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La Casita Verde

Information about this lot

Known Use: community green space
Address: 451 BEDFORD AVENUE, Brooklyn, 11211
Area: 0.12 acres (5200 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 2147, lot 1
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 33 represented by Stephen T. Levin
Community District Brooklyn 1 ( / 718-389-0009 ), district manager: Gerald A. Esposito
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

We posted this lot because:

  • The lot is being used as a community green space.
  • Neighbors got access to it with the help of 596 Acres.
  • 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 Parks and Recreation (public)
Contact: GreenThumb Deputy Director Carlos Martinez ((212) 602-5329 /

Urban Renewal

This lot is part of the Williamsburg II urban renewal plan.


This land is being stewarded by the following group:

News feed

Dec. 29, 2015, 9:41 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Thanks to amazing organizing by gardeners and supporters, this community space was taken off the list of potential development sites and TRANSFERRED TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TODAY!

Feb. 4, 2015, 10:39 a.m.
someone posted
Here's what your garden looks like on the Panorama of the City of New York! It's there until February 8 at 6pm. Come by and see!
Jan. 24, 2015, 9:27 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We've put a green indicator on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum representing your space! It's part of our intervention, Reviewing Renewal, which transforms the panorama into an exhibit about the past, present and future of neighborhoods under New York's urban renewal statute. Your site is planned open space under the currently active Southside Urban Renewal Area Plan.

Exhibit details:

Come tomorrow at 2:30pm when we focus on the South Side or any time before Feb 8 to see your flag!

Jan. 16, 2015, 5:34 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 a rental housing program: 15-30 units of housing going to people making less than 165% of the Area Median Income (AMI); this means rents in these units could be more than $3,000. per month for a family of four.

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.

Sept. 30, 2014, 11:19 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Hey land stewards in district 33!

Your council member, Steve Levin, will be saying nice things about your spaces at our event on Thursday evening. Please let me know if you'd like me to add you or other members of your group to the guest list. It would be great to see lots of your faces in the room. Here's what Steve has agreed to speak about:

We'd love to have him attend and would really love to have him talk about the vacant-lot reclamations in his district: Java Street Community Garden, 61 Franklin Street Community Garden, the Vinegar Hill Community Garden, La Casita Verde, Myrtle Village Green, A Small Green Patch and the new GreenSpace on 4th Avenue. We'd love to feature Mr. Levin talking about the value of communities having space to determine their own programming and draw resources to themselves as part of our event. We know that groups who newly have access to space with our help and support have raised over $150,000 for building and programming these spaces in the last year.

If you send me photos, we'll project those too!

Event info is here:

Aug. 13, 2014, 11:23 a.m.
Paula Z. Segal said

A little history - the Williamsburg II Urban Renewal plan designated these 2 lots for future use as a park. The plan was adopted in 1984, giving the City expanded eminent domain power in this neighborhood, and remains active today.

This is a strong argument for a long term multi-use space at this site!

Jan. 29, 2014, 12:09 p.m.
Javier Enriquez said

How did the meeting on December 14th, 2013 go?

Nov. 28, 2013, 9:39 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

This group has access! Mark your calendar for the next meeting on Saturday Dec. 14th with a time to be decided!

Nov. 21, 2013, 10:35 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Get in touch with Miguel at Nuyorican Artisan Workshop --!

Nov. 18, 2013, 10:13 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

At our general meeting on Saturday, we heard from a group of neighbors who, with help from the El Puente Greenlight District staff, have just gotten a license to transform this awesome central lot into a garden!


Data--> information --> action --> change in the world!

June 3, 2013, 10:45 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

How did it go?

May 31, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Keegan said

Hey all,

A few of us are going to canvass outside this lot on Sunday from 2-6pm. Join us and help chat up your neighbors! Contact us at


May 28, 2013, 3:26 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

2016 is so far away that there is no way that financing for any construction project is secure yet. (It's also exactly what folks at 100 Quincy were initially told; that lot was transferred to Parks and is now a garden under the Parks Dept jurisdiction:

May 28, 2013, 12:20 p.m.
Keegan said

Scouted the lot and talked to a few people who live in the adjoining building last night. The slope of the land is surprisingly steep. We'll need a lot of fill. The neighbors I actually spoke with were supportive, but they all doubted the receptiveness of the rest of the community, and all noted that it would have a lot to do with how we dressed...Ben S and I plan to do some canvassing out front in the coming weeks. We'll keep this list posted.

May 28, 2013, 12:09 p.m.
Ben said

Just heard back from Mr Alvarez, who tells me that development on this lot is scheduled for 2016. Seems like it may be a good candidate for an interim lease.

May 24, 2013, 1:22 p.m.
Ben said

I just left a message for Project Manager Luis Alvarez about this lot; will report back here what I find out.

Oct. 8, 2012, 11:08 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Come meet your neighbors and other organizers this Saturday at the 596 Acres Workshops & Organizing Session at Pa'lante Juntos!, this year's El Puente Green Light District Summit:

Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At Family Day with the Green Light District (Espiritu Tierra Community Garden, S. 2nd St. between Roebling and Driggs). When you come, introduce yourself as organizing here!

More details:

Aug. 10, 2012, 5:37 p.m.
Anusha Venkataraman said

Hello everyone,
El Puente's Green Light District will be hosting a community meeting next Thursday, 8/16, to strategize around this lot and others in the Southside! Please RSVP to, or via phone at 347 532-2809. Hope to see you there, bring your ideas, strategies, and resources!

Location: Espiritu Tierra Community Garden, S. 2nd St. (between Roebling and Driggs)
Time: 6:30pm
Host: Anusha Venkataraman, Acting Director of the Green Light District

March 1, 2012, 10:11 p.m.
Oksana said

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