IN OUR CURRENT ISSUE: Turning Brownsville Green

Taking an unnoticed plot in Brownsville from abandoned, overgrown lot to abundant garden.

brownsville5It was a simple thing — a fateful bike ride through Brownsville that altered Nora Painten and the kids of PS 323’s lives in the most fruitful of ways. Check out Rachel Wharton’s story on how one woman turned a weedy, vacant lot on Rockaway Avenue into an oasis of food, learning, and fun.

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Amy Zavatto is the daughter of an old school Italian butcher who used to sell bay scallops alongside steaks, and is also the former Deputy Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She holds her Level III Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and contributes to Imbibe, Whisky Advocate, SOMMJournal, Liquor.com, and others. She is the author of Forager's Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She's stomped around vineyards from the Finger Lakes to the Loire Valley and toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland. When not doing all those other things, Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.