously to form benches,
Paths wander into a dense grove of trees hung with hammocks.

Waterfront parks, deftly poke through city shorelines,
Long walled off by roads, rails, factories and wharfs.
· Brooklyn Botanic, Lush Governors Island Ease City Life: Review [Bloomberg]
· Rhyme Time With James Russell [Curbed]
Image by Albert Vecerka/Esto via Bloomberg

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (718) 623-7200 Visit Website