Events and Projects

Upcoming Events

Sinderkids Open Mic

Friday, September 30, 2022
3:00 PM
(free and open to the public)

Come share you poetry, song, or other talent at our Open Mic hosted by Sinderkids. There are snacks.

LGBT+ Clothing Swap

Saturday, October 1, 2022
11:00 AM
– 3:00 PM
(free and open to the public)

FREE CLOTHES! Recycle and revamp your wardrobe! Find something that fits who you are.

Reading and Open Mic

Sunday, October 23, 2022
3:00
–5:00 PM
(free and open to the public)

THRASH PRESS presents a reading and open mic at Moore Jackson Cemetery and Community Garden featuring Sangamithra Iyer, Joe Okonkwo, and Maud Pryor.

Your Next Event Here

To inquire about having an event at our community garden, email us at moorejacksonnyc@gmail.com. We can share more details with you when we learn more about your event.

Ongoing Projects and Events

Thursday Zumba with Treena

Every Thursday at 6pm (weather permitting) // Join us at the garden to get some evening exercise in after work or toward the end of your day. Treena works will all levels and will guide you to fun in a great outdoor space. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes due to our wood chip flooring.

Thanks to a grant from City Parks Foundation.


Paint-By-Number Mural on Our Shed

Continuing Throughout the Fall 2022 // Join us during open garden hours as we continue to paint a mural on our shed, designed by our Artist-in-Residence Kim! Email us if this is something you want to participate in as a group.

Our 'Little Free Library' turned Pantry

When COVID-19 hit, this Little Free Library was transformed into a Little Free Pantry helping those with food insecurity in our neighborhood. Give what you can, take what you need. We also have a brand new Little Free Library donated by the Rolling Library (it's red) so fiction and nonfiction books go inside for all age groups. Bring one, take one is the concept. And if it's a mess in there, feel free to channel your inner librarian and tidy it up for us.

Past Events

The Motor Company Community Picnic

Sunday, September 25, 2022
(free and open to the public)

You can signup to tell us you are bringing a dish. It's going to start right after the final play of the festival and we are going to celebrate the Communal Spaces project, the theatre company, our volunteers, our garden's progress, and acknowledge the space we occupy that was originally taken care of by the Lenape people. Please join us!

10th Annual Communal Spaces: A Garden Play Festival

Saturdays and Sundays, September 10–25, 2022
(free and open to the public)


  • The Rusty Wheelbarrow // 1:30 PM
    Lead Artist: David M. de León
    @ Rusty Wheelbarrow Farm, 72-02 Woodside Ave.

  • Fort Sunny // 2:30 PM
    Lead Artist: Angela Santillo
    @ Sunnyside Community Garden, 38-01 50th St.

  • What Grows? // 3:30 PM
    Lead Artist: Ben Holbrook
    @ Moore Jackson Community Garden, 31-57 51st St.

  • Listen While You Walk: an audio experience while you walk from one garden to the other
    Lead Artist: Lillian Meredith

TikToks you shouldn't miss:

Brought to us by The Motor Company.

This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Queens of Queens: Women of Woodside

Modern Day Folk Songs by Rashmi

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 4:30 pm

  • FREE and open to the public

  • EverythingRashmi.com, @everythingrashmi on Facebook and Instagram

This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. We'd like to thank the Puffin Foundation for their support of this project.

MOVIE NIGHT: "Sing 2"

Saturday, August 20, 2022, 8:00 PM

The Thomas family are doing it again. Come see "Sing 2" at the garden with a FREE concession stand of ice cream, pop, and popcorn!

  • All are welcome for this FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC event.

  • 31-57 51st St. between 31/32 Aves

Thrak, the Cyclops Puppet Show

Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10:30 AM

Come meet Thrak the Cyclops and Puppeteer Karl Custer for a short puppet show (Peach Boy) to introduce Thrak to our garden.

  • Donations to the artist are encouraged

Teen Open Mic

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 4–7pm

Hosted by Logan Ayala, this event was our first of many (we hope) featuring young voices sharing their amazing talents with our community.

  • Sign up was at 3:30 pm, first come, first serve (lottery style order)

  • PG-13 content

  • 25 performances max, up to 5 minutes each

Thrash Press presents Summer Nights

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 7:00 PM

A reading featuring:

  • Sherese Francis

  • Emily Alta Hockaday

  • Michael Steigman

  • Christine Kandic Torres

Also...

  • Open Mic

  • Limited edition zines and broadsides

  • Light refreshments and free book table

Rizzo's Nature School

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 9am–12pm

Rizzo’s Nature School installment of PREDATOR / PREY where we dissected owl pellets with friends.

  • All are welcome

  • Supplies are limited

Book Launch and Poetry Reading

Friday, May 27, 2022, 6:30 PM

Readings by:

  • Carrier Conners

  • Laura Tanenbaum

  • Arden Levine

  • Dania Rajendra

  • Sonia Rodríguez

Copies available at https://mainstreetragbookstore.com

Peter Rabbit Operetta

SATURDAY, MAY 7th, 2022, 11 AM - 1 PM // Woodside Arts Collective PRESENTS the New Camerata Opera's adaptation of Peter Rabbit at Moore Jackson Community Garden

This special Mother's Day event also includes a local maker's market with special gifts for mom as well as arts and crafts!

5th Annual Beautification Day

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 10 AM–3 PM

  • Planted trees, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, and flowers with neighbors in the morning or afternoon.

  • Got our faces painted by The Cheeky Chipmunk (11am–1pm)

  • Listened to nature adventures at our Storytime Logs.
    Learn about mushrooms at Rizzo’s Nature School (Ages 3–8, Noon–3:00)

  • Browsed our bake sale and kid-crafted bracelet pop-up shop

  • Asked the Island Bee Project beekeepers questions about our busy queens

Book Launch and Poetry Reading

Sunday, April 10, 2022, 3:00 PM

Beach Vocabulary by Emily Hockaday

Beach Vocabulary examines beach, island, marsh, and human ecosystems while both centering and distancing the human emotional experience.

Harbinger by Jackie Sherbow

  • "From the Salem witch trials to the shores of the Long Island Sound, from Queens diners to dreams of California, Sherbow's journeying is intellectually generous and emotionally engaging." — Monica Wendel

Story Stones Project and Mural Project

OCTOBER, 21, 2021 // Artbridge is an artist fellowship that is partnering with Woodside Houses to CREATE & EXHIBIT PUBLIC ART in its urban spaces for the community.

Art for the community by the community. Your stories by you.

To learn more visit us at www.art-bridge.org

Our Masquerade Mask Craft Party

SATURDAY, October 26, 2019 10–12 // Everyone had a blast painting hand-crafted masks with our artist-in-residence Kim. Such a beautiful array of masks coming from our creative group of young people from the community.

Paint Your Own Mini Pumpkin

Saturday October 5, 2019, 10–12 // Fun was had by all painting and decorating mini pumpkins to take home or display at the garden.

First Outdoor Movie Screening

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 6:15 pm // Moore-Jackson Community Garden hosted its first outdoor movie night for the neighborhood to enjoy. We screened the animated film, Coco. Over 100 people turned out.

First Hosting of a Film Crew (PBS/thirteen)

The crew and actors for Cyberchase on PBS/thirteen filmed at our community garden this summer. The animated portion of "A Garden Grows in Botlyn" episode was about Ren and the Cybersquad working together to make and unlikely space into a beautiful garden. The "For Real" segment was about germinating seeds in the Winter to plant in the Spring. The crew appreciated the room they had for equipment and taking breaks, and we even got to consult on the logistics of planting in raised garden beds so the content was as accurate as possible. The show aired Valentine's Day, 2020.

If you're a location scout looking for a community garden or open green space in the city, please email us.

Bake Sale/Lemonade Stands

Arts & Crafts Events

What We Need Help With

  • Bake sale donations (any baked goods that are easy to sell individually)

  • Flyer distributors / chalk message artists (before and during events)

  • Volunteers to help plant/till/weed

  • Donated tools/equipment/supplies (we always need contractor bags but contact us for details on other types of donations like plants)

  • Solicitors of donations such as bottled water and snacks for our volunteers from neighborhood businesses.

  • Garden stewards to open the garden on weekdays.