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
The history of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust starts with former NYC Mayor Giuliani who in 1999 planned to auction 112 community gardens. For years before the auction, hundreds of community gardeners had organized, demonstrated and filed lawsuits to save their gardens from development.
With an auction looming, then Attorney General Eliot Spitzer joined the gardeners lawsuit and stopped the auction. In 2002, Mayor Bloomberg signed a deal negotiated with General Eliot Spitzer and The Trust for Public Land (TPL), to pay $3 million to save 69 gardens as permanent open spaces. TPL invested in physical improvements such as fences, tool sheds and sidewalks to make the gardens safer and more inviting. TPL then organized local land trusts to take care of the gardens.
In 2004 the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (BQLT) was incorporated to manage and eventually own gardens in Brooklyn and Queens saved from the auction. BQLT is a not-for-profit, tax- exempt organization. BQLT is a membership organization with a unique structure where the gardens are the members and garden representatives act on behalf of their gardens in an official capacity either on the BQLT board or as voting members. Votes are cast at the annual meeting.
This land is being stewarded by the following group:
1100 Bergen Street Community Garden in Crown Heights was founded by neighbors cleaning up vacant lots on their block in 1980s; in 1989, the lots comprising the garden were purchased by the Trust for Public Land and transferred to the 1100 Bergen Street Block Association.
596 Acres worked with the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust to pay off the debt and protect the property. The Block Association and the Trust had to raise the past-due amount.
Here is the press release we published when we finally saved it: http://596acres.org/garden-oasis-1100-bergen-street-block-community-garden-now-protected-in-perpetuity/