Mr. Neckles is a City Parks Worker (CPW) who has been with NYC Parks since 2015. He joined the staff of Fort Greene Park in October of 2018.
What kinds of work projects keep you busy and what is your favorite part of the job?
I love to cut grass. That is what I did before I came here when I was with the (Brooklyn) Borough Crews. I also love doing projects with my co-workers. I like the team spirit here. It is a festive day when we are all out working together!
What is the most unusual or memorable experience you have had while working in Fort Greene Park?
Having dogs chase me when I am in my cart! That may seem normal to most people, but I never had that happen to me until I came here. One dog in particular tries to get in the cart with me. I joke with his owner, a lady who comes here every day, that she has the same kind of dog as the Queen (of England). (I proffer, “A Corgi?) Yes! A Corgi. I have to remember that!
What do you do for fun when you are not in the park?
I love to crochet. I am Rastafarian, so we make hats to cover our locks. I made my own Parks Department hat. I got the official insignia and put it on! I would be curious to know if I am the only person to make my own Parks Department hat. I also love to cook and to bake. I am very involved with my church, Nyabinghi Order, in Flatbush. We have a real sense of community. We are all from the Caribbean: Grenada, where I am from; Jamaica; the Bahamas. But all are welcome!
I have heard the Sorrel you make is out of this world. Is that a secret family recipe?
No, Sorrel is an Island drink. We make it for Christmas and festive events. Every island has a different recipe. The secret to mine is a little bit of organic orange peel. That gives it a bitter-sweet flavor. And bay leaf!