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Brooklyn block 1686, lot 48

Information about this lot

Address: 358 MALCOLM X BOULEVARD, Brooklyn, 11233
Area: 0.03 acres (1500 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 1686, lot 48
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.

Urban Renewal

This lot is part of the Central Brooklyn urban renewal plan.

News feed

March 13, 2018, 3:31 p.m.
Stephanie @ 596 Acres said

I hope this email finds you in good spirits!

596 Acres is hosting an event this Sunday in your neighborhood, and we'd love for you to join us:

What: Community Land Access Advocacy Sign Making with 596 Acres

When: THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 18 from 12pm to 3pm

Where: Bushwick's Earth Arts Center (936 Madison Street at Broadway)

Why: With signs, we can connect with our neighbors about the possibilities for transforming the vacant land in our lives, share the hidden City policies that are influencing places on the ground, and shape the city that we share.

Details: Folks of all ages and kids welcome. No stairs to get into the space. Light refreshments will be served. Spanish interpretation available.



Sending warm wishes. Hope to see you there!

Dec. 30, 2017, 12:16 a.m.
mara at 596 acres said

There are no records that this lot has been transferred for $1 to a private owner, and no building plans filed.

That said, people living near a vacant public lot that's also part of this New Infill Home Ownership Program (NIHOP) (this one: shared that workers showed up yesterday and started prepping the land for construction. There were no records that that land had been transferred to a private owner there either, nor any Department of Building plans filed, but the workers said it had been transferred to a private owner. This could be happening here too, so we just wanted to give a heads up.

Now is a great time to plan for this lot's future! Contact us for support at or (718) 316-6092

Nov. 26, 2017, 1:32 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Shadel connected with Lin at HPD last month by phone., and was told that possibly the lot will be developed by the end of next year. Since that's a long time away and vague, it's a great time to strengthen your plans for a community space here! Let's have a planning meeting! When is everyone available?

Oct. 12, 2017, 3:09 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

alison and shadel are ready to pick up the campaign to transform this lot into a community garden!

first, let's get an update about if this lot is heading down the NIHOP development pipeline from Lin at HPD (Contact: Lin Zeng, Deputy Director (212.863.5327)).

for important context, here's how NIHOP happened for another lot in the neighborhood, at 633 Madison (

the lot was sold for $1 to a developer. the developer built a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with a 2 bedroom, 1 bath rental unit. soon the developer will sell it for approximately $625,083. a household of three that has an annual income between $78,036 and $111,670 would be qualified to buy it. the median household income for all households in brooklyn community district 3, where both lots are is, is $36,535. that means this house can be sold to household that make over twice as much as most people living in the neighborhood now make, at least. the entire pricing sheet for 633 madison ave is posted its lot page:

keeping this lot out of nihop will allow it to potentially serve the needs of its current neighbors and the public for the long haul as a community garden or other place stewarded by and for residents!

Nov. 12, 2016, 10:08 p.m.
Paula at 596 acres said

The city put up a new chain link fence here. It could use some new signs! But it means that the city has invested money in improving this as an open space.

Oct. 10, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Movement said

This is fantastic news! I would love to be involved in creating a space
where movement can be explored as well!

Oct. 8, 2016, 10:33 p.m.
Mara at 596 Acres posted
I posted a fresh sign!
I posted a fresh sign! Attention passers-by: it's SPACE garden time
Sept. 10, 2016, 5:22 p.m.
Shadel Preddy uploaded
Support Letter from SPACE
Sept. 10, 2016, 2:15 p.m.
Mara (596 Acres) said

TODAY! Meeting at 3pm at Covert Coffee, 3 Covert Street at Broadway in Brooklyn, to work on Shadel's proposal for the Poetry Garden. We are writing it into being! Neighbors, come add your vision!

June 7, 2016, 6:09 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Last night, Shadel and the rest of the garden poets made an announcement in front of Brooklyn Community Board 3's general meeting. As a follow up, we are approaching the executive committee to ask for a letter of support for transferring the lot to NYC Parks. Below is the letter I just sent to Mr. Marion Little, chair of the CB3 Parks Committee, at his suggestion:

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres"
Subject: To add to Executive Committee Agenda for June 15: Community Board 3's support for transferring Brooklyn block 1686, lot 48 from HPD to NYC Parks
Date: June 7, 2016 at 6:06:34 PM GMT-4
Cc: 596 Acres, Shadel Preddy

Mr. Little,

I am writing to ask you to add the discussion of a letter of support for the transfer of Brooklyn block 1686, lot 48 (a 20-foot wide lot at 358 MALCOLM X BOULEVARD, Brooklyn, 11233) from HPD to NYC Parks. HPD currently has this property listed as part of the New Infill Homeownership Program.

This program is inviting developers to build housing in District 3 that is affordable to "workforce" earners: people who earn 60-120% of the median area (AMI). The average income in Community District 3 where this property is is 48% of AMI (numbers based on 2014 data, see This means that while an average family of three in the community district earns $39,168 per year, families who will be allowed to purchase units developed on free land provided to the government will be earning up to $97,920 (more than double what average people in living in Bed Stuy make). At best, this lot can have five units of housing built by a private developer; more likely, it will be only two.

There is a better use of this land: the poetry garden you heard a little about last night. Community Board 3 can help make poetry and flowers a part of its legacy in 2016.

Brooklyn block 1686, lot 48 is not in the development pipeline now. There have been no building plans filed and there is no public notice of disposition. Like the garden lots in the district that were originally included on the HPD RFQ list (, it can be transferred away from HPD jurisdiction to another agency that can facilitate the transformation of this precious piece of public land into a true public asset. This lot is on the same list and via the NYC Parks GreenThumb program, it can become just that.

I urge you and the other members of the Community Board 3 Executive Committee to take action as soon as possible to write a letter in support of this transfer to NYC Parks. It is a threshold requirement for Parks to be able to consider and make the request. The local organizers, some of whom you met last night, are standing by with the remaining pieces of the GreenThumb application and over 150 signatures from local residents in support of a new garden to replace this long-vacant lot.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions in advance of June 15. We will plan to be in attendance at the Executive Committee meeting in anticipation of having this item on the agenda.

In solidarity,

Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Executive Director
Director of Policy & Advocacy

June 4, 2016, 1:36 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

We met today to get Shadel ready to present on Monday at the Community Board 3 General Meeting (the last of the summer). Here is what she is going to say:

Hi my name is Shadel Preddy. I live at 513 Chauncey Street. My family has been in Bed Stuy since before World War two. My grandmother lived on Chauncey Street back then and paid 75 cents in rent.

I am here with my friends today to share our vision to change a piece of public land that has been vacant for almost as long as I have been alive. It’s on Malcolm X and Chauncy.

I am passing around a current photo of the lot. It’s only 20 feet wide and collects trash in front of it. We cleaned up the sidewalk edge last weekend by gathering the litter. Now we would like your support to turn this into a space that will add to the art and culture of brooklyn. We would like start a garden driven by poetry to add to the cultural rennaisance. We want to plant flowers and name them after Poets Born In Brooklyn, in the BRONX and in New York State. Eventually we want to offer Free Yoga and meditation classes led by volunteer instructors. But first we need to have permission to make this revolution. I am asking to have this future garden added to the next Parks Committee Meeting agenda so we can formally ask for the Community Board’s support to have the lot transferred to the Parks Department. I also want to invite anyone here to sign our petition in support of this transformation if you like what you’re hearing. We are a group of ____ and we already have ___ signatures. Come see us over here if you want to get involved.


You can watch her practicing here:

June 4, 2016, 1:35 p.m.
paula at 596 acres posted
Photo of the lot for Monday's Community Board Meeting
Photo of the lot for Monday's Community Board Meeting
May 31, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Mara at 596 Acres said

Shadel and neighbors will present a short version of their plan for this space at Brooklyn Community Board 3's general meeting on Monday, June 6, 7pm at 1360 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Join them!

May 28, 2016, 11:09 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres posted
Sign announcing today's strategy meeting
Sign announcing today's strategy meeting
May 28, 2016, 9:16 a.m.
Paula said

We're meeting in front of the lot at 11am to plan next steps. See you soon!

May 3, 2016, 3:08 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

We just got a note from Shadel and sent the directions below:

Here is something you can do immediately: get your neighbors to sign a petition in support of a garden! I added a file you can print and use to the lot’s page:

& here are your next steps:

Put together a proposal for the a garden on this lot. You will need:

(1) a name
(2) a written statement of your vision
(3) a sketch of how you think the land would be used

Get neighbors to support this proposal and sign up to become volunteer garden stewards in the future; you will need at least 10 neighbors to sign up as future volunteers; it would be great to also have 100 supporter signatures to show your community board.

Present, together with your neighbors, to the Community Board for their support; you will be asking them for a letter addressed to the Parks Department requesting they take jurisdiction of this lot. Contact your community board to get on the agenda for an upcoming meeting: / 718-622-6601. If you’re emailing copy me.

Present your proposal package, with the letter from the Community Board, to GreenThumb.

Let us know how we can support you!

March 28, 2016, 6:36 p.m.
Paula posted
July 17, 2015, 5:17 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

The last two emails I sent Caitlin!

From: Mary Elizabeth Prall
Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: Organizing Malcomx Lot
To: Movement Creative
Cc: 596 Acres

Hi Caitlin!

Have you thought about whether you might contact the Department of Cultural Affairs or consider working with neighbors for a park-like space? Let me know if you want to have a phone chat for any of this to be clarified!

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 |


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On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 4:28 PM, Mary Elizabeth Prall wrote:

Hi Caitlin,

Great to hear from you! Can you add a note about your interest to the lot's page? You click the "note" button near the bottom.

Did you see the note on the lot's page near the bottom? This lot is included on a list of sites offered to developers within a small homes program that the City agency Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) put out. We won't know until sometime this summer whether or not this lot is selected. Seems crazy to me considering how tiny this lot really is! So all of this is to say, I wouldn't be discouraged. If you think you're ready to rally neighbors and earn lots of community support for this space, I'd be happy to help guide you the best I can.

Also, right now, HPD is no longer issuing interim use licenses. So to access a space neighbors must advocate for a property transfer to another agency. Is there a chance you want to include gardening of some type in this space? Neighbors advocating for a transfer of a property from HPD to the Parks Department (to become permanent open space) is fairly common. If not, do you have any relationship with the Department of Cultural Services?  They might be interested in supporting you/ taking on the property into their inventory to make your vision a reality, a la BAM's bike park.
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 |
June 4, 2015, 1:52 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

I would love to find a way to help organize this lot. I run a company that teaches Parkour/natural movement in schools around the city, as well as builds temporary/pop up playgrounds around the city. I would love to see perhaps an intergenerational playground erected in the space, even if just temporarily.

Let me know how I can lend my hand

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Jan. 16, 2015, 4:01 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.

Nov. 18, 2014, 3:39 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

GreenThumb is being slow about responding this inquiry, but I feel confident that neighbors can get together to organize around this space. The lot is quite small (about 1,500 sq feet) and the zoning would only allow for 4 units to be constructed on it, so I think it's unlikely a developer would go for it.

I spoke to Frances, another neighbor, on the phone today and spoke about the items that are needed to apply to GreenThumb:

  • a mission statement

  • letters of support from local organizations, churches, schools

  • a birds eye view drawing of the space

  • at least 10 members

  • it's also helpful to have signatures of neighbors who simply 'support' the project

  • use all of the things above to convince the community board to also issue a letter of support, which is a final essential task needed!

Nov. 5, 2014, 3:09 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Neighbors Shadel and Francis are planning to have a phone meeting within the next week to talk about their dream garden plans. Shadel is still trying to get a hold of GreenThumb to inquire about whether Housing Preservation and Development would be willing to lend this space out to the community. To get looped in email or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.

Aug. 7, 2014, 11:07 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

We labeled this lot yesterday! Right now it's being used to film a movie in, but after that...who knows!

Aug. 6, 2014, 4:22 p.m.
someone posted
Today this is a movie shoot (temporary) but it could be something more permanent with a little community organizing!
March 12, 2012, 11:35 p.m.
Oksana said

This lot is owned by HPD. Visit to view any open Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the lot.