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Luigi's Garden

Information about this lot

Known Use: community green space
Address: 227 WEST 115 STREET, Manhattan, 10026
Area: 0.04 acres (1892 square feet)
Block and Lot: Manhattan, block 1831, lot 16
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 9 represented by Bill Perkins
Community District Manhattan 10 ( / 212.749.3105 ), district manager: Andrew Lassalle
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

We posted this lot because:

  • The lot is being used as a community green space.
  • Neighbors got access to it with the help of 596 Acres.
  • 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 Parks and Recreation (public)


This land is being stewarded by the following group:

Luigi's Garden

News feed

Oct. 22, 2015, 3:02 p.m.
paula at 596 acres posted
GrowNYC helped get the garden built this week!
GrowNYC helped get the garden built this week! It looks great!
April 13, 2015, 1:34 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

From Jonathan:
"We have our garden opening on 4/25 11-4:00. It's gonna be small and LRP has a lot of work to do on it towards the end of summer, so likely we will just be doing planter gardening for a while. But it is really happening!!"

Feb. 22, 2015, 12:23 p.m.
someone posted
Dec. 22, 2014, 3:45 p.m.
someone posted
We got your card! Congratulations!
Oct. 30, 2014, 5:14 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

GreenThumb is communicating with the organizers but we've still yet to hear an answer on this garden-to-be!

July 9, 2014, 11:38 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

This groups submitted an proposal to GreenThumb on May 28th. They've heard back that GreenThumb is in communication with Parks about getting this site transferred. Waiting to hear back...

June 25, 2014, 10:19 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Happy Summer! Any updates?

April 24, 2014, 1:22 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

There will be a meeting in front of the lot this Saturday, April 26th at 1 pm!

April 16, 2014, 12:19 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

596 Acres is having a general meeting in Harlem TONIGHT!

Wednesday, April 16
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
At 197 West 134th Street (at Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd), Manhattan

We'll be sharing stories land access success and troubleshooting any sticky points in the process. Contact with questions.

March 4, 2014, 2:47 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

After the last meeting with CB 10, the group was told they needed to collect letters of support, more member names, and a paper trail of their communications thus far.

They will be presenting in front of CB 10's Parks, Rec, & Transportation Committee on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:30 pm!

Feb. 11, 2014, 8:58 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

From organizer Jonathan:

"We were going to have a meeting with the Community Board later in February and an e-mail explaining what's going on, but the meeting got pushed up to tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm. It is with the Parks and Recreation subcommittee of Community Board 10 (Central Harlem), and it is to explain our vision for the lot. The meeting is at 215 west 125th street 3rd floor (corner of 7th avenue/Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.)

I know it is last minute, but if anyone is able to come by to show support, this would be a great time. You can also meet some of the other people gathering around this project."

Feb. 6, 2014, 11:07 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

That's Thursday, February 20th for the Land Use Committee Meeting Jonathan mentioned above!

Feb. 5, 2014, 12:51 p.m.
Jonathan said

There is a meeting with the Land Use Committee at 6:30 pm at 215 West 125th street, 3rd floor. We'll be presenting our vision for the lot and the support we've prepared.

Jan. 23, 2014, 10:55 a.m.
Jonathan said

Also, you can now e-mail if you want to be on the
members' list. We plan to get a letter from Community Board 10 next
month and submit our GreenThumb application early March.

Jan. 23, 2014, 10:43 a.m.
Mary at 596 Acres said

Roland at GreenThumb informed me that from now on that DCAS land must be transferred to the Parks Dept to become a GT garden. Luckily, he said that this group can go ahead and compile a GT proposal and submit it. Then it will be reviewed with Parks for transfer!

Looks like this group is on steps 6 & 7:

Oct. 20, 2013, 11:23 p.m.
Patrick said

Spoke with john via email. He told me we need to get community support and eventually a social media presence. The guys down at used squarespace to set the internet side of things up, and I know some churches and schools in my area to speak to about community support but I haven't heard back from John since I spoke to him. Any ideas what to do next?

Oct. 10, 2013, 1:47 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

How did it go?

Oct. 3, 2013, 12:47 p.m.
Jonathan said

A meeting about what to do with this lot will take place October 6th, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Frederick's Cafe on 114th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. If you are watching this lot, please come to help us organize!

Sept. 15, 2013, 11:47 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

It was awesome to meet Jonathan at the General meeting at St Nicholas Miracle Garden today. He took some signs home and ideas about next steps!

Sept. 12, 2013, 3:25 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Come get advice about how to move this forward and support other aspiring Harlem land stewards this Sunday:

596 Acres New York City Land Access General Meeting

Sunday, September 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At St Nick's Miracle Garden, West 127th Street and St Nicholas Ave in Harlem
Come trouble shoot your community land access campaign and meet other aspiring and active land stewards in one of NYC's newest community spaces -- the St. Nicholas Miracle Garden, which started with neighbors coming together around a 596 Acres sign on a rusty fence surrounding an unused municipal lot.

See how they've grown:

And get inspiration and practical advice to grow your own community!

May 24, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Jonathan said

Still nothing. I'll ask DCAS again today.=20


May 24, 2013, 11:38 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Any updates?

March 13, 2013, 2:05 p.m.
Jonathan R. said

I contacted Ms. Kadir at DCAS on 3/6 and she said she had forwarded my inquiry (made on 3/4) to the planning department. Hoping for good news soon.

Jan. 24, 2013, 4:52 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We're working with DCAS to figure out license or lease terms that would work for a community organization!

Dec. 6, 2012, 8:31 p.m.
Paula at 596 acres said

Wow! We're so curious and surprised! Can you share the details with This will help us negotiate with the city on your behalf and share lessons with others!

Dec. 6, 2012, 8:05 p.m.
Jonathan said

Just got the lease agreement, but it's way more expensive than I thought it would be. Who's in to help fundraise?

Aug. 2, 2012, 2:02 p.m.
Marianna said

Wonderful!!! Happy to help. How can we connect directly?

Aug. 2, 2012, 2:01 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Did you submit to Green Thumb?

Aug. 2, 2012, 1:36 p.m.
Jonathan said

Sounds good - I just submitted the lease app today, and will keep you updated.

Aug. 2, 2012, 1:24 p.m.
Marianna said

I'd be willing to organize with you!

July 27, 2012, 12:20 p.m.
Jonathan said

Thanks for the sign - I'd already been thinking about developing it and you were the catalyst!

July 7, 2012, 2:42 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

A sweet garden-to-be! We put a sign on it today!