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Manhattan block 1921, lot 49

Information about this lot

Address: 136 W137 ST, Manhattan, 10030
Area: 0.06 acres (2498 square feet)
Block and Lot: Manhattan, block 1921, lot 49
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 9 represented by Bill Perkins
Community District Manhattan 10 ( alassalle@cb.nyc.gov / 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 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

May 13, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
mara @ 596 acres said

A neighbor just contacted us about transforming this lot into a garden, and this is what I sent them:

This is a vacant public lot in the inventory of NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

Sign up as an organizer on the Lot Page to get updates and connect with neighbors! The page has information about the lot and helpful links.

Here is something you can do immediately: get your neighbors to sign a petition in support of a garden here! I have attached a PDF and added a file you can print and use to the lot’s page: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Example_Petition_-_Sheet1_7_up0BnJJ.pdf

& here are your next steps:


  1. Put together a proposal for the a garden on this lot. You will need:
    (1) a name
    (2) a written statement of your vision
    (3) a sketch of how you think the land would be used


  2. Get neighbors to support this proposal and sign up to become volunteer garden stewards in the future; you will need at least 10 neighbors to sign up as future volunteers; it would be great to also have 100 supporter signatures to show your community board.


  3. Present, together with your neighbors, to the Community Board for their support; you will be asking them for a letter addressed to the Parks Department requesting they take jurisdiction. Contact your community board to find out how to get on the agenda for an upcoming meeting: Community District Manhattan 10 ( mn10@cb.nyc.gov / 212.749.3105 ).


  4. Present your proposal package to GreenThumb.


April 21, 2015, 3:27 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Just because this lot is included in HPD's small homes program doesn't mean that people can't organize around it! I would love to help neighbors advocate for a transfer to the Parks Department so that this vacant space can serve the neighborhood in some way.

I'm not sure if Leora is still interested, but anyone can reach out if they're interested in starting or helping with an existing campaign!

mary@596acres.org
718-316-6092 ext 3

Jan. 16, 2015, 5:47 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 http://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 one of 2 programs:

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.

Or a "homeownership"' program:
1-4 unit homeownership OR up to 14 unit coop with a preference given to developers who propose to have 1/3 of the units going to people making 80-90% of the Area Median Income (AMI; about average income for New Yorkers) and the rest being market-rate or affordable to those making more.

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.

Nov. 18, 2014, 12:12 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

We're still trying to get an answer from Rasheed at GreenThumb! Working on it...

Nov. 9, 2014, 9:53 a.m.
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Nov. 9, 2014, 9:50 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Lot labeled!

Oct. 28, 2014, 4:57 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

So happy to have Leora from Goddess on the Go and GEMS (http://www.gems-girls.org/) interested in creating a garden!!! I let her know to contact GreenThumb to confirm what Housing Preservation and Development (who has jurisdiction over the site) told me before: that this site has no development plans and can be used for community use.

June 25, 2014, 10:22 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Any updates? Has anyone started organizing? This is a great opportunity since HPD has already given the OK!

June 4, 2014, 11:29 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Ms. Walters returned by call: there are no immediate plans for this space!!! She said the next step is to introduce yourselves to GreenThumb! You can shoot Rasheed an email or give him a call:

Rasheed Hislop
Deputy Director
T 212.788.1960
F 212.788.8052
E Rasheed.Hislop@parks.nyc.gov
GreenThumb
49 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
nyc.gov/parks

Simultaneously, neighbors should should start collecting:


  • letters of support from surrounding churches, organizations, schools, & associations

  • a mission statement for the group's garden

  • signatures of support from neighbors

  • a drawing of what you'd like the space to look like!

Once you have all this put together, you can present it to your community board: Manhattan 10. (Click on the Who Respresents Me? link on this page to get their contact info.) Getting a letter of support from the community board is the essential last step. Then, everything can be submitted to GreenThumb.

I'm always available for help!
mary@596acres.org
718-316-6092 ext 3

May 28, 2014, 2:31 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Seth let me know that he left a message for Ms. Walters. I also called today and left a message.

May 24, 2013, 11:43 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Jonathan,

Any updates on opening up this fence for the community?

July 12, 2012, 1:59 a.m.
Jonathan Beatrice said

I always wondered who owned that lot. Three years I've been living here and thought it belonged to a developer sitting on the property and waiting for the value to go up before he can build condos. I'm fuming at the city for letting it just sit there and become nothing but a home for stray cats and weeds while the homeless population goes up.

July 7, 2012, 2:49 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We put a sign on this very accessible lot today!