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Brooklyn block 1651, lot 52

Information about this lot

Address: JEFFERSON AVENUE, Brooklyn, 11221
Area: 0.06 acres (2400 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 1651, lot 52
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 36 represented by Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
Community District Brooklyn 3 ( bk03@cb.nyc.gov / 718-622-6601 ), district manager: Henry Butler
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

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

Dec. 28, 2017, 1:56 p.m.
Monica said

Thank you for letting us know neighbor. It's a real shame and we are sad to see if go.

Dec. 28, 2017, 9:46 a.m.
A neighbor said

Workers are on site today and preparing the lot for a building. There are no records if it being sold or permits for the work from Department of Buildings, but the workers say it has been transferred to a private owner.

June 11, 2017, 5:24 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Use the political process to get the property transferred to the NYC Parks Department! Details about how to do that are here: https://livinglotsnyc.org/pathways/access-nyc-hpd-land/

The crux of it is that you will need:

A mission or vision statement that lists benefits to the community;

A letter from the local Community Board in support of the project and group (this information is found in the "Political Boundaries" section of the lot's page);

A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden;

List of community members interested in the project (at least 10 names, addresses, phone numbers, emails)

Sketch or rendering of project

List of partners/sponsors/endorsers (including churches, school, local business, city agencies, etc.)

You guys should put your materials together and try to get on the agenda at Community Board 3 to share your proposal. You will need to show that you have LOTS of community support for the transfer. You can use this petition form to do that: https://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Example_Petition_-_Sheet1_D9fswid.pdf (we think Addie left some filled in ones with Christopher when she moved, too).

And you should sign up to Organize here so that you will be in the loop as policy changes are made across the city or the borough that may provide opportunities to support your campaign: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/3016510052/

June 11, 2017, 5:23 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

It's great to see that you guys are transforming the lot, but you are doing it WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE CITY. It will be harder to get permission if you are seen as squatters who are disregarding the rules. If you would like city support, you need to use the political process to get this lot transferred to Parks.

You can also simply use it without support until the City assigns it to a program (which may be housing).

June 10, 2017, 11:32 a.m.
Isis McKenzie posted
Raised bed
Raised bed Supplies bought my me and another organizer. Need the city's support.
June 6, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Isis McKenzie posted
Replenishing my compost pile.
May 24, 2017, 11:35 a.m.
Isis McKenzie posted
Soil composition
Soil composition Making space for raises beds.
May 22, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
596 Acres Team said

A neighbor asked us if there is a way to "get a license to use the land and receive supplies to clear"

Here is our answer:

Use the political process to get the property transferred to the NYC Parks Department! Details about how to do that are here: https://livinglotsnyc.org/pathways/access-nyc-hpd-land/

The crux of it is that you will need:


  • A mission or vision statement that lists benefits to the community;

  • A letter from the local Community Board in support of the project and group (this information is found in the "Political Boundaries" section of the lot's page);

  • A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden;

  • List of community members interested in the project (at least 10 names, addresses, phone numbers, emails)

  • Sketch or rendering of project

  • List of partners/sponsors/endorsers (including churches, school, local business, city agencies, etc.)

You guys should put your materials together and try to get on the agenda at Community Board 3 to share your proposal. You will need to show that you have LOTS of community support for the transfer. You can use this petition form to do that: https://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Example_Petition_-_Sheet1_D9fswid.pdf (we think Addie left some filled in ones with Christopher when she moved, too).

And you should sign up to Organize here so that you will be in the loop as policy changes are made across the city or the borough that may provide opportunities to support your campaign: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/3016510052/

Onwards!

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May 16, 2017, 8:57 p.m.
Isis McKenzie posted
Compost pile.
Compost pile. Evening compost drop off.
May 15, 2017, 1:28 p.m.
Isis McKenzie posted
Weeds
Weeds
April 9, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Monica Hatcher posted
Monica Hatcher
Monica Hatcher Starting to clean up the lot for planning and planting. Let me know if you are keen to participate and we can organize a day for all of us to come together.
Sept. 10, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
Paula posted
Gorgeous banner!
Gorgeous banner!
Sept. 4, 2016, 9:31 a.m.
christopher said

I'm so grateful for these lovely plants growing in this lot. These pictures are from our windows. None of these were planted by us (intentionally).

Sept. 4, 2016, 9:28 a.m.
christopher posted
Buckeye or Catalpa?
Buckeye or Catalpa?
Sept. 4, 2016, 9:27 a.m.
christopher posted
Compost pile Squash
Compost pile Squash
Sept. 4, 2016, 9:26 a.m.
christopher posted
Fireweed, Morning Glories
Fireweed, Morning Glories
July 7, 2016, 10:19 p.m.
christopher posted
Albizia, Silk Tree
Albizia, Silk Tree Early July blossom.
July 7, 2016, 10:19 p.m.
christopher said

Lot clean up moment, July 16th, 8AM to 10AM.

The block association meeting is at 10AM so those who would like to do both could.

The goal is to continue uprooting the rag weed to reduce pollen and mosquito habitat. There is also a bit more cover crop we can broadcast, but that will be quick.

Please come and enjoy the Silk Tree Blossoms.

June 29, 2016, 7:45 p.m.
christopher posted
Pea and buckwheat
Pea and buckwheat Some peas spouted too.
June 29, 2016, 7:44 p.m.
christopher posted
Buckwheat
Buckwheat This small white flowering buckwheat is trying to be the tallest!
June 29, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
christopher posted
Sunnies
Sunnies These four made it.
June 15, 2016, 8:28 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Just checking in - how are things going?

March 29, 2016, 7:50 p.m.
Paula posted
New sign on the lot!
New sign on the lot! We had a great strategy meeting and put a new sign on the lot. Addy and Chris are going to continue gathering letters of support and signatures from neighbors. The goal is to have a core group meeting in about a month.
March 21, 2016, 8:26 p.m.
christopher said

Paula graciously agreed to meet me to talk about gardening in this lot and replace the "This Land is Your Land" sign which went missing after we picked up the trash last week. Monday, March 28th, around 6PM.

March 21, 2016, 8:20 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We'll meet at the lot to check in and refresh the signs on Monday March 28 at 615pm. Join us!

July 29, 2015, 10:59 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

DCAS told Addie that they wouldn't do that... but we know it's possible! I told her to keep calling DCAS and asking about it. Particularly,once HPD announces which of their small parcels will be developed on, if this space isn't included she should call HPD and DCAS about it!

June 15, 2015, 11:43 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Last time I chatted with Addie, it sounded like she was a bit busy managing some other tasks, but then she showed up to the 596 Acres general meeting on Friday - awesome! As a group, we chatted about how this site is included in the RFQ that HPD put out in January asking for developers to apply to build on small lots across the City. Paula, 596 Acres' director suggested that we wait and see if any developer is selected for this site (hopefully by this summer). If not, perhaps Addie can work with her elected officials to see if this property can be transferred out of HPD's inventory and in that of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). DCAS leases out their property to individuals, businesses, and nonprofits in general, but because Addie owns the building next door to the lot, there's the option for her to purchase it! This way, Addie could potentially transfer the lot into the hands of a land trust so that the property would remain a community space in perpetuity! (And that beautiful tree in front could be protected!)

What Addie can start to do now is call up DCAS and ask if they can possible start initiating the process now to request the property from HPD. Here's the site where some contact info for DCAS can be found: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/business/citywide_purchasing.shtml

May 7, 2015, 10:05 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Addie's got a petition going to gather support for this space! Reach out to her if you need to get your name on it!

Jan. 16, 2015, 4 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://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/NIHOP-NCP-RFQ.shtml).

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): 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.

Oct. 30, 2014, 5:05 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

GreenThumb told Eve that HPD is saying no to a community space here because they're looking to find a developer. I think that's crazy because this site is only 24 feet wide and situated between two buildings. I urged Eve to check back in with GreenThumb in a few months!

Oct. 28, 2014, 8:43 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Last week we labeled this lot AGAIN!

Oct. 14, 2014, 11:32 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Our contact at Housing Preservation and Development let me know that there are currently no development for this space! A neighbor named Eve is interested in starting a children's garden and playspace!

Contact me at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email mary@596acres.org to get involved!

June 5, 2014, 5:36 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

We re-labeled this lot today!

June 5, 2014, 5:36 p.m.
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July 19, 2012, 10:58 p.m.
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July 19, 2012, 10:57 p.m.
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July 19, 2012, 10:54 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We put a sign on this lot today!