On Sunday May 11th, 2008, the one year memorial for Eddie Boros the creator of the Tower of Toys, was held in the 6th and B Community Garden. The NYC Parks department had just declared the tower unsafe and that it must come down. Eddie Boros was an amazing character, he had to be in order to build and preserve from destruction his 60 foot ramshackle tower of salvaged timber and rotting toys from 1985 until 2008, a full year after he died. I interviewed the gardeners and his relatives, asking them to give me stories about Eddie.
In part one I talk to:
# Eddie’s niece Jackie
# His brothers Charlie and Joe
# William Hohauser - President of the Garden
# Pat Russell - Gardener and “Eddie’s Number One Fan”
# Delphine - Gardener
# Joanee Freedom - A founding members of the garden.
# Joffrey Scott Wilson - Gardener, storyteller and musician.
# Graywolf - Friend of Eddie and the garden’s webmaster
# Mindy Levecove - Gardener, musician and poet. I use her song “The Singing of the Rain” in the video.
I simply asked everyone to give me their stories about Eddie. He touched a lot of people, the stories were great.
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