The original 66 Square Feet, Cobble Hill, April 2012
Hello! I am Marie Viljoen, and 66 Square Feet was the exact footprint of my first, tiny terrace in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn - above.
That garden, the meals I made there - outside on the fire, or inside in the even tinier kitchen, inspired this blog and my subsequent cookbook, 66 Square Feet - A Delicious Life. Even the New York Times wrote about it.
When our Cobble Hill rent was hiked dramatically we (woman, Frenchman, cat and all the plants) moved to Harlem, and a terrace about triple the size:
Harlem terrace, June 2014
Which made me add (Plus) to 66 Square Feet. In this link you can read all the Harlem terrace posts.
Despite the pleasure of transforming that terrace (which was also featured in the New York Times, and a book), learning about edibles that could handle far less sun, and appreciating our Harlem adventure, our stay was not a very happy one; we were very sad to lose Don Estorbo, there. And our landlord, who lived below us, was a drummer whose studio was not as soundproof as he had promised. Need I say more?
We moved back to Brooklyn, to the neigborhood of Carroll Gardens, just a few blocks south of our original tiny apartment and terrace.
Our kitchen opens to the garden, and this has to be one of the biggest luxuries imaginable in the city. Our tiny stone table for outdoor eating has made way for a wooden one that is seven feet long. It feels good to stretch. In summer we watch fireflies dance, and a pair of possums visits in the evenings. They eat insects, and I haven't a single slug in the whole vegetable patch.
You can follow our new garden's progress in all posts tagged 1st Place.
(And if you're looking for recipes, please head over to 66 Square Feet (Food).)