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Moffat Street Garden

Information about this lot

Known Use: community garden
Address: 9 MOFFAT STREET, Brooklyn, 11207
Area: 0.04 acres (1667 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 3438, lot 63
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 37 represented by Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.
Community District Brooklyn 4 ( bk04@cb.nyc.gov / 718-628-8400 ), district manager: Celestina Leon
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)

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

Moffat Street Garden

News feed

March 13, 2018, 3:33 p.m.
Stephanie @ 596 Acres said

I hope this email finds you in good spirits!

596 Acres is hosting an event this Sunday in your neighborhood, and we'd love for you to join us:

What: Community Land Access Advocacy Sign Making with 596 Acres

When: THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 18 from 12pm to 3pm

Where: Bushwick's Earth Arts Center (936 Madison Street at Broadway)

Why: With signs, we can connect with our neighbors about the possibilities for transforming the vacant land in our lives, share the hidden City policies that are influencing places on the ground, and shape the city that we share.

Details: Folks of all ages and kids welcome. No stairs to get into the space. Light refreshments will be served. Spanish interpretation available.

MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE: http://596acres.org/events/signs-at-earth-arts/.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/219223541977472/

Sending warm wishes. Hope to see you there!

April 28, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Jessica! i hope you'll get this! Contact Lillian at NYC Parks GreenThumb and ask her to connect you:

Lillian Reyes, Brooklyn CB 4, Queens CB 1 – CB 12 Senior Outreach Coordinator
(212) 602-5307
Lillian.Reyes@parks.nyc.gov

April 20, 2017, 9:53 p.m.
Jessica said

Hello! Is there contact info for the organizers of Moffat Street Garden? Thank you

May 23, 2016, 9 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

We got a note on Friday from the NYC Parks GreenThumb program: this lot was just transferred to the NYC Parks jurisdiction for permanent preservation as a community garden.

April 25, 2016, 11:39 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Amazing news: this Wednesday in 22 Moffat Street at 7:30pm there will be a follow up meeting for residents on Moffat Street to become acquainted with one another and begin the community garden registration process. The meeting is being facilitated by staff from the Office of Council Member Espinal. If you have any questions about this space, please contact Celeste Leon at (718) 642-8664 or cleon@council.nyc.gov.

Jan. 23, 2016, 7:13 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

We had a great meeting with Council Member Espinal and Celeste Leon in his office a few weeks ago. The City-owned lot is an easy community access project, but youth from BK Rot would love more space to grow. The Council Member is going to try to secure permission from the owners of the property next door (the large lot on the corner).

Here is the follow up message from Celeste:

From: "Leon, Celeste" CLeon@council.nyc.gov

Hi Paula,

Glad we were able to check in about the gardens.

[...]

In regards to the Moffat Street lots, I am still in the process of retrieving the contact information for the Holmes’ family. I have asked for help from the members of the Moffat Street Block Association between Bushwick Ave and Evergreen Ave. I should have more information soon.

[...]

I will keep you posted as I receive news. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!

Best,
Celeste

Celestina Leon
Constituent Services Manager
Office of Council Member Rafael Espinal
37th District – King’s County

Dec. 15, 2015, 11:20 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

From Celeste Leon at Council Member Espinal's office:

The Council Member would like to meet with whoever is involved with the farm proposal for the lot on the corner of Moffat Street and Broadway. To schedule a meeting, the project leader should contact our scheduler, Maria Matos, at maria.matos@council.nyc.gov.

Dec. 11, 2015, 3:25 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Celeste Leon from Council Member Espinal's office is committed to helping do outreach to the neighbors of this property for the transformation of 9 Moffat into a community garden in the Parks inventory. They are happy to send mailers and facilitate introductions.

Nov. 22, 2015, 2:03 p.m.
Sandy said

BK ROT youth came to lot today and is going to put together a proposal to present to the community. If interested, email bkrots@gmail.com

Nov. 20, 2015, 10:04 a.m.
meredith said

We just got an email from Isak from the Parks Dept stating the following:

If you are aware of a group or contacts interested in the space please have them reach out to me. I would need a letter of support from the community board and organizers with a minimum of 10 members. I would then need to present these materials to some Parks officials for approval.

Reach out to him and we can start organizing! Yay!

Isak Mendes, Isak.Mendes@parks.nyc.gov
GreenThumb
Brooklyn/ Queens Outreach Coordinator
T 212.602.5314
C 917.583.8475

June 17, 2015, 8:44 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Community Board 4 voted NOT to recommend approval of this site going through ULURP to be ready for auction to private bidders. The CB recommends that the City retain the land for use as a public resource!

June 17, 2015, 6:44 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

At tonight's Community Board 4 meeting, DCAS made clear that the City has no plans for this property and is slowly preparing to auction it.

Before the auction happens, the Parks Department (and other other Departments) will have an opportunity to request that that the lot be transferred to them INSTEAD. If the community is organized and creates a garden here this lot could still be public space for the forseeable future.

Time to get organized with neighbors! We can keep this land OUR LAND by actually making a plan to use it and starting to dig in!

May 27, 2015, 7:18 p.m.
paula uploaded
The City is getting this lot ready to auction ! Last night, the Land Use Committee of Community Board 4 heard from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) about a Uniform Land Use Review application that includes this lot. DCAS is seeking permission to sell this property at auction at some future time to the highest bidder. No auction is scheduled now. We're not sure that selling precious public land to the highest bidder is the best use of our scarce public land. We'd like to see public land reserved for non-profits, community-based organizations and community-serving purposes. Do you agree? Let Council Member Espinal know that you are concerned about the ULURP application and would like to see this land preserved for future community-based development, or transferred to the Parks Department for use as a protected community garden space. Love, 596 Acres