Information about this lot
Why is this lot here?
We think this lot is vacant because:
A good first step is to call the City Agency and ask about their plans for the lot. Here are some tips for your call: http://596acres.org/en/resources/advocacy-resources/
I sent Freedom of Information Law Requests to the Department of Small Business Services and the Economic Development Corporation asking for the following:
"All documents related to Brooklyn block 4313, lot 6, including any that describe the proposed marketplace at this location."
This lot is now in the jurisdiction of Department of Small Business Services and planned as a market place.
I would live to help out with creating a garden in that space. I'm a member of any farms and one of the community educators. I live on the area so access to the site is no problem. Please give me a call or email me at 347-368-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi all! I spoke to Al on the phone on Thursday. He told me that around 10 people have signed the petition in support of transforming this lot into a community garden. If 10 or so people want to be part of organizing to create a community space on this vacant lot, it may be time to call a planning meeting!
Once you pick a time and place for it, you can use this template to post a sign on the fence inviting other neighbors to join: http://596acres.org/media/filer_private/2012/07/23/community_garden__template.pdf
At the meeting, you should come up with a vision for what you want to create on the lot. Here are some things you might consider gathering as you organize your neighbors, which will help you build a successful campaign:
- A mission or vision statement that lists benefits to the community;
- A letter from the local Community Board in support of the project and group (this information is found in the "Political Boundaries" section of the lot's page);
- A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden;
- List of community members interested in the project (at least 10 names, addresses, phone numbers, emails)
- Sketch or rendering of project
- List of partners/sponsors/endorsers (including churches, school, local business, city agencies, etc.)
Eventually, you will need to put together a proposal to convince the NYC Parks Department to request the land from DCAS so it can be stewarded as a community garden. Here is a sample proposal from a successful campaign in Harlem: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/mandelapark_renes_proposal.pdf
East New York Restoration is going to explore leasing options with DCAS as well as advocating for a transfer of the property to the Parks Department.
Mimi Fuhrman is a DCAS leasing agent to whom nonprofit (and other) groups can reach out to: email@example.com
East New York Restoration is going to work on setting up this site for skateboarding workshops and trainings for young people. They are in touch with a local skateboard shop and working on collaborating with other organizations for cleanup & renovations to get the site safe & ready. More soon!
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From: Kyle Daniels (DCAS) firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 11:58 AM
Subject: RE: Brooklyn Block 4313 Lot 6
To: Mary Elizabeth Prall email@example.com
Cc: "firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com
Our records indicate DCAS has no current plans for this lot. In terms of enabling East New York Restoration LDC to control the lot, three options come to mind:
Ask the Parks Department to request assignment of the lot so it can be used as GreenThumb garden.
Ask HPD to request assignment of the lot. East New York Restoration LDC could then submit a lease request to HPD. I believe HPD’s commercial leasing program may offer favorable terms to not-for-profit organizations but you would need to get the details from them. Info here: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/vendors/doing-business-commercial-leasing-hpd-properties.page
East New York Restoration LDC could lease the lot directly from DCAS. It would probably be a short term lease and the monthly rental value would be determined by our appraisals unit. I can put you in touch with someone from our leasing unit if you would like to explore this option further.
Kyle Daniels | City Planner