Information about this lot
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.
John Coyne is the MTA real estate fellow.
This land is being stewarded by the following group:
People who live in community of East New York Cityline please join us to beautify our neighborhood we can make our community look better and nicer.
Misba Abdin, president
The garden is designed by pro bono architect Wendy Andringa of GreenLab Studio, in collaboration with Grain Collective & will be run by the Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Service (BACDYS). It is the result of over 2 years of collaborative advocacy by 596 Acres and BACDYS. The New York Restoration Project Gardens for the City Program will be providing materials and labor to begin to build in May 2015.
This site was the subject of a nice piece of coverage about the New York Restoration Project's Gardens for the City Program in yesterday's New York Daily News:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City Line East New York Gets a New Garden thanks to Organizing by BACDYS and 596 Acres
East New York, New York - April 2015. The Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (BACDYS) Corporation of East New York is celebrating the creation of a new community garden at the corner of Forbell Street and Glenmore Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn. After signing a lease with the MTA to utilize the space in March, BACDYS teamed up with New York Restoration Project (NYRP), whose Gardens for the City program will bring materials and manpower to transform the space into a community garden from April 14-16, 2015. Volunteers will join to complete the initial construction on Thursday, April 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This space is familiar to anyone who has ever taken the A train to Rockaway - it is the roof of the train tunnel just as the train comes out and was originally designed as parklet. Fenced over 20 years ago, it was an eyesore created a dangerous blind corner for many years.
"The corner was full of garbage and rubble. It smelled. It was really ugly looking and people were afraid to come close," says Misba Abdin, President of the BACDYS board, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1982.
For over two years, 596 Acres helped BACDYS organize, connect with resources, and negotiate a lease with the MTA. MTA hosts other gardens on its property throughout the boroughs; 596 Acres recently supported the creation of Smiling Hogshead Ranch in Long Island City, Queens, and Q Gardens in Ditmas, Brooklyn. These three MTA-owned sites are just a few of the 32 community spaces that 596 Acres has helped neighbors create since their program began in early 2012.
"We could have never done this without 596 Acres," says Mr. Abdin. "They helped us figure out who we needed to talk to and bring all these great organizations together to make this garden real."
"It's amazing to be able to really feel the multiplier effect of our success across the city, to take what we learn in one neighborhood and transform it into success elsewhere," says Paula Z. Segal, attorney and director of 596 Acres. "Each campaign we work on is unique and we're pleased to have launched so many independent land stewards in such a short time!"
"As a long term resident of this community I am extremely overjoyed with the reality of the project rising from paper to a life form," says Darma Diaz, BACDYS co-founder. "This garden will be heaven sent for both seniors and youth who have no place within the community to enjoy a green environment."
The garden is designed by pro bono architect Wendy Andringa of GreenLab Studio in collaboration with Grain Collective. Materials for the garden construction are being donated by Build It Green and New York Restoration Project.
“This has been a great team effort - 596 acres has worked tirelessly to keep the transformation moving forward,” says Ms. Andringa. “I'm glad I could participate in the process - to see the Forbell green space finished will be so rewarding!”
"What we find fascinating is this grassroots movement by community to adapt and transform many of these unused urban open spaces," says architect Runit Chhay, Grain Collective. "As a professional, this is a great opportunity for us to support the community who have taken on this herculean task and we are grateful to be part of this."
“We’re thrilled to bring NYRP’s Gardens for the City resources, including staff, tools and materials, to help in this effort,” said Rebecca Fitle, NYRP Regional Engagement Manager. “This collaboration is a reminder of the importance of mobilizing. Together, we can empower the community, and each other, to transform green spaces into beautiful, accessible oases for the public to use for years to come.”
"I am proud to support and celebrate the creation of this new garden," says City Council Member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., who represents the 37th District. "Community gardens are vital to building a healthy and vibrant community, as they eventually become pillars in the community bringing residents from various backgrounds together. I would like to thank the Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services Corporation of East New York, 596 Acres, and everyone that came together to make this garden a reality.”
Come help make the garden grow:
BACDYS Garden Build Out Day with New York Restoration Project
Thursday, April 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At the corner of Forbell Street and Glenmore Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn
Come help the Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (http://bacdys.org) as they build out their new garden space with the help of New York Restoration Project's Gardens for the City program (https://www.nyrp.org/green-spaces/transform-your-green-space)!
This space is actually a roof of the A Train tunnel and was a park more than 25 years ago. For over two years, 596 Acres helped the Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Service organize, connect with resources, and negotiate with the MTA. The garden is designed by pro bono architect Wendy Andringa of GreenLab Studio in collaboration with Grain Collective.
Come help spruce up the space, build beds, and celebrate the opening up of this community space!
This is going slowly but it's surely going! Yesterday I spoke to the contract plan reviewer that MTA hired for this project. He asked for some changes to be made to the plans we submitted but nothing too serious. Wendy from GreenLab is working on changes and we hope to submit for his final review within the week!
Hi, I dont have concrete, but I have pavers that can fit together they are about 1'x1' and might work. Come check them out at East NY Farms (Schenck between New Lots and Livonia) we're here Tues-Saturday. 718.649.7979 Come pick up as many as you want.
A pro bono landscape architect that 596 Acres has found, with the help of our friends at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, from Green Lab Studio (http://www.greenlabstudio.net/) will be meeting with the community to talk about the best designs and uses for the site on September 15 at 10 am. The meeting starts at the BACDYS center at 181 Forbell and will move to the lot once we have convened.
See you there!
This is a great article about the community: http://www.bkbureau.org/2013/08/22/bangladeshi-enclave-grows-in-city-line/
Greetings Paula. Yes we can assure MTA that our plan in not build any
permanent structures and our project will not relate any runoof to the
Paula can I please have your last name?
MTA's attorneys are working on drafting an agreement for this site. Hurray! They wanted re-assurance that the community did not plan to build any permanent structures and that the project would not create additional runoff to the sidewalk. We were able to reassure them on both counts.
This Sunday, there is a big festival in the neighborhood. We hope to see you there!
Hi, I would like to be of an addition to rebuilding this area.
If anyone would like to include me into the group gatherings, just call me
Thank you. Keep up the good work.
Great news! This site and community was selected for the Gardens for the City Award 2013 (http://www.nyrp.org/Greening_Sustainability/Gardens_for_the_City) by the New York Restoration Project! In August 2013, NYRP volunteers will give the space a face-lift! In the meantime, the community is planning for spring!
MTA Real Estate is working on determining the limitations of the property, given its proximity to the tracks and the tunnel beneath it, as a final step in creating an agreement with the community. It seems that container plants will be alright here but in-ground plantings might be difficult. The person who is working on the project is:
Real Estate Manager
MTA Real Estate Department
347 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017
She is away until April 22, 2013.
There will be another workday at the lot on Sunday, December 23, 2012, 10am-2pm. There will be a youth group joining us! Come out!
Following up on behalf of the community, I just sent the following message to Andrew Inglesby, Assistant Director, Government and Community Relations, MTA NYC Transit:
I am writing to follow up on a request that was made on October 4, 2012 for approval for a community beautification project on a piece of MTA property that had in the past been a community space that included passive recreation and gardening space: Block 4206 Lot 1 (216 Forbell Ave.). Most recently, this site has been fenced and abandoned, turning into a dump and a forest of weeds. Neighbors have come together and are ready to restore it as a resource.
Attached, please find a photo of the site taken in late September 2012, a letter that you received previously from Misba Abdin, the Director of Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services (BACDYS), a local non-profit organization that is spearheading efforts to improve the neighborhood by creating an attractive public space on this site, and two photographs taken today that show how much progress the community has already made.
The community, including BACDYS, would like to work with MTA in making sure that this space is a resource for the neighborhood. Please let me know how we should proceed. I have copied the Community Board 5 and Mr. John Coyne at MTA; Mr. Walter Campbell at Community Board 5 is aware of the state and progress of this lot; Mr. Coyne also had a conversation with Mr. Abdin about this lot in September. I hope that together we can find the right path forward.
Thank you so much for your attention and all that you already do.
Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Director & Lead Facilitator
More pictures: http://596acres.org/en/photos/album/30/
There will be a meeting at the lot on Sunday at 10am for planning, painting and bulb planting! Join us!
In the NY Time Green Blog today: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/after-a-year-of-adoptions-orphaned-lots-bloom/
Two weeks ago, a truck took down half the fence. Today, we finished the job and cleared the lot of weeds and trees. It's ready for community re-envisioning..!
Got a note from Misba today: "I spoke to mta, they took my information and will get back to me later!!! Thank You very much for initiative to come over to or community! Misba Abdin"
I met with Misba today in the neighborhood and met a lot of folks in the community. This MTA site used to be a garden about 20 years ago. The residents who maintained the garden, mostly Italians, moved away and the lot became abandoned. No one cut the grass or cleaned it up. Community members complained and about eight years ago, the MTA put up a fence. This didn't help with the grass and the garbage. It made the lot feel less safe and the neighborhood even less inviting.
The community, together, with the mosque next door, is ready to remove the fence and make this space a resource again. They want permission to do that from the MTA. They have been working with the community board for two years, but have still not been able to get a meeting with anyone who has the power to grant them access.
They would like this space to be a garden and a place for people to sit and relax. They even already have 3 benches from the Department of Transportation that they can use in this space.
There will be a meeting in front of this lot on Sunday, September 16 at 11am to discuss next steps! Join in!