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Hooper Park

Information about this lot

Known Use: community garden
Address: 375 South 5th Street, Brooklyn, 11211
Area: 0.05 acres (2341 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 245, lot 28
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 34 represented by Antonio Reynoso
Community District Brooklyn 1 ( bk01@cb.nyc.gov / 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 garden.
  • 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 / Carlos.Martinez@parks.nyc.gov)

Urban Renewal

This lot is part of the Southside urban renewal plan. It was planned as open space.

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

Hooper Park
hooperstreetpark@gmail.com

News feed

Sept. 12, 2017, 6:41 p.m.
Tiffany said

Hi Gardeners, we are having a garden meeting this Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM at Rough Draft, 402 Hooper St (at S 1st Street). Please join us!

July 11, 2017, 1:39 p.m.
Tiffany posted
Plantraiser Event this Saturday 7/15 !!
Plantraiser Event this Saturday 7/15 !! Please join us this Saturday for our first public event of the summer: the Hooper Grove PLANTRAISER! Raising plants, materials, and funds for your local community garden (Recolectando plantas, materiales y fondos para su jardín comunitario) Located at Hooper St. and South 5th St. (Ubicado a Hooper St. y South 5th St.) Saturday, July 15, 2017 (Sábado, 15 de julio) Games, Food, Drinks, Family Activities, & Raffle! (¡Juegos, Comida, Bebidas, Actividades y Rifa!) 11-3 pm, PLANTRAISER 6-8 pm, BBQ sponsored by (patrocinado por) Wholesome Cuts - Suggested Donations (Donaciones Sugeridas) - Native Plants: Vines, shrubs, Ferns, Grasses, Herbaceous - Building & Gardening Tools *Cash or PayPal donations also accepted* Bring a plant for a chance to win some amazing prizes from local businesses. You don't want to miss out! A special thanks to our Event Sponsors: (Un agradecimiento especial a nuestros patrocinadores de eventos:) - Wholesome Cuts - Grand Opening - City Co-Pilot - Home Union - Zero Waste Daniel - Brooklyn Speed - Rough Draft - Brooklyn Cupcake Also, find our Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/251941155305417/ Bring friends and family! Love, Hooper Grove
May 18, 2017, 10:29 a.m.
Tiffany posted
5/21 Vertical Garden Demonstration
5/21 Vertical Garden Demonstration Come join us this Sunday May 21 at 11 AM: We are hosting GreenThumb's Vertical Garden Demonstration. They will be showing folks from around the city how to turn old pallets into vertical gardens using landscape fabric and native plants. Everyone is welcome to come join! We need some volunteers to meet us at 10:15 AM to help get supplies from a nearby apartment building if you are able to help. It would also be nice to do a quick clean up before folks arrive to see our space! When we're done, we might also get to do some planting & seed bomb making. Come help us make a day of it!
May 18, 2017, 10:28 a.m.
Tiffany posted
5/21 Vertical Garden Demonstration - Spanish
5/21 Vertical Garden Demonstration - Spanish Come join us this Sunday May 21 at 11 AM: We are hosting GreenThumb's Vertical Garden Demonstration. They will be showing folks from around the city how to turn old pallets into vertical gardens using landscape fabric and native plants. Everyone is welcome to come join! We need some volunteers to meet us at 10:15 AM to help get supplies from a nearby apartment building if you are able to help. It would also be nice to do a quick clean up before folks arrive to see our space! When we're done, we might also get to do some planting & seed bomb making. Come help us make a day of it!
April 21, 2017, 7:39 p.m.
Tiffany posted
Sunday Garden Layout Party Sunday April 23
Sunday Garden Layout Party Sunday April 23 Hello Gardeners, We're having a Sunday Garden Layout Party on April 23! Starts at noon. Robert will have supplies for making the layout - including copies of our design, brightly colored string, stakes and some field paint to help us mark things out. He'll also have some tape measures and paper to record what we come up with. - Bring snacks / drinks - Located at Hooper St. & South 5th See you there! :)
Jan. 5, 2017, 8:12 p.m.
Tiffany posted
Community Potluck!
Community Potluck! Dearest gardeners, join us this Sunday evening for our community potluck!!! Please email tiffanyfrances.ny@gmail.com and let me know what dish you're bringing.
Dec. 2, 2016, noon
Tiffany said

Join us tomorrow at the garden, Saturday December 3rd, 10am - 1pm, we're looking for volunteers to:


  • Clean up the lot

  • Roll out and hammer down the garden fabric

  • Spread out the wood chips

Hope to see you there!!!

Nov. 22, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
Tiffany posted
Meeting 12/1
Meeting 12/1 We have a big visioning session coming up Thursday 12/1. Please join us!
Nov. 18, 2016, 3:56 p.m.
Mara at 596 Acres said

Just got this email!

**Tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 19 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, please join us to plant bulbs, build picnic tables and do a light clean up! We will have tools, gloves and garbage bags, so you just have to come prepared to get into the dirt!

Looking forward to seeing you,

Gardeners of Hooper Street**

Oct. 17, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
Tiffany said

A planning meeting this Wednesday!

The Gardeners of Hooper Street Park invite you to our
Los Jardineros de Hooper Street Park lo invitan a la

Public Visioning Session for the new Community Garden
Reunión de Planificación Pública para el nuevo Jardín Comunitario

This Wednesday/Miercoles, 10/19, 6:30 PM
Nuestros Niños
384 S 4 St
Between/Entre Hooper & Hewes St

Co-Sponsored by/Co-auspiciado por:
El Puente Green Light | Nuestros Niños | 596 Acres

Sept. 7, 2016, 5:10 p.m.
Tiffany posted
Community Meeting - Next Monday! 9/12
Community Meeting - Next Monday! 9/12 We have a big community visioning meeting coming! Next week. Monday, September 12, 7:30 PM Nuestros Niños 384 South 4th Street Between Hooper and Hewes Street All are invited! Hope to see you folks there!
Sept. 7, 2016, 5:09 p.m.
Tiffany posted
Community Meeting - Next Monday! 9/12
Community Meeting - Next Monday! 9/12 We have a big community visioning meeting coming! Next week. Monday, September 12, 7:30 PM Nuestros Niños 384 South 4th Street Between Hooper and Hewes Street All are invited! Hope to see you folks there!
Aug. 27, 2016, 11:32 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres posted
Note from Miguel: WEPA, totaly Awesome well done and all in a timely manner using all the available resources. I always say no need to reinvent the wheel if it already exists and works just fine. Life in NYC is always a game of chess one only need apply ones self to the mission and have patience and all the pieces will eventually fall into place. This deserves a well deserved congratulations to all involved parties seen and unseen that applied pressure in every way to get this done before the fall season in helping move this project forward towards the final envisioning meeting coming up in September. Much Love and Peace to all involved see you a in September. Keep it Green and Clean Miguel A. Hernandez (347) 231-7216 mikman69@gmail.com
July 7, 2016, 6:10 p.m.
Tiffany said

Hey all, we have already gotten the all-clear from Parks for us to do light trash clean up, including weeding. We're on for a clean up on Sunday 7/10 at 11 AM! See you guys there!

June 20, 2016, 10:53 p.m.
Paula at 596 posted
An awesome banner!
An awesome banner! Thanks El Puente!
June 18, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres posted
All the trash we picked up from the sidewalks, tree beds and fence edge around the future Hooper Park!
All the trash we picked up from the sidewalks, tree beds and fence edge around the future Hooper Park!
June 16, 2016, 2 p.m.
Tiffany said

Ready to get this garden ready?

We are meeting this Saturday at 2pm to do a clean up of the lot and the tree plots. Bring gloves and trash bags.

We will also be painting and hanging up a banner to drum up more interest within the neighborhood.

At 2:30, someone is going to give us a presentation on soil.

INFO:
SATURDAY JUNE 18, 2016
2PM @ Hooper St Park Garden
375 South 5th St., Brooklyn NY 11211

contact: hooperstreetpark@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

June 15, 2016, 4:07 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres posted
This lot used to be a synagogue (photo, 1940)
This lot used to be a synagogue (photo, 1940)
June 15, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres posted
This lot used to be a synagogue (map, 1929)
This lot used to be a synagogue (map, 1929)
June 12, 2016, 12:53 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres posted
Great meeting today - see you next week!
Great meeting today - see you next week! We made a plan to meet next Saturday at 2pm here to make a banner in front of the lot and learn about soil science and safety.
June 5, 2016, 6:15 p.m.
Tiffany posted
FIRST MEETING!
FIRST MEETING! Please join us for our first official meeting as Hooper St. Park Garden. It's been a long time coming - 2 years in the 'admin' stage getting paperwork and approval from the city was a challenge in itself, and just recently we have officially been transferred to the jurisdiction of the NYC Parks Department! We have a lot to talk about, and want to get to know who is interested. Also, let's brainstorm ideas for making this community garden really happen! Please come! Meeting Info: Sunday 11:00 AM JUNE 12, 2016 @ BK Speed Coffee 308 Hooper St. (between S.5th St. and Broadway) Brooklyn NY 11211 contact: hooperstreetpark@gmail.com facebook.com/hoopergarden
June 5, 2016, 6:15 p.m.
Tiffany posted
FIRST MEETING!
FIRST MEETING! Please join us for our first official meeting as Hooper St. Park Garden. It's been a long time coming - 2 years in the 'admin' stage getting paperwork and approval from the city was a challenge in itself, and just recently we have officially been transferred to the jurisdiction of the NYC Parks Department! We have a lot to talk about, and want to get to know who is interested. Also, let's brainstorm ideas for making this community garden really happen! Please come! Meeting Info: Sunday 11:00 AM JUNE 12, 2016 @ BK Speed Coffee 308 Hooper St. (between S.5th St. and Broadway) Brooklyn NY 11211 contact: hooperstreetpark@gmail.com facebook.com/hoopergarden
May 20, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

This years-long campaign has paid off!

A NYC Parks Department GreenThumb program staff person just sent this note:

I write with the good news that vacant lot located 375 South 5th Street has been officially transferred to the jurisdiction of the NYC Parks Department. Now that the lot is under Parks jurisdiction we can now take steps to transform the lot into a community garden.

May 1, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

A note from the director of NYC Parks Department GreenThumb program, received today:

"This is moving along, and I’m hoping that internal due diligence will be completed in short order."

March 6, 2016, 6:19 p.m.
paula said

See you soon: today, 7-8:30 pm at St. Paul's, South 5th and Rodney!

March 3, 2016, 11:38 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

* HOOPER PARK PLANNING MEETING This Sunday, 3/6/16, 7-8:30 pm at St. Paul's, South 5th and Rodney. *

Feb. 22, 2016, 10:40 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Time to plan a (work) party:

From: "Goldberg, Arielle (HPD)" goldbear@hpd.nyc.gov
Subject: RE: HPD is ready to transfer Hooper Park to NYC Parks!!
Date: February 22, 2016 at 5:26:41 PM GMT-5

Hi Paula,

I am working with Parks on this and hopefully the transfer will be official within the next few weeks.

Arielle

Jan. 19, 2016, 6:54 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

GREAT NEWS FROM HPD!!

From: "Goldberg, Arielle (HPD)" goldbear@hpd.nyc.gov
Subject: RE: Checking in on 5 new garden applications
Date: January 19, 2016 at 6:34:14 PM GMT-5
To: "'Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres'" paula@596acres.org
Cc: "Martinez, Carlos (Parks)" Carlos.Martinez@parks.nyc.gov

Hi Paula,

Happy New Year to you as well!

[...] In terms of 375 South 5th Street, we have reviewed the site and would be happy to transfer it to Parks for use as a community garden.

Best regards,
Arielle

Jan. 1, 2016, 6:37 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

At an in-person meeting at City Hall on December 30, 2015, Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been committed to reviewing this application and considering transferring this property to the NYC Parks Department for stewardship by volunteers as a GreenThumb community garden.

She also announced that 34 gardens other gardens on HPD land were being transferred to NYC Parks. More details here: http://596acres.org/news/2015/12/29/gardens-being-transferring-to-nyc-parks/ (15 of the gardens just transferred to become permanent Parks' gardens had been offered for sale to developers for $1 early in 2015; a year of organizing paid off!)

Nov. 20, 2015, 8:45 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

The Mayor's office is talking to GreenThumb about getting this lot finally transferred to Parks. It seems like good news is just around the corner!

Oct. 26, 2015, 5:04 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

We just brought the garden application to the attention of this advocate:

Sarah Currie-Halpern | Senior Policy Advisor
NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability
253 Broadway - 7th floor | New York, NY 10007
O: 212-676-3067 | M: 646-265-2654
scurriehalpern@cityhall.nyc.gov

She is planning to help move this along. Drop her a note and thank her!

Oct. 6, 2015, 3:26 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

I brought this stalled GreenThumb application to the attention of GreenThumb director Nancy Kohn today. She confirmed that the surest route to a new community open space on this City-owned property would a transfer to the Parks Department.

Since the Urban Renewal Plan for the area already has this mapped as Open Space (just like the Keap Fourth garden was mapped), a transfer should be reasonable.

But it will only happen if Parks or the Council Member requests it.

You can do three things right now:

 

    1. call Brooklyn Borough Parklands to ask that they take jurisdiction of the lot for a new garden - Martin Maher, (718) 965-8917.

 

    1. call or email GreenThumb (the NYC Parks Department Community Gardening program) to ask that they request Brooklyn Borough Parklands take jurisdiction of the lot for a new garden :
      Nancy Kohn, Executive Director (until Oct 9), (212) 602-5301
      Nancy.Kohn@parks.nyc.gov
      Carlos Martinez, Deputy Director, (212) 602-5329
      Carlos.Martinez@parks.nyc.gov

 

    1. and call Council Member Antonio Reynoso's office to request that they also make the two calls above:
      District Office Address:
      244 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY 11211
      District Office Phone : 718-963-3141

 

Leave a note after you call!

July 29, 2015, 12:46 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Sarita from El Puente let me know that no one from the waiting lists for their gardens returned their calls.

If anyone wants to take charge of bugging elected officials and pushing the amazing application that everyone already put together, reach out to 596 Acres in September! We'll have a new organizer named Andrew who can help! Email: organizers@596acres.org.

July 7, 2015, 9 p.m.
santiago said

Cant be there i have farm school from 11 to 3 sorry.

July 6, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

A neighbor told me that the South 5 Street Block Association party is happening this Saturday July 11th. Might be a good chance to gather some support. Anyone interested?

June 11, 2015, 4:10 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
The final package that was sent to di Blasio! Sent to Bill de Blasio <bdeblasio@cityhall.nyc.gov> CC: Vicki Been, HPD Commissioner, beenv@hpd.nyc.gov Kicy Motley, Community Liaison for Brooklyn, Mayor's Office: kmotley@cityhall.nyc.gov Jonathan Viguers, Community Liaison for Brooklyn, Mayor's Office: JViguers@cityhall.nyc.gov 596 Acres: organizers@596acres.org
May 26, 2015, 12:25 p.m.
Miguel A. Hernandez Sr. said

Hello everyone as you all know my name is Miguel and I'm a certified BBG BUG that stsnds for "Brooklyn Urban Gardner" and a MC thst is a "Master Composter" well with that all out of the way I would like to extend my services and help to this wonderful and brave group in achieving your goals in Urban Gardening. Pleas feel free to call me at (347) 231-7216 leave your name and number and I will get back to you.

Keep it green and clean, Miguel

Oh and my email is, mikman69@gmail.com.

May 5, 2015, 11:34 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
Hooper Street Park Letter to di Blasio Hello neighbors! Raina has created a letter to send to Mayor di Blasio. I'm sharing it here. PLEASE LEAVE A NOTE OR SHOOT ME AN EMAIL (MARY@596ACRES.ORG) IF YOU WANT TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LETTER! (or have any other input.)
April 28, 2015, 3:40 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
The Design Layout of the Park by Tiffany!
April 28, 2015, 3:36 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
Letter of Support for Hooper Street Park from Awesome Bunnies
April 28, 2015, 3:35 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
Letter of Support for Hooper Street Park from Los Sures
April 28, 2015, 3:35 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
Letter of Support for Hooper Street Park from Nuestros Ninos
April 28, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
Letter of Support for Hooper Street Park from El Puente
April 28, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
Letter of Support for Hooper Street Park from St. Paul's Church
April 28, 2015, 3:31 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres uploaded
Letter of Support for Hooper Street Park from Community Board 1
April 9, 2015, 4:31 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Great, Santiago! Shoot Tiffany an email... she's listed as an organizer!

April 8, 2015, 1:20 p.m.
santiago said

I can give the support.

April 8, 2015, 1:02 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

This group could use some help from other interested neighbors to bulk up support to make this park a reality. If anyone wants to help by simply editing a letter to present to the community board that they can sign their name to, or if someone can take on the task of connecting with the council member's office to chat about work that has been done so far around this project, that would be great and much needed!

Still waiting to hear a response from Rasheed at GreenThumb...

March 27, 2015, 5:44 p.m.
Tiffany posted
Lovely New Signs
Lovely New Signs Thank you so much to Ivette Sosa for making signs for us to post on the fence. We're really hoping that people in our neighborhood will be more considerate to not throw their trash in this lot. Also hope to see some people tomorrow at our clean up :) Saturday March 28th! 11 am! At the lot! Bring any rakes, large trash bags you might have, plus some gloves and water if you'd like them for yourself! Contact tiffany at tiffanyfrances.ny@gmail.com if you have any questions.
March 19, 2015, 11:48 a.m.
Tiffany Frances said

Don't forget to 'like' our Facebook page for updates!

https://www.facebook.com/hoopergarden

March 18, 2015, 9:15 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

I reached out to Pastor Ben and the community board (to spread the word), and the council member's office to let them know about this event.

March 17, 2015, 1:25 p.m.
mary posted
AFTER! Thanks Raina!
March 17, 2015, 1:24 p.m.
mary posted
BEFORE neighbor Raina tidied up
March 17, 2015, 1:23 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Saturday March 28th!
11 am!
At the lot!

Bring any rakes you might have, plus some gloves and water if you'd like them for yourself!

March 12, 2015, 7:10 p.m.
santiago said

At what time

March 12, 2015, 12:20 p.m.
Tiffany Frances said

Hi all,

Trying to organize this lot's cleanup day on Saturday March 28, 2015.

If anyone needs to reach me, my info is:
tiffanyfrances.ny@gmail.com

March 4, 2015, 4:21 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

A recap of the meeting created by Tiffany, a neighbor who is part of the leadership of the garden-to-be:

Meeting at Pastor Ben’s Church
February 24, 2015 - 7pm
Leads: Mary, Robert, Tiffany, Pastor Ben, Santiago

Robert and Tiffany attended this meeting with Mary Prall from 596 Acres, Santiago Lopez from La Casita Verde, and Pastor Ben at his church.

Hold on HPD approval for gardens
-Waiting for results to come in
-Don’t get discourage if Rasheed says “no” to application

Clean-Up Day
-Start a clean-up day for Spring
-Possible dates: March 28 / April 11
-Materials: Gloves, water, boots, large construction garbage bags, garden tools
-Can ask sanitation to pick up trash after (schedule beforehand)
-Can ask other other gardens to loan us tools

Schedule a Community Meeting
-Next step: getting people involved & community brainstorm session
-Advertise a month in advance
-Facebook page announcement
-Email our list of people
-Post signs around neighborhood
-Approach: schools, church, other gardens, precinct (explorers), boy scouts, library

Feb. 26, 2015, 9:28 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Tuesday night's meeting was small in attendance but valuable! There's plans in the works for a clean up day and a community visioning session. Stay tuned!

Feb. 24, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

For the meeting tonight: enter via the door at 334 South 5th St. If it's locked, ring the door bell. Not sure what floor we'll be on but Pastor Ben who is hosting us will put out a sign!

Feb. 24, 2015, 11:43 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Reminder: TONIGHT, February 24th
at 7 pm at St. Paul's Church (334 South 5th Street between Keap and Rodney, just two blocks from the lot).

All are welcome!

Feb. 24, 2015, 11:41 a.m.
someone posted
Feb. 17, 2015, 12:20 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

We're holding a meeting next TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH at 7 pm at St. Paul's Church at 334 South 5th Street between Keap and Rodney (just two blocks from the lot). All are welcome!

I think this meeting would be a great opportunity to share the proposal that was submitted to GreenThumb and perhaps get ideas on how the governance of the garden should work.

Feb. 5, 2015, 12:51 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Tiffany submitted the application to GreenThumb electronically on February 3rd!

Stay tuned for an upcoming meeting! If anyone has days or times in the next few weeks that are good please leave a note here or email mary@596acres.org!

Nov. 13, 2014, 10:19 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

This group has collected letters of support from two local daycares, a nearby church, Los Sures and El Puente. Awesome!

Oct. 21, 2014, 1:37 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

The group got a letter of support from Brooklyn Community Board 1!!!!!

Sept. 23, 2014, 7:03 p.m.
someone posted
Sept. 22, 2014, 4:20 p.m.
santiago said

I called Ms Knox told her i will help her with the garden she told me that Lee Troutman has to call her back.

Sept. 21, 2014, 8:06 p.m.
Raina Trider said

This morning I wrote to Philip Caponigro at CB1 and asked if it was possible to resend the letter of support to Nancy Kohn, GreenThumb's new director.

Sept. 21, 2014, 7:27 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I stopped by today and talked to the folks who spend time in front of the lot. They have kids and would love to see it transformed. They told me Los Sures had been working on this is the past and promised to get in touch tomorrow.

This lot needs a sign - we'll get one over in the next week!

Sept. 20, 2014, 1:36 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Any news?

July 23, 2014, 9:54 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Last night I met with a few of the folks interested in moving this project forward. They went over what's needed to complete an application to GreenThumb:


  • They need to check in with the community board and see if they can get an official letter of support OR make sure the board delivered this letter directly to GreenThumb.

  • They're working on a mission statement and getting letters of support from local organizations.

  • They already have a drawing of the space and 10 garden members.

June 25, 2014, 2:15 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Any updates on the group submitting a proposal?

June 12, 2014, 11:24 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This lot was designated as Open Space in the Southside Urban Renewal Plan, created in 1992 and active until 2032. Let's make it so (only 22 years later, but still!).

See http://www.urbanreviewer.org/#map=17/40.7084/-73.9531&plan=Southside (it's a work in progress but it's coming together).

May 29, 2014, 10:32 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Since the group has the support of their CB, they're just in the process of putting together a proposal to submit to GreenThumb.

May 19, 2014, 9:58 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Any news here?

April 2, 2014, 4:21 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Hey, Hooper St Park Garden! Join us TOMORROW for a Citywide General Meeting to meet folks from other neighborhoods and boroughs! Groups with access to their spaces as well as those still working through the process will be present to share stories and best practices.

TOMORROW! Thursday, April 3rd
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
At our office in Build It Green! in Gowanus (69 Ninth Street, Brooklyn)

March 6, 2014, 10 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Last week Hooper Street Park Garden presented in front of Brooklyn Community Board 1's Parks and Waterfront Committee and received support! Next Tuesday, March 11th the neighbors will be presenting in front of the general board for final approval!

6:30 PM
Combined Public Hearing and Board Meeting
will be held at Swinging 60's Senior Center,
211 Ainslie Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211
(corner of Manhattan Avenue)

Feb. 25, 2014, 9:13 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

I received an email from Robert Atterbury: These neighbors are calling their space Hooper St. Park Garden. They had a small meeting late last year, and now Beverly Bryan will be going before the CB1 Parks Committee tomorrow to request their support. They are also partnering with Nuestros Ninos, a local day care provider.

Check out their FB Page here: https://www.facebook.com/hoopergarden

Sign up here to become a member: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oSm-R87Feh5Z8dW737TqvBWcN316yCRaqAQw3pW3ZQU/viewform

ALSO! The group is looking to be connected with a volunteer horticulturalist or landscape designer. If you know of one, you could email hooperstreetpark@gmail.com.

Feb. 19, 2014, 3:22 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Just wondering -- this seems like a great time to get ready for spring! Has there been a meeting?

May 24, 2013, 12:35 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

That seems like the right next step! Set a time/place and invite everyone!

May 24, 2013, 12:19 p.m.
Robert said

I would love to maybe meet with some people to discuss plans for this lot.

May 24, 2013, 11:27 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Any updates on organizing this lot to become a community space?

Oct. 8, 2012, 11:04 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:
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=696b604d1630492fe03dd00e4&id=9a46ffe5b4

Oct. 8, 2012, 6:49 p.m.
lexi s said

glad to hear there's a lot of interest in turning around this lot! i live a few blocks away and would be happy to pitch in some volunteer time to turn it around. i'll keep an eye out for any updates on this thread.

Aug. 13, 2012, 9:28 p.m.
Liz I. said

I have been living at 319 Hooper for just over a year and am so happy to see that so many other people are interested in this lot! I would love to get involved in anyway I can... lets get rid of the rats and make it a beautiful greenspace for all

Aug. 10, 2012, 5:24 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 greenlightdistrict@elpuente.us, 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

Aug. 9, 2012, 3:38 p.m.
Robert said

Everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been organizing the way I should. I've been working on a campaign and haven't had the time to get everyone together. I have a small list of people interested in the lot, if you set a time/location I will be happy to send it around. Otherwise, I have talked with one of the local landlords that would be happy to make a substantial donation towards the renovation of the lot. I've also spoken with the local assembly member who's staff would be happy to help us with the agencies.

Aug. 9, 2012, 3:31 p.m.
lizzie p said

I am available to meet any weekday after 6:00 pm or on the weekend. How about a meeting this month?

Aug. 6, 2012, 7:20 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

There's a lot of interested people here -- time for a meeting?

Aug. 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Lauren said

Hi there! I'm really interested in being a part of a collaborative to make this space useable. I've lived on Hoopeer Street for 12 years and am happy to see others wanting to work together to contribute to the area. How can I help?

Aug. 2, 2012, 12:39 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Time to call HPD to double-check the status of this lot; have a meeting at the site to see who's interested, then to approach Green Thumb.

TO APPROACH GREEN THUMB (greenthumbnyc.org), A GROUP NEEDS:


  • The names of 2 Primary gardeners + (at least) a list of ten volunteers (full contact info);

  • A letter from the Community Board in support of the project and group;

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

  • A letter of 596 Acres describing the community

 

Aug. 1, 2012, 8:21 a.m.
Ivette Sosa said

I am really interested in helping out. This is something new for me. WHat can I do?

July 31, 2012, 12:42 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Any updates?

July 10, 2012, 11:25 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

There are 6 people watching this lot (and another one watching the lot next to it)!

Neat! It would be great if everyone who knows anything about the city's or the community's plans for it would write a note. You don't have to reveal your name but a note is a great way to share information with the rest of the folks who are engaged here. When you write your note, everyone will get an email - just like you just got!

If you want to know more about this lot, you can call the city agency listed on the lot's page to ask them about it. Here are some tips for your phone call: http://596acres.org/en/resources/advocacy-resources/

June 12, 2012, 1:12 p.m.
Raina said

I live on S. 4th and call about rodents/trash often, too. Glad to be in contact with other concerned people! What are the next steps?

April 19, 2012, 10:54 a.m.
Robert said

I live next door, and have been looking to turn the lot into useable public space for a while (I also call and make the Dept of Sanitation come clean it every once and a while). I work with HPD and other City agencies on a regular basis, and I would love to be of assistance in any way possible to help turn this lot into public green space. I am looking for other people who may be interested in this to start a coalition to show our elected officials a constituency that is interested in their assistance.

April 19, 2012, 10:47 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

HPD's Jack Hammer says this lot is in the same situation as 59 Java Street (http://596acres.org/lot/3025390029/), the site of the Java Street Garden Collaborative (javastgarden.blogspot.com) and will be subject to a similar agreement.

You can read about the Java Street Process here: http://596acres.org/news/2012/03/02/java-street-gets-green-light-words-stella-whos-bee/

The folks working on Java Street and others will be able to support a new group that forms here with our accrued knowledge.