Information about this lot
Why is this lot here?
We posted this lot because:
- The lot is being used as a community garden.
- The lot was imported from GrowNYC's community gardens database
This land is being stewarded by the following group:
Thanks to concentrated effort by the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, and Council Member Richie Torres, the Garden of Youth was removed from the 2017 tax lien sale list (again!).
We are working together to clear up the paperwork so that the garden is not subject to this risk annually.
The transfer of the garden property to the Coalition was approved in 1992 by NYC Housing Preservation and Development “under the condition that the site be used as a garden and play area.”
See the agreement here: https://a836-acris.nyc.gov/DS/DocumentSearch/DocumentImageView?doc_id=FT_2390000837939
Thanks to your advocacy, the Department of Finance took the Garden of Youth out of the Tax Lien Sale this May and out of the final "subsequent" sale in July.
The decades-old garden is now out-of-reach of speculative investors. There is still a huge debt owed to the City for all the years that the Non-Profit organization that owns the land should have been under a tax exemption but was billed anyways (and for a sidewalk repair the City billed them for).
We were heard.
Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Jiha are paying attention. The Department of Finance Taxpayer Advocate's Office is listening. The lack of data about how many Not-for-Profit-owned properties are improperly sent property tax bills and then dispossessed via the tax lien sale is appalling, but it is a problem that we, together have made visible.
Congratulations! You can visit the Garden of Youth at East 182nd and Prospect Avenue in the Bronx, http://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/2030970033/. You can also stop by the market to buy fresh produce from it and four other community farms every Tuesday 8 am to 2 pm, July 12 -November 15, 2016, at Tremont Park on Tremont Avenue Ave between LaFontaine and Arthur Avenues (EBT, WIC Coupons, FMNP Coupons and Health Bucks accepted).
Stay tuned for another update soon that will ask you to take action to ensure that Not-for-Profit-owned properties like the Garden of Youth never have their property tax bills sold to speculative investors.
This garden is part of http://www.lafamiliaverde.org/