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Brooklyn block 1589, lot 58

Information about this lot

Address: 821 WILLOUGHBY AVENUE, Brooklyn, 11206
Area: 0.06 acres (2500 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 1589, lot 58
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 36 represented by Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
Community District Brooklyn 3 ( / 718-622-6601 ), district manager: Henry Butler
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: Lin Zeng, Deputy Director (212.863.5327)

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.

News feed

March 2, 2016, 5:02 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Daniel and everyone!

It’s going to take a lot to get this lot moved from Housing Preservation and Development, which is under a lot of pressure from the Mayor to produce housing units at this point, to let this property go. They have stopped letting “interim” gardens happen.

Right now, the only way that this lot could become a community-managed space is if NYC Parks takes jurisdiction. This will take some serious organizing. Here is an example of a lot that was just transferred: (note that it took a really long time).

Take a look at the packet of materials here to see what a campaign like this might include:

A good first step is to get folks together to draw up a mission statement and a plan.
You can then to start getting letters of support from local organizations.
After that, you can approach City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. and Brooklyn Community Board 3 ( / 718-622-6601, district manager: Henry Butler) with a strong a package.

March 2, 2016, 9:41 a.m.
Danie said

Does anyone know if there is still interest to turn the space into a garden and/or if there has been any progress made since the last update? Feel free to email me

Jan. 16, 2015, 4:12 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

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 the "homeownership"' program:
1-4 unit homeownership OR
up to 14 unit coop program

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):

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.

Aug. 20, 2014, 11:49 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Does anyone want to hold a meeting? I've heard from a few interested neighbors! Are people free to meet in front of the lot on a Saturday early evening?

July 2, 2014, 2:22 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Yes, to confirm: Lin at HPD let me know that this is a part of the New Foundations program and slated to be developed in 2017, though there is not a developer in place. This might be a good place to pursue a temporary GreenThumb garden!

June 5, 2014, 5:43 p.m.
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June 5, 2014, 5:42 p.m.
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June 4, 2014, 4:41 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We believe this is the latest on the agency's plans for this lots:

On January 22, 2013, at 1:36p.m., Keri Kroboth said:
Hi everyone! I contacted HPD about this lot and good news! Looks like funding for the project slated is weak, so they are willing to give it over for a Green Thumb license! Is anyone still interested?

Seems like it's time to verify that this is still true and get the neighbors together!

May 14, 2014, 12:44 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Community Board 3's Parks Committee will be hosting a special forum on Tuesday, June 4th with GreenThumb! This is a great opportunity to speak directly with GreenThumb and CB3 - in the same room!!! Here's a link to the event:

April 16, 2014, 2:41 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Has anyone see anything new happen on this lot? If anyone is still interested in creating something you can reach out to me at or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.

Aug. 23, 2013, 10:24 a.m.
neha said

Just requested a lot cleaning through the department of sanitation. The lot is overgrown with weeds and there are many stray cats in the lot. It would be helpful if others could request a lot cleaning as well.
Here is the link to request the cleaning:

Aug. 13, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
someone posted
Request a lot cleaning?
July 8, 2013, 9:12 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Any update here?

Feb. 20, 2013, 11:31 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Folks at meeting this Sunday, Feb 24 at 1pm to put together a proposal for this lot. Email for details!

Jan. 25, 2013, 6:27 p.m.
Patrina said

Hi Keri,

I am.


Jan. 22, 2013, 1:36 p.m.
Keri Kroboth said

Hi everyone! I contacted HPD about this lot and good news! Looks like funding for the project slated is weak, so they are willing to give it over for a Green Thumb license! Is anyone still interested?

Jan. 6, 2013, 2:45 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I put some signs on this lot today (English & Spanish).

Jan. 2, 2013, 2:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Still no construction. Is it time to check in with HPD about the potential of this becoming a community space in time for spring 2013? We think so!

Oct. 23, 2012, 4 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Went by this lot today and it still looks the same. No construction. Though unfortunately our signs have disappeared in the rain.

Do you think it might be time to start over and get the community access to this piece of our public land in time for spring?

Aug. 6, 2012, 7:26 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

No recent Building Information System filings (

July 10, 2012, 10:54 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Any news?

April 20, 2012, 2:01 p.m.
someone posted
April 20, 2012, 1:59 p.m.
someone posted
Feb. 24, 2012, 5:12 p.m.
Oksana said

This lot is owned by HPD. Visit to check for any open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for this lot.