One of the best ways to get in touch with nature in Brooklyn is with a visit to the Narrows Botanical Garden.

Back in 1995, volunteers made what was once abandoned parkland along the Belt Parkway into 4 and a half acres of gardens.

Today, the Narrows is home to a wide variety of plants and wildlife, and is designed to provide an oasis for visitors in a busy section of town.

"Right in the middle of Brooklyn, come here, visit, see our chickens, our fish, our turtles, visit our farm, we even have beehives, so it's a whole garden in the middle of Brooklyn," said Narrows Botanical Garden President Rich Haugland.

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