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Greene Garden

Information about this lot

Known Use: community garden
Address: 2 SOUTH PORTLAND AVE, Brooklyn, 11217
Area: 0.09 acres (3923 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 2099, lot 43
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 35 represented by Laurie A. Cumbo
Community District Brooklyn 2 ( cb2k@nyc.rr.com / 718-596-5410 ), district manager: Robert Perris
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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

Owner

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (private)
Contact: BQLT (718 963 7020 / info@bqlt.org)

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.

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

Greene Garden

News feed

Aug. 23, 2016, 9:33 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Contact: BQLT (718 963 7020 / info@bqlt.org)
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.

Aug. 23, 2016, 9:12 a.m.
Celestine said

Does anyone know how to get in touch with Greene Garden? I'd like to help. Thanks!