Urban Assembly School for Green Careers Garden (Thursday Doors)

The city is full of sudden plantlife, unexpected oases surrounded by buildings, sidewalks, streets, schools, gates.  A potted plant outside a doorway, a vibrant treewell, a median full of flowers, a community garden.  A classroom for curious students, a delight for the eyes of a walker, a home for busy squirrels, chattering birds.

colors change between
here and now—they are only
made of light you know—

each shining moment has waves–
none of them ever repeat

I’ve photographed this beautiful gate and looked inside at the garden many times, but I never knew anything about it until I stopped and read the sign on the Amsterdam Avenue side. To be fair, it’s partly covered by a tree branch, and the benches below it are often full of people chatting or just resting along their way. What I discovered is that it’s part of the high school down the block, the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers. An outdoor classroom! I like that idea.

The gate itself has wonderful details, reflecting the focus of the space inside.

The students evidently open the gates to the community on occasion to share both their knowledge and what they have grown. I will keep a lookout for announcements of such an occasion in neighborhood newsletters. You can read more about it here.

The poem is my first attempt at Tanka Prose, as prompted by Colleen for #TankaTuesday.

And here’s a look at Riverside Park, which has finally decided it’s Autumn in New York.

You can see more doors and join in Thursday doors yourself here.

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37 responses to “Urban Assembly School for Green Careers Garden (Thursday Doors)”

  1. Olivia says :

    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Manja Maksimovič says :

    A beautiful place, the gate and your words. In a way, Rome reminds me of New York, no matter that I’ve never been.

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  3. ben Alexander says :

    how cool – an outdoor classroom! – nice find, Kerfe 🙂

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  4. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Hi Kerfe, I noticed you’d written a tanka prose and I didn’t recall reading one on your blog before. You did a terrific job. I love this idea and the gate is beautifully ornate.

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  5. harmonykentonline says :

    Wonderful Tanka! Well done, Kerfe 💕🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ingrid says :

    I do love your images of New York. What a wonderful idea to have an outdoor classroom!

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  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    Every Thursday I go through your doors and learn about that city. You are a great tour guide. How fun that you are still learning about your city too. I’d say the tanka prose worked!

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  8. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Kerfe, your tanka prose is excellent. You’ve found another hidden gem within the city. What a cool place. I love the wrought iron fence/gate. I hope in the summer or spring you have an opportunity to venture inside. With your artist’s eye you discern the light and shadow play so well with your words. I love this! ❤

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  9. sustainabilitea says :

    What a beautiful gate!


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  10. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    This is all beautiful. I love that this school even exists, much less has that classroom! And the last lines of the tanka are my heart right now. I’ve been spending a lot of time at the lake to cope with my stresses; between the colors and the waves I’m holding it together. Every day is different.

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  11. WildChild47 says :

    I really like the way you’ve phrased your tanka – it’s so light and beautiful, it speaks so carefully of how things are transient, temporary, ever-changing, never the same twice …. a very zen quality to it …. a prefect compliment to the prose story and the delightful gates …. what a great concept and idea in action …. truly a delight …. and since Fall has now arrived for you in NY, I wish you all things wonderfully colourful and more secrets to discover in your wanderings 🙂


  12. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Beautiful Tanka, Marta. Such lovely and magnificent pictures too.

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  13. judeitakali says :

    Very Mysterious. I’d like to know what you see as well.

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  14. Dave Kingsbury says :

    Those pictures taken through gates and fences and trees in misty Autumn are glorious, as are the words – especially liked the Tanka – must try another shared Renga on my own site.

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  15. D. Wallace Peach says :

    That is a beautiful gate, Kerfe. I’m partial to gates of all kinds. They’re so interesting. And beautiful tanka prose. Yes, it’s all just light!

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