This has been an incredibly dry summer - very little rainfall in June and July and our gardens and street trees are suffering because of the conditions. We water the Urban Meadow through a hook-up on a fire hydrant on the sidewalk outside the Meadow, with the permission of the FDNY and with water barrels which would collect rain if there was any!
The difficulty of keeping up with the water needs of a huge garden are evident when you take a look at the Meadow's garden portion and the grass and trees, like plants all over the city, are very dry and suffering.
Here's an idea for reusing water for your backyard, window boxes and to care for street trees during a very dry period: after you bathe your kids, instead of letting the water drain out of the tub, use the water to irrigate street trees and gardens - when the kids are done with their bath, bring a few gallons out to your back yard or to water the trees in front of your house - the water just has a little kid dirt and some mild soap in it and is perfectly alright to water plants with. I did this recently and the kids loved carrying water from the bath out to the back yard and to the sidewalk to care for the trees. Now if we could only get everyone in the neighborhood to carry their bath water to the Meadow!