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Harlem Valley Garden

Information about this lot

Known Use: community green space
Address: 197 WEST 134 STREET, Manhattan, 10030
Area: 0.06 acres (2498 square feet)
Block and Lot: Manhattan, block 1919, lot 5
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)
Contact: GreenThumb Deputy Director Carlos Martinez ((212) 602-5329 /


This land is being stewarded by the following group:

Joshua Hakimi, 3478153276

· We’ll be working on raising money
· Community Engagement
· Repairing or replacing street fence
· Vertical Gardening
· Rainwater catchment
· Auto-drip irrigation
· Sub Irrigated Planters with Siphon watering system
· Bicycle Parking
· Vermicomposting
· Building furniture from shipping pallets

News feed

Nov. 29, 2017, 6:10 p.m.
Stephanie @ 596 Acres posted
Organizer Meeting in Harlem this Saturday December 2 @ 2pm-5pm
Organizer Meeting in Harlem this Saturday December 2 @ 2pm-5pm Come build, share, and celebrate with fellow land access advocates who are organizing with their neighbors for access to vacant spaces to transform them into community places! You’ll get a chance to learn from folks who have succeeded in successfully gaining access and folks who are beginning their journey to land stewardship! This is a great chance to share stories, learn from each others’ experiences, and discover partnership opportunities. Let’s gather to celebrate each other’s work and envision goals for 2018 that we can bring into fruition together! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided!
Dec. 29, 2015, 9:45 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Thanks to amazing organizing by gardeners and supporters, this community space was taken off the list of potential development sites and TRANSFERRED TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TODAY!

Nov. 23, 2015, 10:41 a.m.
meredith posted
Here is what this lot looked like before neighbors transformed it with 596 Acres’ help (google took this picture in 2007)!
Dec. 5, 2013, 12:08 p.m.
J. Hakimi said

Last night we received a unanimous vote of support from CB10! We're getting closer.

Nov. 22, 2013, 1:54 p.m.
Joshua said

I made the pitch to the CB10 Land Use Committee yesterday evening and received a unanimous vote of support. Almost there!
Come to the CB10 General Meeting on Dec. 4th for the final stamp of approval.

Nov. 21, 2013, 10:33 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Land Use & Housing - 215 West 125th Street, 4th Floor. Come out in support. 6pm.

Nov. 16, 2013, 10:06 p.m.
Joshua said

Making the pitch to CB10 this Thursday. Been collecting signatures to support the creation of a garden at this lot.

Oct. 24, 2013, 2:55 p.m.
Joshua Hakimi said

I've been in touch with HPD and they gave a green light to continue the conversation with Roland at Green Thumb.
He laid out a plan to contact CB10 and get the ball rolling.
Been in touch with CB10 and I'll be presenting a plan for the lot on 21st of November. I can't seem to find any block association to get in touch with but I spoke briefly with one of the principals in PS 175. I'd like to get in touch with the pastor from the congregation on the block and Tony from Harlem Grown across the street.

May 26, 2013, 4:52 p.m.
Kaitlin said

Lots of light! Posted a sign here today.