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Bronx block 2443, lot 18

Information about this lot

Address: EAST 150 STREET, Bronx, 10451
Area: 0.19 acres (8475 square feet)
Block and Lot: Bronx, block 2443, lot 18
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 17 represented by Rafael Salamanca
Community District Bronx 4 ( bx04@cb.nyc.gov / 718-299-0800 ), district manager: Paul A. Philps
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Government Agency

New York City Transit (MTA) (public)
Contact: John Coyne, MTA Real Estate (212.878.7158 / jcoyne@mtahq.org)

John Coyne is the MTA real estate fellow.

Urban Renewal

This lot is part of the Melrose urban renewal plan.

Pathways

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News feed

Nov. 7, 2017, 3:39 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

$10 million of New York State funding is heading to this part of the city! I learned about it here: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-civic-center-10m-cuomo-revitalization-plan-article-1.3510845

The article says: "A local planning team will use $300,000 from the award to develop a strategic investment plan on how best to use the remaining funds to improve the area."

Maybe investing in this location to make it the public community space that you and your neighbors want can be part of the plan!

The article also says: '“With this funding, the South Bronx will have the opportunity to reach its full potential using community-based efforts to strengthen our neighborhoods,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'

You could start trying to direct the funding here by contacting BP Ruben Diaz's office. Try James Rausse, the office's Director of Planning & Development: (718) 590-3514. You can ask about being part of this local planning team mentioned in the news, and ask that you be kept in the loop in the process. Make sure you get the name of who you speak to and their email address so you can follow up, too. When you write to follow up after you call, you can copy organizers@596acres.org to your email for support. You can record notes from your call on the lot page here.

Nov. 15, 2015, 11:01 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Let's give Thomas a week to try to figure this one out. I know that MTA says they don't own half the property, but they haven't shown any documents to prove it.

The only thing we know for sure is that the City of New York has no record of owning it.

Nov. 12, 2015, 10:05 p.m.
"laminesylla@netzero.net" said

Thanks for your Help, but in the past they send me an E- mail sayin=
g they doesn't owned the green line on the LotPlease could you call me =
I will tell you what Alisa Biggs the AMT Real State told me One agai=
n thanks 718-885-5723

Nov. 12, 2015, 4:32 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

I spoke with Thomas Lucania at Bronx Borough President's Office today. His interpretation of Finance records is that MTA owns the whole parcel. He is going to follow up with CM Arroyo's staff and the MTA to try to solve the mystery.

Nov. 12, 2015, 4:31 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

On Oct 2, 2015, at 2:10 PM, Otero, Joann JOtero@council.nyc.gov wrote:

So far I reached out to DCAS and they do not have record of this being City property.

Joann Otero
Chief of Staff
Council Member Arroyo
384 E.149th Street
Bronx, NY 10455
718-402-6130
jotero@council.nyc.gov

Sept. 15, 2015, 5:17 p.m.
Andrew @ 596 said

After calling Mr. Mastropietro's office, I got a return call from Alicia from the MTA and got the same response: the red portion is MTA property and they don't know who the green portion belongs to.

Next, I called Council Member Arroyo's office. I sent them all the information and they are going to try to determine who is the owner of the other half of the lot that nobody seems to be taking responsibility for.

Sept. 15, 2015, 2:38 p.m.
Andrew @ 596 said

We've reached out to Arturo Espinoza, of the MTA Real Estate Department. He referred us to Mr. Neil Mastropietro, whose office handles Real Estate for Metro-North. After emails and a call, we are waiting for a response from Mastropietro's office.

Aug. 3, 2015, 11:07 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

The surveyor couldn't scan the maps and wouldn't take a photo of them, unfortunately.

596 Acres' director, Paula, is in contract with Mr. Neil Mastropietro, whose office handles Real Estate for Metro-North, and trying to get more info.

Reminder! 596 Acres is going on a break for the month of August and a new, full-time organizer named Andrew will pick up this project and work with Lamine when September starts!

July 22, 2015, 12:47 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Lamine just called and let me know the surveyor came by, and Terrence followed up with an email, too:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: McCauley, Terrence TMcCauley@mnr.org
Date: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 12:16 PM
Subject: RE: Inquiry: Block 2443 Lot 18
To: Mary Elizabeth Prall mary@596acres.org
Cc: "LamineSylla@netzero.com" LamineSylla@netzero.com, 596 Acres organizers@596acres.org

Yesterday, our surveyor reviewed the property maps and walked the area in question. After conducting a site visit and after reviewing the area this week, we have determined the lot with the overgrown trees is not Metro-North property. Our forces have cleared up some overgrowth on property we know is ours along our tracks. We have also alerted our pest control contractor that the area needs to be baited on a periodic basis. However, the lot with the overgrown trees is not Metro-North property.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

I'm perplexed!

I called Mike from the Maintenance Dept of MTA (917-859-2761) who went out the site with the surveyor. He said that it's definitely not their property, and gave me the number of the surveyor Mark to call and see if he can send me the documents he has. Mike doesn't know the property but suggested we reach out to DOT.

We reached out to James Mortley at the Department of Finance... we'll see what he can find!

July 15, 2015, 12:38 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: McCauley, Terrence TMcCauley@mnr.org
Date: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 10:19 AM
Subject: RE: Inquiry: Block 2443 Lot 18
To: Mary Elizabeth Prall mary@596acres.org
Cc: "LamineSylla@netzero.com" LamineSylla@netzero.com, 596 Acres organizers@596acres.org

I would have advised you to reach out to MTA Real Estate as they’re the department that handles all of our real estate concerns. If they can’t shed light on the situation, I certainly can’t.

As a state authority, we are exempt from local ordinances, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to be good neighbors. I’ve already made sure our forces are aware of the situation and have asked them to clean the area on a regular basis.

I understand that a member of our Maintenance of Way department visited the site and will remove some of the trees on our property that seem to be giving cover to those who litter in the area in question. I can also ask MTAPD to keep a closer eye on trespassers on our property as well. I understand the topic of improved lighting has been discussed, but I doubt Metro-North would be able to help with that effort. Property owners may want to consider installing lighting on their property to illuminate the area.

So, in speaking to MTA's real estate dept we've been on the right track. John Coyne called me again and let me know that the Maintenance Dept is really trying to solve this; they're confused to, but there's a desire to figure it out and handle it so the lot can stop being an eyesore to neighbors and burden to Sanitation.

John said we can keep checking back in with him, late next week is great.

A man named Mike Marlin from MTA Maintenance also visited Lamine at the site on Monday. He chatted about the area and discusses taking some trees out. He also said he would put up some sort of notice to discourage folks from parking in the area right next to the lot.

And just got this email from Terrance McCauley: "Since I responded to your email, I’ve also learned that we’re having the area surveyed so we should know exactly where Metro-North’s property ends. I hope to have the results of that survey sometime next week."

Great!

July 6, 2015, 11:20 p.m.
"laminesylla@netzero.net" said

Sorry Mary this is the MTA Metro North contact number who I talked and w=
ant wanted to has contact with you Name Terrance McCauley 212-340-3056=
Could you call him or her and say you are one the who helping me turnin=
g the space to a better parking lot Thanks =

July 6, 2015, 11 p.m.
"laminesylla@netzero.net" said

Hi, Mary could call in the money I have a new contact that help us for=
the East 150th Street Bronx.I know we are waiting for Mr. John the MTA=
Realty State representative to get back to US, but this MTA representat=
ive called me, I think his the one in charge for the space. He wanted t=
o talk with you. Please if you get into office in the morning could call=
me at my cell 718-885-57-23 or office number 718-752-4499 before 11:30 =
Once again thanks Lamine Sylla Capitol International Corp590 Grand Con=
course BSMTBronx,NY10451

July 6, 2015, 12:45 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Some context about the post office building next to this lot:
http://m.ny.curbed.com/tags/bronx-general-post-office

July 1, 2015, 10:40 p.m.
"laminesylla@netzero.net" said

Thanks please keep me up date =

July 1, 2015, 10:40 p.m.
"laminesylla@netzero.net" said

OMG what hard work are u doing for me once again thanks

July 1, 2015, 4:37 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Alicia Biggs at MTA called me back to clarify that the last time MTA was talking to Sanitation, MTA had shared the tax map they have (same as the one they shared with me, posted below) and said they didn't own the space. And Sanitation is annoyed because they are convinced MTA does. So now, a standstill!

Then I called John Coyne, a real estate fellow at MTA. He let me know that he'll talk to Alicia and the rest of his team to find out if they can do some investigating into who really owns the property.

July 1, 2015, 4:10 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

I spoke to Ms. Alicia Biggs again, who said that she thinks that previously MTA was talking with Sanitation about this space, thinking they has control over half of it for some reason. She gave me the contact information for Mr. Iggy Teranova, the Citywide Affairs officer for Sanitation (646-885-5021). I spoke to Iggy who let me know that he had already been in touch with MTA about this parcel a long time ago: apparently MTA was getting ticketed for not keeping the space cleaned, but was claiming it was Sanitation's responsibility. Then Sanitation sent official documents to MTA (to a man named Neal Mastropiepro) letting them know the site is entirely theirs and they are responsible for maintaining it! I spent quite awhile on the phone with Iggy but he couldn't find the paperwork to pass along to me. I left him my contact information. I also called back Ms. Biggs and left her a message saying all of this.

July 1, 2015, 10:32 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
Bronx Tax Map View: 150th & Grand Concourse ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Mary Elizabeth Prall <maryelizabethprall@gmail.com> Date: Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 10:28 AM Subject: Re: Inquiry about a MTA-owned Parcel in the South Bronx To: "Biggs, Alicia" <abiggs@mtahq.org> Cc: "LamineSylla@netzero.com" <LamineSylla@netzero.com>, 596 Acres <organizers@596acres.org> Hi Alicia, Can you confirm the ownership of the green highlighted area in the first map or the parties involved in leasing? We are interested in connecting with them to establish how to convert this vacant parcel into a community park space. Thanks so much, Mary Elizabeth Prall Organizer | 596 Acres' NYC Community Land Access Project 596 Acres, Inc. 540 President Street, 2E Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 11215 718-316-6092 x 3 mary@596acres.org On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 4:48 PM, Biggs, Alicia <abiggs@mtahq.org> wrote: Hi Mary, In response to your email regarding the parcel in the South Bronx, Block 2443 Lot 18, unfortunately Metro-North does not own, lease or control the entire Lot 18. The first attached PDF is NYC’s tax map which has been edited to show a GREEN area that reflects what is not Metro-North property. The second PDF is Metro-North’s Valuation Map indicating Metro-North’s property line. I hope this answers your question. Regards, Alicia Biggs MTA Real Estate Department 2 Broadway, 4th Floor New York, NY 10004 (212)878-7148 abiggs@mtahq.org
June 24, 2015, 5:11 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

I called John Coyne at MTA to check in and he said that he had passed along my email to the Metro North department. He said that people had inquired about this space before and there was confusion about which part of MTA actually is in charge of it.

Then I called MTA's real estate department (http://web.mta.info/mta/realestate/contact_us.html) and was connected with a very friendly lady named Peggy and followed up with the email below. She said that every week it changes who researches and responds to inquiry, but we can call back next week if we don't hear anything.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mary Elizabeth Prall mary@596acres.org
Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 4:57 PM
Subject: Inquiry about a MTA-owned Parcel in the South Bronx
To: pgeary@mtahq.org
Cc: LamineSylla@netzero.com, 596 Acres organizers@596acres.org

Hi Pam,

I just called an mentioned I have an inquiry about an MTA-owned parcel in the South Bronx. It's Block 2443 Lot 18 on East 150th Street between Grand Concourse and Anthony J. Griffin Place sits behind some neighborhood businesses whose owners are concerned about the safety of the space, being that it's a dark patch of the block at night and the trash that is thrown into it attracts it animals. CC'd on this email is Lamine Sylla, who might have reached out to you before, who runs a catering business connected to the small parking lot behind this lot. Mr. Sylla approached 596 Acres, the community land access advocacy organization I work for, asking if there's a way they can either beautify it as a park space or turn it into more well-lit parking, perhaps even in conjunction with the DOT lot that resides next to it. Can you share any info about the lot and if this could be a possibility? Our organization has worked with MTA in the past to help neighbors establish leases through local nonprofit organizations.

Thanks so much!

Best,
Mary Elizabeth Prall
Organizer | 596 Acres' NYC Community Land Access Project
596 Acres, Inc.
540 President Street, 2E
Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 11215
718-316-6092 x 3
mary@596acres.org

June 24, 2015, 3:02 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mary Elizabeth Prall mary@596acres.org
Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 4:46 PM
Subject: Inquiry: Block 2443 Lot 18
To: jcoyne@mtahq.org
Cc: 596 Acres organizers@596acres.org

Hi John,

I have an inquiry about an MTA-owned parcel in the South Bronx. Block 2443 Lot 18 on East 150th Street between Grand Concourse and Anthony J. Griffin Place sits behind some neighborhood businesses whose owners are concerned about the safety of the space, being that it's a dark patch of the block at night and the trash that is thrown into it attracts it animals. Neighbors have approached 596 Acres asking if there's a way they can either beautify it as a park space or turn it into more well-lit parking, perhaps even in conjunction with the DOT lot that resides next to it. Can you share any info about the lot and if this could be a possibility?

Best,
Mary Elizabeth Prall
Organizer | 596 Acres' NYC Community Land Access Project
596 Acres, Inc.
540 President Street, 2E
Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 11215
718-316-6092 x 3
mary@596acres.org

June 8, 2015, 3:39 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

At the Bronx Community Board 4 Parks Meeting on Monday night I met Lamine Sylla who has been trying to figure out the ownership of this space so that he can get it turned into a nice space for people to hang out it! He runs the catering company in the basement of the building in front of it.