Information about this lot
Why is this lot here?
We think this lot is vacant because:
Housing Preservation and Development is not granting interim licenses now. The only way to have the community access this lot is by getting it transferred to another agency. Look below for Pathways that will guide you.
You can call Ms. Gonzalez at the number listed above and find out if there are any plans for this lot.
Time Up is hosting regular clean ups and workdays:
New Garden Green-Up
3rd Street between Ave. C & D
Every Saturday at 12pm and every Tuesday at 4pm
Join us in trying to start a new community garden. Bring seeds, plants and food to share.
Keep in mind that this group doesn't have official access or a relationship with HPD about using this property. Yet!
Info for Bill who runs the group that is trying to access this space:
Haimar (1-646-755-4226) is a little impaired by his health issues, hence the fact that we keep putting off setting up meetings. He's going to call me after the 18th when he goes back to the doctor.
In the meantime, no other neighbors have expressed organizing around this project, though Haimar says he knows a handful of people.
This site was included in a list of sites that developers are being asked to apply to build housing on by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. (seehttp://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/NIHOP-NCP-RFQ.shtml).
The list was published on January 14, 2015 and developers' responses are due on February 20, 2015. The fact that this site was included DOES NOT necessarily mean that housing will be developed here, but it does me that HPD is encouraging housing development and is not likely to consider other uses for the time being. If no one applies for this site, it may again be available in March!
The list and RFQ are products of HPD, under the direction of the Mayor's office. Development is not certain - this is simply a request for developers to apply to become qualified to build in these sites.
This site has been slated for a rental housing program: 15-30 units of housing going to people making less than 165% of the Area Median Income (AMI); this means rents in these units could be more than $3,000. per month for a family of four.
This article sums things up pretty well (and has the voices of folks from across the 596 Acres network):http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150116/morningside-heights/community-gardens-threatened-by-de-blasios-affordable-housing-plan
You can let your City Council member, the mayor's office and HPD know if you have feedback about the program or the selection of this site.
We're planning on having a meeting sometime the week of January 26th. If you'd like to come shoot me and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give me a call (718-316-6092 ext 3) to let me know what days work for people. We'll confirm a date the week before.
Can someone tell me if there's still a sign hanging on the lot?
Haimar had some medical problems, so he took a little break from this, but now he's back! He has 8 neighbors who are super interested but everyone is pretty wrapped up in the holiday season, so we're going to speak in early January to figure out a place for everyone to meet.
I spoke to Haimar again who's going to chat up some of the neighbors and hopefully we'll hold a meeting! I'll keep everyone posted!
I haven't gotten my schedule yet, most likely I'll be free to meet Tuesday.=20=
On Oct 7, 2014, at 12:16 PM, 596 Acres Lot 1003720011
I spoke to Haimar, the man who lives next door. He'd love to make open space happen here!
Is anyone free for a meeting next week on Tuesday or Wednesday?
I can be available Tuesdays. Possibly Thursdays.=20
On Sep 16, 2014, at 6:16 PM, 596 Acres Lot 1003720011
Anyone still interested in meeting sometime in the next few weeks? I'm free on most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 or 6:30.
Yes, that meeting will have valuable information and it's awesome if you want to support the possibility of a garden. (It's this lot: http://596acres.org/lot/1016350043/) However, I think neighbors who are interested in creating a garden here at this lot should have a meeting, too!
There is a meeting this Wednesday!! Please attend, and lets allow this garden to grow
Community Garden East Harlem
Meeting in Front of Lot on 108St Between Lexington&3rd Ave. 09/03/2014 Wednesday at 5pm
Sorry I missed this thought! Maybe we can aim for something a week or two in the future, giving people time to talk to other neighbors and plan to show.
Like I mentioned, I'll try my best to come and share some guidance about how the process of starting a project like this works. Personally, I'm free Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon/evenings!
I spoke to Charles Marcus, Director of Planning at HPD who said that a conversation with GreenThumb needs to happen in regards to this lot. Anyone still interested? Let's have a meeting in front of the lot! What days work well for everyone?
718-316-6092 ext 3
Hi, I am also interested in doing something with this lot. Right now it's being used by junkies to shoot up etc' and I'd like to see a more positive use of the land.
Hey Mary. If you speak to Ariel or Santos again, can you have them contact me ?
Sam left a message w HPD, we plan to swing by the lot next wk to see it.
I just spoke with Santos on the phone. He's excited and going to give Ariel a call.
Santos or Ariel -
Can you give HPD a call at the number listed above? You might not hear back immediately, but it's great to check in. You can just ask if there are plans for the space, and if so, when they will occur. The lot isn't very wide, so I think there's a good chance there isn't any immediate plans!
I spoke with Santos and was told that a meeting was held. I was wondering what was the result of this housing and preservation meeting that was held.
Hi Nicole, Santos & Ariel!
Should a meeting be held? If all of you are interested, we could meet and talk over some ideas.
Has anyone given Housing Preservation and Development a call to see if there are plans for the space?
We heard that Fourth Arts Block might be interested in helping out! http://fabnyc.org/
We're a non-profit dog owners advocacy group looking for vacant lots that can be turned into micro dog parks, either temporarily or permanently. You can get in touch with us through www.nycbarkclub.org. Thanks!