In MYCOOP Stories: Grower, we ask interesting people about themselves and their places. In our latest installment, we talk with Rodrigo, who enjoys urban farming in his Brooklyn community.
Where are you from: Born in Columbia and arrived thirty years ago in the USA.
Where do you live: Bushwick, Brooklyn.
What do you do/What is your profession?
I do landscaping and painting.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your hobby.
I created a community garden in Bushwick with a group of friends. It started five years ago when we had an art gallery in the basement of the building. The art gallery was the place where we hung out together, presented our art, came up with ideas and
What do you like the most about the building?
I like the people and the space itself. The apartments are designed in a way that is not stifling. You can create activities and organize the space in different way than the obvious or just the norm. That is exciting to me.
What would you want to improve in the building?
The windows get stuck when it is freezing outside. They should be fixed and I hope they will do it before the next year. Besides that, I think that even if the communication between the neighbors is decent and could be improved. However, the main issue is the relationship with the management. This is something to improve. They change things in the building without consulting the tenants and a recent example is the “buzzer” at the entrance. They changed it and put a brand new one. However, this one is really noisy and we hear it all the time whenever someone is buzzing. Those kinds of things could be more accommodating to the tenants, easy to manage and affordable for the management company if there was something like a meeting with everybody in the building. They should at least ask our opinion before changing things.
How do you communicate with your neighbors?
I like walking over and knocking on the door. Face to face– that’s how I deal with my neighbors.
Is there anything you wish you knew before moving in?
I wish I knew more history about my building. There are a
What quote would you like to share with us?
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” from Mahatma
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