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Brownsville Student Farm

Information about this lot

Known Use: community garden
Address: 518 ROCKAWAY AVENUE, Brooklyn, 11212
Area: 0.06 acres (2500 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 3521, lot 73
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 41 represented by Alicka Ampry-Samuel
Community District Brooklyn 16 ( bk16@cb.nyc.gov / 718-385-0323 ), district manager: Viola D. Greene-Walker
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.
  • 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 Marcus Garvey urban renewal plan.

News feed

Dec. 29, 2015, 10:33 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!

Jan. 16, 2015, 5:17 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 http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdf/developers/NIHOPNCPRFQAddendum%201.pdf).

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): http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150116/morningside-heights/community-gardens-threatened-by-de-blasios-affordable-housing-plan

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.

July 10, 2012, 9:47 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This is a student farm!

http://studentfarmproject.com/

Feb. 24, 2012, 7:24 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.