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Manhattan block 372, lot 49

Information about this lot

Address: 302-4 E 2 ST, Manhattan, 10009
Area: 0.12 acres (5298 square feet)
Block and Lot: Manhattan, block 372, lot 49
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 2 represented by Carlina Rivera
Community District Manhattan 3 ( info@cb3manhattan.org / 212-533-5300 ), district manager: Susan Stetzer
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

We think this lot is vacant because:

  • In MapPLUTO the city lists this lot's landuse as vacant.
  • In MapPLUTO the city lists this lot's building class as vacant.

Government Agency

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
Contact: Miriam Gonzalez (212-863-6555 / gonzalm@hpd.nyc.gov)

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.

News feed

June 18, 2016, 8:20 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

A neighbor reached out to us about this lot today. Below is our response. It seems like a good time to try to organize to preserve this as crucial open space in the neighborhood, or to make sure that whatever housings ends up being built here by a private developer who gets free City land is actually accessible to people who need housing.

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Thank you for writing. This is the lot that you are asking about is called Manhattan block 372, lot 49.

It is City-owned and was once, a long time ago, a garden called Las Siete Potencias. That garden has not been there for at least 10 years and we don’t know why it closed.

Currently, the lot is in the inventory of Housing Preservation and Development. It is tied up in the Mayor’s Housing Plan.

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. See https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/developers/request-for-qualifications/nihop-ncp-rfq.page.

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. The housing can be for peope making well over $100,000 per year. The list was published on January 14, 2015 and developers' responses were due on February 20, 2015. Nothing has been announced since, but the City is trying to get the program rolling in some sneaky ways in Brooklyn: http://citylimits.org/2016/06/14/cityviews-city-giving-away-land-with-little-public-discussion/

It might be worth it to call the community board and ask if they know what's happening here:
Manhattan CB 3
phone: 212-533-5300
email: info@cb3manhattan.org
website: http://www.nyc.gov/manhattancb3

It may still be possible to use political pressure to get the administration to decide to preserve this lot as open space, but you will need to be very organized, to have the support of your community board, and to get the council member, Rosie Mendez, on board. Both Community Board 3 and Rosie are historically VERY friendly to gardens so - although you’ll be fighting a huge opponent - you should have good allies.

Aug. 16, 2015, 1:34 p.m.
Dr. Elyas Isaacs said

HELLO,

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Cheryl Adams of CUNY's York College, BTW, Dr. Adams is a member of York College's Biology Department and a well known and world class authority on bugs and insects and a Biology Professor at York College, is joining me in my sustainable development and agricultural improvement research and practicum work on Lot 49.

We are making plans for Cheryl's release soon to the Lot 49 local neighborhood community a "fun filled" paper on urban pests and what can be done about them -- like fleas, ticks, common insects, household pests, bed bugs, blister beetles, cockroaches, hornets and wasps, and many, many more -- for distribution to all in the neighborhood and local community such as community based groups, all schools at all levels, community centers, senior centers, youth groups of all kinds, churches and all other religious institutions and so on and so on.

We hope to do over the next year a time capsule project with "The Woman Tree, Giant Sequoia" and "The Man Tree, Ponderosa Pine". We'd like to have a " Naming Contest" for Lot 49.

Through my many year membership in the New York Academy of Sciences and the Academy's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] program, we hope to partner with Local Schools.

We plan to have over the next few years, festivals, holiday parties, cookouts and BBQ's. We might, if possible, open this Lot 49 site to the Greenmarket Association if space and other resources allow.

That above may all seem like quite a lot to do -- but Cheryl and I plan to do all that we can to make it all come true. And we are working as hard as we can to assure our access and all of yours to Lot 49. Thank you all very, very much.

SHALOM and PEACE.

Yours,
Dr. Elyas F. Isaacs

May 19, 2015, 4:55 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

We likely won't know if a developer has been chosen to build on this space until sometime this summer. (See the note below that discusses the HPD small homes this lot is included in.) BUT this lot really is quite small, so perhaps we should hold a meeting and start organizing so that when no developer is selected neighbors are ready to swoop in! As I've mentioned before, if anyone wants to hold a meeting and promote it to get some folks interested, I'd be happy to help and come lead it!

mary@596acres.org
718-316-6092

May 18, 2015, 9:07 p.m.
Karen Ng said

Hi, I'd love to find out more about the current situation of the lot and see if I can help! You can reach me at 646.288.5012. - Karen

May 1, 2015, 9:09 p.m.
Joe Kay said

Any news on this site? I live nearby and would love to get involved. joewkay@gmail.com

Jan. 16, 2015, 5:03 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

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. (see https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/developers/request-for-qualifications/nihop-ncp-rfq.page)

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.

June 17, 2014, 12:03 p.m.
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June 17, 2014, 11:54 a.m.
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April 3, 2014, 12:11 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Hey, any neighbors have an update about what's happening at this space? Is there construction yet? When I looked up the property I see that there are currently no issued permits. It might be worth it to call the local community board and ask if they know what's happening here.

Manhattan CB 3
phone: 212-533-5300
email: info@cb3manhattan.org
website: http://www.nyc.gov/manhattancb3

Feb. 24, 2013, 8:23 a.m.
ilyse said

cool! I walked past the construction of the monstrous Alphabet Plaza recently and noticed that the developer of that complex has carved about 10' off the width of this parcel ... presumably in order to place a form for pouring the foundation, and presumbly to re-fill the 10' slice to grade, but it's a shame to have lost that much topsoil (again, presuming that the old garden had topsoil).

Also a large mature tree is uprooted and laying on the back of the lot. I don't know whether the developer plucked it out or whether it was perhaps a Sandy victim.

This lot is a mile from my house and it would be great if others living closer to it could keep an eye...

Feb. 24, 2013, 2:29 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We just found out, by looking at the 2002 Garden Settlement list, that this lot used to be a garden called Las Siete Potencias.

Dec. 17, 2012, 7:55 p.m.
someone posted
This is from a map called "Sanitary & Topographical Map of the City & Island of New York" made in 1875 by a cartographer who based his work on maps dating back to the 1600s showing original features of the land and coastline, with the grid of Manhattan's street plan overlaid. The yellow circle shows what the original land was like at this lot -- it was the edge of a large marsh and the head of a stream. **This was the type of land (before it was all filled in) that provides natural protection against storm surges.** I hope you all find this interesting!
Dec. 17, 2012, 7:51 p.m.
ilyse said

has anyone called HPD about this lot? And I'd love to know the history of this land as a garden, Luz! I'm uploading a bit of my favorite map of Manhattan island, that shows the old hills, marshes and streams that existed. I circled the location of this lot in yellow, you can see it was a small pond at the head of a stream that drained off to the East River. That stream may still be underground, like most of the streams that were covered over by landfill when Alphabet City was filled in order to build immigrant housing.

Is anyone interested in meeting up in front of this lot one day soon?

Oct. 8, 2012, 11:23 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Come join us for a conversation on Sunday --
596 Acres & Siempre Verde Community Garden present a short history of organizing for community space on the Lower East Side and throughout the city

Sunday, October 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
At 181 Stanton Street, Manhattan
We'll be here: http://596acres.org/en/lot/1003440153/
The impetus for this is a visit by some students from the Yale School of Forestry, but we figured we might as well open it up to the public. Come join us! This will be a history lesson and a tactics conversation and a chance for organizers of land-based projects from around the city to connect to one another.

We'd also love to hear if there has been an update about your lot and/or how we can best support folks who want to see this space put to use for & by the community.

July 9, 2012, 8:23 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

There are 5 people watching this lot! Neat! It would be great if everyone who knows anything about the city's or the community's plans for it would write a note. You don't have to reveal your name but a note is a great way to share information with the rest of the folks who are engaged here. When you write your note, everyone will get an email - just like you just got! If you want to know more about this lot, you can call the city agency listed on the lot's page to ask them about it. Here are some tips for your phone call: http://596acres.org/en/resources/advocacy-resources/

May 23, 2012, 6:49 p.m.
Oksana said

This lot is owned by HPD. Visit http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/my_community.jsp to view any open Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the lot.