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Java Street Garden

Information about this lot

Known Use: community green space
Address: JAVA STREET, Brooklyn, 11222
Area: 0.06 acres (2758 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 2539, lot 29
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 33 represented by Stephen T. Levin
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 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 / Carlos.Martinez@parks.nyc.gov)

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

javastgarden@gmail.com

Our mission is to establish a garden and public space for the larger Greenpoint area and for the enrichment of those participating in the community’s development.

Through our collective efforts and with the cooperation of local organizations, we aim to develop this space as a living laboratory for participants who wish to gain design and gardening experience and to contribute to their community.

News feed

Dec. 29, 2015, 9:51 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!

March 12, 2015, 3:21 p.m.
nicole posted
daffodils sprout at java st garden!
daffodils sprout at java st garden! bulbs planted last fall from new yorkers for parks are starting to grow at the garden. spring is on its way!
Sept. 30, 2014, 11:17 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: 596acres.org/en/news/2014/08/07/596-acres-fall-benefit-mapping-matters/

Sept. 29, 2014, 5:11 p.m.
someone posted
Height of the 2013 growing season.
March 7, 2013, 9:01 a.m.
Patrina said

Is there a meeting for the garden tonight--3/7/13? Where and what time?

Thank you,

Patrina

Oct. 23, 2012, 4:02 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Got this note today from the Java Street folks:
We have 200 daffodil bulbs we'll be planting this Sunday; please join us to lend a hand or just come by for a visit! If you have access to a trowel, please bring it; we have a few on hand but not enough for everyone to dig in.
When
Sun Oct 28 1pm – 5pm

June 6, 2012, 10:22 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Java Street Gets the Green Light -- In The Words of Stella, who's been with the collaborative since the start

July 19, 2013

This is a repost from the Java Street Garden Collaborative blog. We originally posted it on March 2, 2012.

After a brief presentation at last week's CB1 meeting in front of the Parks & Waterfront Committee, given by Stella Goodall and supported by some terrific graphics and presentation materials created by Rena Mande, Amanda Rekemeyer and Phil Grimaldi of DSGN AGNC, we have pretty much been given the green light to temporarily take up residence at 59 Java Street in Greenpoint.

We were joined at the meeting by fellow group members Susan Marie Kosor and Manuel Zuniga; also in attendance was our advocate from Green Thumb, Roland Chouloute.  The main concern in discussion was the temporal nature of this particular lot which has apparently already been RFP'd (Request for Proposal) by the North Brooklyn Development Corporation for affordable housing; it seems the hold-up has been funding and which could be long- or short-term in coming.  We had the opportunity at last Thursday's meeting to meet Rich Mazur, Executive Director of NBDC, who says he would support our efforts as a temporary garden project.  He also suggested that, as we have had such an overwhelming response from potential volunteers, that we might also take a look at his Dupont Street community garden for overflow involvement.

In the past, groups have been granted "temporary" access to vacant public land only to be asked some time later to vacate under very similar circumstances.  Once groups get entrenched and gain the support and attachment of the surrounding neighborhood, it can be very hard for everyone involved to simply move on.  We already knew we'd be up against this and rather than try to dig our heels in against the inevitable decided to embrace it, giving birth to the vision of a "roving garden group".

Ours is not the only vacant lot in this predicament of having laid in waste for years waiting for something to happen and in the meanwhile becoming a blight on the surrounding area, collecting trash, overgrown weeds and generally bringing down the quality of life to that particular block.  Our vision is to create a template for creating a productive active space for all in a short amount of time and then being able to easily and quickly move on to the next such project when the time comes.

We are past the halfway mark in our fundraising campaign going with ioby.org and we encourage you to consider giving, however small an amount, and to share it to help us meet our goal ...so we can effectively break ground and get going this spring!


May 29, 2012, 9:52 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

REMINDER: Now that we have 4 groups that have gotten official access to their lots in the 596 Acres network, we are thinking about how to make our online tools useful for the next stage of local organizing. As members of one of these groups -- this means useful for you! How can we add features to our website that let you better use the 596 Acres network to improve your work? Come tell us!

We are hosting a conversation on Thursday, May 31 at 5:30pm at The Commons (388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn). We'll provide some snacks and post it notes. We really want to hear from you! Please RSVP to tell us you can make it. Also please share this invitation with your group -- we'd love to hear from everyone from leaders to casual volunteers!

May 17, 2012, 2:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

http://javastreetgarden.tumblr.com/

May 15, 2012, 4:25 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Now that we have 4 groups that have gotten official access to their lots in the 596 Acres network, we are thinking about how to make our online tools useful for the next stage of local organizing. As members of one of these groups -- this means useful for you! How can we add features to our website that let you better use the 596 Acres network to improve your work? Come tell us!

We are hosting a conversation on Thursday, May 31 at 5:30pm at The Commons (388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn). We'll provide some snacks and post it notes. We really want to hear from you! Please RSVP to tell us you can make it.

March 31, 2012, 12:07 p.m.
someone posted
some of our members in front of 59 Java St
March 31, 2012, 12:04 p.m.
Stella said

Our first work day is postponed until tomorrow, Sun from noon to 4pm and let's hope for some sun!

March 27, 2012, 3:12 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Java Street Garden Collaborative First Clean Up Day! Saturday, March 31, noon-4

March 2, 2012, 5:34 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Here is the full story: http://596acres.org/news/2012/03/02/java-street-gets-green-light-words-stella-whos-bee/

March 1, 2012, 9:57 p.m.
Oksana said

This lot is owned by HPD. Visit http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/my_community.jsp to view any open Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the lot.

March 1, 2012, 8:34 p.m.
Java St Garden Collaborative said

On Feb 23 we presented to the Parks & Waterfront Committee at CB1 Brooklyn and our proposal was accepted, pending a licensing agreement from HPD for temporary gardening in the lot at 59 Java St; we will be registering as a garden group with Green Thumb and expect to break ground this spring

Jan. 3, 2012, 6:36 p.m.
Stella said

We are currently still awaiting a hearing date in front of CB1, possibly for Jan 24, to be announced

Nov. 9, 2011, 10:26 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

596 Acres garden group in Green point has a blog and is tentatively scheduled to present the 59 Java Street Garden Project to the Parks and Waterfront subcommittee of Community Board 1 on November 16th at 6:30pm at 435 Graham Avenue (at Frost Street). Plan to be there! Check the blog for updates!

http://javastgarden.blogspot.com/