This is my first holiday season as a part of the Fort Greene Park community. For whatever reason, I’m mostly a sucker for all kinds of year-end cheer, and this neighborhood has not disappointed in the way of spirit or enthusiasm for the most wonderful time of the year. I get giddy walking down Myrtle Avenue and Fulton Streets all aglow with holiday decorations. Passing by storefronts on sidewalks flanked with firs and other festive wares generally has me pining that December’s olfactory features were a little more present during the other months of the year. It’s been an amazing ten months in Fort Greene, and I’ve been grateful to have a new home for the holidays.
The Conservancy’s own annual tree lighting with Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project was slated to be our final event of the year, and something I had been looking forward to for quite some time. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect (I wasn’t present at last year’s inaugural affair), but stories of frigid weather from last year had me hoping for at least slightly kinder conditions. We had been talking with MARP’s team for months about what we could add to the program this year — a taller tree, local carolers, better management of the line to meet Santa, and a toy drive organized by Fort Greene SNAP and the Whitman Resident Association were all new for this year. Another idea was to round up some ornaments for our tree. The set we found were perfectly close-to-home, profoundly and beautifully so.