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I just emailed again Bridget Anderson, Dep Comm for Recycling and Sustainability at Sanitation for a meeting about Warsoff Place garage. She had offered to meet with Composting Committee of the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Committee in December. She will appear on March 6th at the BSWAB so I hope to bring this up yet again. The garage is set to start construction in 2018. We had hoped to include a biodigester and roof top farm in the design.
Recently Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability at the Department of Sanitation expressed interest in speaking with the Compost Committee of the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board. We had proposed building a roof top farm and composting facility at a new Sanitation garage. While she indicated that this didn't seem likely for the garage in question, she did say the idea had merit and might work at some other location. Send us some positive energy and let's see what happens.
The Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board next meets on Monday January 9th at 6:30 at Brooklyn Boro Hall.
At this meeting the Composting Committee will present a proposal requesting a mandatory set aside of organics for composting in each community board in Brooklyn. Come and bring a friend!
I asked Lacey for a timeline as a follow up to her hopeful message below.
From: "Tauber, Lacey" LTauber@council.nyc.gov
Date: October 6, 2016 at 2:45:37 PM EDT
To: "'Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres'" firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: Greg Todd
Subject: RE: Construction of Sanitation Garage at 48 Warsoff Place
Sorry for the delay getting back to you. It took me a while to get an answer on this, but now I have one! The physical design of the garage facility previously underwent public review through the ULURP process and was already approved. However, because of the time delay, the existing approved design must be modified to incorporate new requirements under the revised New York City Building Code inclusive of LEED certifications and Value Engineering requirements. So, the plan isn’t going back through ULURP, but there will be some modifications made within the existing scope.
I think that the best way forward would be for you to draft a formal letter to the Commissioner requesting that the rooftop farm and any other sustainability interventions you are interested in be considered for integration into the site as part of the LEED/building code updates for the site.
I hope that is helpful!
Debbie Sheintoch at the Department of Sanitation is considering this site for a composting facility!
From Greg Todd:
"On April 29th, myself and about five other community composters presented testimony at a New York City Council hearing on private carting sponsored by Antonio Reynoso, chair of the Sanitation Committee. Calling ourselves Network Association of Local Composters, Recyclers and Carters, we recommended that the City establish a goal of diverting up to 20 percent of its waste stream to community based operations. This would enable much of the post consumer resources to be processed right in the communities that generated them. This would create jobs for local residents and provide compost and other resources for the community. If you’d like to know more about how your garden could become a community composting center available to receive locally generated organics, please contact Greg Todd at email@example.com."
This site on Warsoff was suggested as an example as a site that would work for community composting.
Even though this space is currently being used as bus parking and a carnival under a short-term lease with the City through the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the community has not given up. The testimony below was delivered by Gregory Todd at the March 24, 2015 Department of Sanitation budget hearing:
Submission for Sanitation Budget Hearing
New York City Council
Sanitation Committee, Hon. Antonio Reynoso, Chair
250 Broadway NY NY
March 25, 2015
Submitted by Gregory Todd
Member, Community Board 8 Brooklyn
Member, Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board
Facilitator, Imani Garden 1680 Pacific Street
Thank you Council Member Reynoso for the opportunity to speak today on a topic of considerable interest to me personally and many in the gardening community of New York. I must say however that my remarks today are mine alone and do not represent those of any of the community groups on which are serve.
The Sanitation Department currently has administrative jurisdiction over a number of publicly owned lots in Brooklyn and elsewhere in New York City. One of those lots is 48 Warsoff Place. This particular lot, over an acre in size, was seized by the City through the process of eminent domain in 1996. The stated intention of the seizure was to build a sanitation garage for the local community which lacked such a facility. The construction of the garage had the strong support of the local community.
Now, almost 20 years later, no garage has been built on this site. In 2013 a group of gardeners headed by Marissa Provenza and Oliver Lamb noticed this lot on a list of vacant city-owned land prepared by 596 Acres, a local non-profit. This discovery led to a series of discussions with the local Council Member and community board, Board #3, which lead to nothing. In particular, the community board refused to even consider allowing gardeners to develop a garden on the lot, citing their continued belief that the Sanitation Department was about to build the long awaited garage. We were separately advised by persons with knowledge of the Sanitation budget and its priorities that it was extremely unlikely that the department would be building a garage in the foreseeable future.
Amidst all of this discussion, unbeknownst to anyone, the Department of City-wide Administrative Services (DCAS) leased the lot for use as a bus parking facility to service an adjacent community.
This represents but one example, albeit an egregious one, of a failure by the City to thoroughly consider uses of publicly owned land that might benefit the community. A group of gardeners and composters are searching throughout the city for a site like the Warsoff site on which to develop a community based composting and gardening facility. The continued refusal of the City and the Department of Sanitation to take a serious look at our proposal is both frustrating and discouraging. At a time when all city owned land is under pressure for housing development and when 17 existing gardens owned by the city are among those properties being threatened, we can only ask: is a parking lot really the highest and best use of 48 Warsoff?
If the Council Member or other concerned parties would like to discuss our proposal for 48 Warsoff, I can be reached at 718-496-5139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just an FYI -
Community Board 3's Parks and Land Use 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:
Hey folks, did you see this story about the site
Apparently, while city agencies and officials played with us, they transferred it to a political powerful group. WTF!
I just sent this note and the attachments described.
We spoke in June about the possibility of a community-driven interim use for 48 Warsoff Place, Brooklyn Block 1718, Lot 15 and I am writing now to place a proposal in your hands.
Attached, please find a letter from Warsoff Wilds, the community group that has formed locally specifically for the purpose of activating this space. It represents many local institutions and individuals. In the attached proposal packet, you will find specific use-plans for the space. You will also find letters of support from elected officials. Particularly, Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, whose district this is in, is extremely supportive of the project as well and today sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio's office about it. That letter is also attached.
Please let me know if I can answer any questions you have. It would be fantastic to have permission for the project for the coming growing season secured in time for spring.
TOMORROW, Feb 13th at 6:30 pm the group organizing around the lot at 1187 Fulton Street is presenting in front of the CB 3 Parks, Art & Culture Committee. (This is weather pending, watch CB 3's Facebook page for updates.)
1368 Fulton Street, 5th Floor
Maybe folks from this group should head to the meeting - not necessary to crash it, but to observe 1187 Futon's experience and maybe get a chance to talk to someone from the board who can help!
On Jan 24, 2014, at 1:47 PM, "Edward G. Baker" email@example.com wrote:
Sorry I haven’t reached out, but we have been working on finding the right person to speak to. Although the Commissioner hasn’t changed the point people in the Mayor’s office have and we are waiting till everything fall in to place. Just wanted to let you know that we have not forgotten about you.
Hope you’re staying warm.
Edward G. Baker, II
Director of Communications
Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol
619 Lorimer Street | Brooklyn, NY 11211
W: (718) 383-7474
F: (718) 383-1576
Attention! There may be a more efficient way to should approach CB3. This information is thanks to a local resident who's been attending several cb meetings! We hope this is a sign that the process is becoming streamlined:
Fill out the packet provided by Parks, Arts & Culture. Include your own proposal including any other information that you think would be relevant (letters of support, plans, photographs etc).
Email or deliver the packet and other material to Mr. Butler or the Parks, Arts & Culture Committee. Ask to be put on the agenda for the next meeting
Present at the Parks Arts and Culture Committee Meeting! (The Housing and Land Use Committee may now possibly be an internal step.)
Check out this awesome update from a group formed around this lot. They are advocating for access and learning so much along the way!
What a wonderful world!
2013 was full of discovery for us and this new year only promises more adventure.
Greetings & Happy 2014! We are Warsoff Wilds, a developing organization around a vacant lot with over an acre of land at 48 Warsoff, near the corner of Nostrand & Flushing. We have a shared vision for a site showcasing urban sustainable practices with a focus on Composting, Permaculture, Arts & Education.
We are especially thankful to Paula Segal & 596 Acres for introducing us to the lot in our life: Block 1718 Lot 15 and opening our eyes to a greener and more accessible New York City. We can't help but fall more madly in love with the place. Who knew so much green goodness was happening in the city and right under our noses? Mmm smells good ;)
We've learned if you follow a good recipe and process, Compost really can smell good (or at least be self-contained)! All of that raw stuff cooking itself into a heap of dense nutrients ready to replenish the earth and preparing it for more growth and harvest...it's truly a magical process and we want more!
In June, Mayor Bloomberg announced an initiative to make composting mandatory for all of NYC by 2016. We want to play a role in easing this big transition. The Department of Sanitation actually owns the lot so this could shape up to be a beautiful partnership accomplishing mutual goals.
Currently New York City's food scraps are collected mostly at various Green Market locations by GrowNYC and then processed at composting centers. We would like to thank Earth Matters, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Redhook Community Farm - Added Value andVokashi for showing us their sites and sharing skills, methods, recipes and introducing us to the composting world. We look forward to learning, volunteering and collaborating more in the New Year!
Passion sparks action and the conversation is hot! With help from 596 Acres we have begun to engage with the local government, having shared enthusiasm with City Councilman Steve Levin, his partner Lisa Bloodgood, Assemblyman Lentol and Henry Butler and Tremaine Wright of Community Board 3 who are eager to see projects like ours and similar realized for a greener, more community-oriented Brooklyn. We are most thankful for their support.
With over an acre of land the site and our proposal has space for so much more beyond composting and we are particularly excited to include an educational initiative. We hope to model our programs after such creative and engaging examples as both Earth Matters andBattery Urban Farm. The Ethical Community Charter School is the first of local schools to partner with us in the hopes of including the site in their science curriculum and even designing an after-school program. Check out our friends Michael McCasland & The Kings County Tennis League who are up to amazing things in the community. Thanks for talking youth programming and potential for future collaboration.
Congratulations to North Brooklyn Farms for their efforts in starting and developing Havemeyer Park - if you haven't been yet, GO! It's awesome- complete with a farm, bike park, a lawn for movie screenings, yoga, music and more in Williamsburg. Thanks Ryan Watson for showing us what it's like to become a pop-up park. We hope to learn and share more in the future!
The best part of our journey has been canvassing and connecting with our neighbors: Gabriella Scott of NYCHA Gardening & Greening Program says she's been gardening at Marcy Houses for years and craves more space & sunlight! After attending the annual Hassidic Family Fair on location at the site, we were pleased to discover their desire for more local family and community youth involvement.
One of our highlight moments of inspiration was experiencing our love of music collide with our new found appreciation for local government and passion for community organizing when Letitia James (former Council member and Sanitation Committee Chair and now Public Advocate- hooray!) spoke at the AFRO PUNK FEST: seeing one of our favorite bands, LIVING COLOUR, perform live brought tears to our eyes, especially with the shared message ringing more loudly, clearly and deeply than ever before:
You've got to fight
For your neighborhood
You've got to fight
For your neighbor
And while we don't exactly believe in fighting, we do believe in working, especially for the neighborhood and especially through artistic and agricultural expression.
Living Colour is awesome.
Bedstuy & Planet Earth are awesome.
SO ARE YOU.
Now we need to gather more communal support to secure licensing rights for the land and get digging! Come join in on the fun. Collaborative Communal action feels so good!
HELP US GET THE WORD OUT.
We will be canvassing at the G train Myrtle-Wiloughby & Flushing stops on the mornings of Feb 10th, 17th and 24th (approx. 7-10) and the evenings of Feb 14th, 21st and 28th (approx. 6-9). Send us a line if you want to help out or come stop at the table and say hi! FREE HOT BEVERAGES :)
WARSOFF WILDS GENERAL MEETING: SATURDAY MARCH 1st, the lot at 48 Warsoff
Email us ---> WARSOFFWILDS@GMAIL.COM
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS,
We wish you well,
See you soon,
Can anyone go to the Community Board meeting tonight? See below.
From: Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2013 9:37 AM
To: Butler, Henry
Cc: 596Acres Public Land
Subject: No response yet -- Agenda items for the next Housing / Land Use Committee Meeting
The land use committee has not yet responded to this message from me or the individual requests that groups have been making for the last several weeks to get projects on the committee's agenda. I am not sure what to do. Can you help?
From: "Butler, Henry" email@example.com
Subject: RE: No response yet -- Agenda items for the next Housing / Land Use Committee Meeting
Date: November 4, 2013 9:54:11 AM EST
To: "Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres" firstname.lastname@example.org
Have them come to the board meeting tonight and I can introduce them to the co-chairs of the committee. Meeting is at Restoration Plaza 1368 Fulton street (Brooklyn & New York ave.) 7pm in the lower level.
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres" email@example.com
Subject: Agenda items for the next Housing / Land Use Committee Meeting
Date: October 31, 2013 4:39:25 PM EDT
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, "email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: "email@example.com Butler" firstname.lastname@example.org, 596Acres Public Land email@example.com
Ms. Williams & Ms. Pinn,
I am writing to touch base about three different community-driven open space projects in CB3's catchment area that hope to present to your committee for an endorsement at an upcoming meeting.
1187 Fulton Street (block 2000 lot 43) is a small HPD property that is too small to develop and has been pre-approved for a transfer to Parks as a protected permanent open space. There is an engaged, diverse community ready to take advantage of this opportunity. You can see more about the lot here: http://596acres.org/en/lot/3020000043/
652 Dekalb (block 1779, lot 24), next to the pool, is an HPD lot that is large enough for housing development to be built on eventually. The group organizing there seeks to create a short-term interim garden resource. They are working with a couple of local institutions, including the library and senior center on the same block. HPD's Director of Planning Charlie Marcus says he would be happy to consider an interim use space because housing development on that site will not be ready to go until at least 2016. 596 Acres recently facilitated the use of a similar space in CB2 (A Small Green Patch on Bergen between 3rd and 4th); the garden has been an incredible boon to the community for the last two years and will be making way for housing development that has been approved in early 2014. You can see more about the lot here: http://596acres.org/en/lot/3017790024/
48 Warsoff (block 1718, lot 15), is a giant lot owned by the Department of Sanitation, between Nostrand, Warsoff, Park and Flushing. It is the future site of a Sanitation facility and the group is proposing to create an interim space that focuses on recovery of organic waste that creates soil for local food production. This project will hopefully lead to an engaged collaboration with Sanitation that will lead to their investment in a greener Bed Stuy. You can see more about the lot here: http://596acres.org/en/lot/3017180015/
My understanding is that there is a meeting on November 13 - please let us know ASAP which projects will be considered so that the groups can prepare their presentations. Please let me know if there is anything else that we can do to help get these projects on the agenda or if you have questions about any of these proposals!
Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Legal Director, 596 Acres' NYC Community Land Access Project
596 Acres, Inc.
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10004
718-316-6092 x 3
State Assembly Member for this area Joseph Lentol just submitted a really emphatic letter of support for this lot:
Mr. Daniel Klein
Director, Office of Real Estate NYC Department of Sanitation 125 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
Dear Mr. Klein:
I am writing you today in support of the Warsoff Wilds project proposed by 596 Acres – a local organization that leads the way in reclaiming public land for community use. This project is slated for a city owned property located at 48 Warsoff Street, Brooklyn (Block 1718, Lot 15), which is currently severely underutilized.
The potential this site has to serve the community in various ways pertaining to the environment are endless. Much research and design has already gone into the implementation of a community garden, composting project, recycling center, and rainwater collection system at this site. Yet, the benefits this project could provide the community only begin at education. It also can serve as an open space, in a neighborhood that struggles to preserve green space for the communities use and benefit.
The sustainable nature of this project and the various positive undertakings that could serve the community if the Warsoff Wilds plan was executed would be exponential. I urge the NYC Department of Sanitation to seriously consider providing this land to Warsoff Wilds.
If you have any questions please feel free to call me or my staff member Edward Baker at (718) 383-7474.
Letters of Support are coming in and we're looking to submit our proposal in the next week or so!
Please join us if you haven't already by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warsoff-Wilds/142118482655343
Stay tuned! See you around the neighborhood.
xx Marissa on behalf of WARSOFF WILDS
We have a room booked from 3:30-4:30pm
The Info Commons, first floor, back center.
@ the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Hope to see you there!
A few of us will be there from (2pm) onward if you have to catch us earlier.
Neil: 917-488-9139 & Marissa: 727-504-3948
If you can't make this meeting, there will be another one soon.
We'll be sure to keep you in the loop.
Proposal being finalized and letters of support being gathered. Do you know any local org that would be psyched to see this lot turned into a community resource? Get in touch: email@example.com
Next meeting: Sunday July 14 - get in touch for the location.
Yes meeting is located at Myrtle Village Green Community Garden on Myrtle Ave btwn Franklin and Kent... see you soon!!
Based on the few responses that I've received I'm going to go ahead and set the meeting for this Sunday at 2pm!! Please spread the word and bring along any one in the community who is interested :D
Looks like Saturday or Sunday afternoon is best so far! Let's pick a day and time soon. Looking forward to meeting everyone.
Not sure if the meeting date/time has already been determined, but if not, would you mind passing the Doodle along to me as well (firstname.lastname@example.org)? I'd really like to get involved!
Rose, could you please send me the link to the doodle page? Just added my name and email address to the list of organizers. Thank you!
If you haven't already, please respond to the doodle invitation with your availability. It seems that Saturday and Sunday are best thus far so I'll finalize the time by Thursday evening. Hopefully after receiving more input.I can't wait to see the ball start rolling!!
Who is ready to see this space become something beautiful, productive, and/or community oriented?! Come voice your ideas and help to develop a strategy for transformation, starting with a proposal for the space!!! Let's figure out what time is best for everyone :D I sent out a doodle (this cool new scheduling tool that I was introduced to) to everyone with their email on the lot page. If we have a chance we should hang a sign on the fence as well!!
I just spoke with Dan Klein at Sanitation. He says that the agency's longterm plans for the site are still to build a Sanitation garage to service this neighborhood but since that project still has no timeline, an interim use project -- a garden and local organics composting site, for example -- would be compatible.
He did not make any promises but said that if we email him a proposal (email@example.com) he will pass it on to his supervisors. He also strongly suggested that the proposal should focus on a project for this year or even just this season in order to be considered.
We've got a fresh little wave of folks ready to reinvigorate the organization for the potential of this plot. Planning to meet some time this week. I've started researching and brainstorming and have some friends with some farming experience who are eager to participate.
I passed by this lot today after it was flagged in the latest 596 newsletter. It does have a lot of potential!
Is anyone still active in organizing around this space - hard to tell from the entries here? Would love to know what has been explored so far and where thing are now. Live 5 mins away, have some ideas and experience with urban gardens & farming, permaculture, composting and the like.
Reply here or firstname.lastname@example.org
We're meeting with the NYCHA Tenants' Association at Marcy Houses in the next week and getting our proposal together for a closed loop food-waste --> food! --> food-waste site, with a community space and an education program and a CSA (with free shares for volunteer workers on the site). Get in touch or watch this site for up dates!
Heard back from Den Klein yesterday. He said the sooner we get him something in writing, the sooner he can discuss it with his supervisor -and the more the detail better- so let's get on it!
Good meeting with Feedback Farms crew Tuesday evening. We discussed ways their model might fit into the site and next steps for reaching out to the community.
We're getting a bunch of folks and opportunities lined up for this lot. Meeting tomorrow, June 19, at 8pm, to discuss preliminaries. Email email@example.com for the address!
Want to see this empty acre and a half lot turned into a community resource? A park? A playground? A compost facility? A farm? It's completely possible but will only happen if neighbors get involved. The team that has been investigating possibilities here is meeting next Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30pm next to the lot on the Warsoff side (between Park and Flushing) to talk about next steps. Become a part of your city and come out for this conversation.
Check out these photos of the future-to-be: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.349934955042943.67744.212988388737601&type=3
i would like to turn this land into an educational garden for my middle school science students and a source of healthy food for neighborhood residents. i haven't yet contacted the department of sanitation about it, but i'll update this note as soon as i do. i want to hear from others who are interested in this lot as well.