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All Saints Fence Is Gone

“Fence removed from All Saints Churchyard in Sunnyside, Queens” ©Deniz Hughes. All Rights Reserved

July 1, 2011 Staff Report

The ugly, wooden fence that ran across the front of All Saints Episcopal Church has been torn down.

Its removal was viewed as step one toward the church’s ultimate goal of landscaping its outside gardens. The church (located on 46th St., bet. Queens blvd, and 43rd Ave.) aims to open up the garden area for residents once again and hold public events in that space. In the past, the garden was used for community and musical events.

The church was awarded $20,000 earlier this year to upgrade the garden, which came from the $8 million settlement that Western Queens reached with Con Ed following the 2006 blackout.

The wooden fence was originally erected about 4 years ago to protect children in the nursary school from running onto the street. A new fence will go up, made out of see-through metal. (See comment from Garden Chair below)

D. Condon
Hello. I am a the chair of the garden committee at All Saints’. The new fence has been installed to divide the garden into a front public area and a back area for use by the preschool. The front garden will be open to the public as a meditative area. The wooden fence was very poorly installed, maintained and pretty much hated by everyone in the community. The new fence is aluminum but it matches the look of the existing iron fence.

We are currently finishing up phase one of the garden renewal: repairing the retaining wall, installing a new fence, removing the old fence. We are now moving into the second phase involving: tilling the ground, seeding a new lawn and improving the existing gardens.

In the end we hope to restore the beautiful public area for the entire community to enjoy. If you have any questions please pop into All Saints’, the garden is for the community and the community is welcome to add its input.

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Bliss & Skillman

The first time I came to the area to visit my boyfriend and walked up 46th to the Blvd., I could see into the area and thought “how quaint!”

The next time I came, the wooden fence was up and I thought “how sad”.

With my latest visit a little over a week ago, once again it made me smile.

Good job!

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sunnyside_south

Mr. Condon, Thanks for the follow up. sounds like a great project and it will be nice to finally have a quiet place to read the paper.

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D. Condon

Hello. I am a the chair of the garden committee at All Saints’. The new fence has been installed to divide the garden into a front public area and a back area for use by the preschool. The front garden will be open to the public as a meditative area. The wooden fence was very poorly installed, maintained and pretty much hated by everyone in the community. The new fence is aluminum but it matches the look of the existing iron fence.

We are currently finishing up phase one of the garden renewal: repairing the retaining wall, installing a new fence, removing the old fence. We are now moving into the second phase involving: tilling the ground, seeding a new lawn and improving the existing gardens.

In the end we hope to restore the beautiful public area for the entire community to enjoy. If you have any questions please pop into All Saints’, the garden is for the community and the community is welcome to add its input.

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sunnyside_south

so what’s the impact for the public? are people allowed to sit in that garden area, or its it closed off as private property? kinda strange the church received 20K of that settlement money. clarification on this would be appreciated.

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Deniz

A see through metal fence? I hope it’s not one of those cheap silver-tone jobs. In any case anything is better than what they’ve got now.

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Aileen Mahmoodi

metal fence < wooden fence
at least you can paint something pretty on a wooden fence
and i dont get why they need a new one if they have that gate up

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