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Queens block 1999, lot 38

Information about this lot

Address: 4316 111 STREET, Queens, 11368
Area: 0.06 acres (2500 square feet)
Block and Lot: Queens, block 1999, lot 38
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 21 represented by Francisco Moya
Community District Queens 4 ( QN04@cb.nyc.gov / 718-760-3141 ), district manager: Christian Cassagnol
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

We think this lot is vacant because:

  • 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 Citywide Administrative Services (public)
Contact: Kyle Daniels (212-386-0486)

News feed

May 12, 2015, 11:34 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

This project has been given the working title of "Proyecto Corona Verde"! Waiting to get more details on how the campaign is coming along!

April 14, 2015, 10:31 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We got a call from a neighbor interested in plugging into organizing here: Ana 646 207 7911 (Spanish speaker). Who should she contact?

March 5, 2015, 1:33 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Here are some notes from the meeting that happened on Feb. 15th:

A woman named Cynthia was picked to be the contact person/main organizer for this project! (Awaiting her contact info)

There are also 3 volunteer roles for IMI/Mujeres en Movimiento to take on:
-door-knocking in area
-introduction to PTA coordinator
-get signatures at school drop-off/pick-up

The groups also accomplished developing a list of group materials to begin the next steps. The next steps are:


  • present at IS145 PTA meeting on March 9

  • develop list of other PTA groups we have connections with (through survey at IMI/MeM)

  • schedule date for door-knocking campaign

  • create a draft of a letter to present to individuals and organizations when looking for support Here are notes for the letter:
    "our goal is to:
    -get a garden and grow food
    -learn about community organizing in the process
    -make the garden a center of learning about food
    -make the garden a center of learning about how change happens
    -make partnerships: hall of science/botanic gardens"

The steps following door-knocking/school outreach are:


  • get help on signatures from partner orgs like MRNY

  • approach Julissa to be 1000th signature (get their help with outreach)

  • have a party (invite julissa to sign on that very day).

Reach out to jserrano@queensmuseum.org if you want to join the efforts!

Feb. 15, 2015, 10:37 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

There's another meeting happening this
Tuesday, February 17th at 10 am at Immigrant Movement International (108-59 Roosevelt Avenue) where a strategy for the group to get to 1000 signatures will be outlined!
ALL ARE WELCOME!

Feb. 10, 2015, 3:54 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Reminder!
THE MEETING IS TONIGHT!
February 10th
6:30pm
Immigrant Movement International
108-59 Roosevelt Avenue (steps from the 111th street Stop on the 7 line).

The meeting will be in Spanish & English!

See you there!

Feb. 5, 2015, 1:02 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Reminder!
The meeting will be this Tuesday, February 10th at 6:30pm at Immigrant Movement International, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue (steps from the 111th street Stop on the 7 line). The meeting will be in Spanish & English!)

See you there!

Jan. 27, 2015, 12:33 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

The meeting for tonight has been cancelled due to weather! There are TWO new meeting dates:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
6:30 pm

and

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH
10 am

Both meetings will be held at Immigrant Movement International, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue (steps from the 111th street Stop on the 7 line)

Jan. 27, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
someone posted
Jan. 26, 2015, 7:38 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

The meeting for tomorrow night has been cancelled due to weather! The new meeting will be:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Immigrant Movement International, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue (steps from the 111th street Stop on the 7 line)

Jan. 21, 2015, 11:59 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Spring 2015 is coming! The DOT is willing to again consider our request. And it might be time to ask the Mayor for help opening up this bit of public land as a neighborhood resource.

Join us next Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30pm at Immigrant Movement International, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue (steps from the 111th street Stop on the 7 line) to plan next steps and an organized campaign to get growing by the Spring.

Onwards!

Jan. 8, 2015, 11:06 a.m.
someone posted
Nov. 14, 2014, 3:38 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

"At this time, the agency (DOT) would prefer to leave this lot as it is. We can revisit the question in the Spring of 2015." said Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall in a phone call with me today.

DOT is not interested in participating in the GreenThumb program or crafting another mechanism that would allow community use of this site. They are committed to making it "less weedy."

Ms. Hall did not indicate that the DOT had any plans to widen the street or make any other use of the easement that they DOT has over this property, only that they were not interested in changing anything about its current use.

She is aware that this has a negative impact on the area and will try to improve the look of the space in the Spring.

Nov. 3, 2014, 5:06 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We finally got a response from DOT and can move forward! It's a "No for now." Now that we have a response we can structure our next steps. See below.

October 31, 2014

Ms. Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Executive Director & Legal Director 596 Acres Incorporated
69 91h Street
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Dear Ms. Segal:

Thank you for your letter regarding City-owned property at 43-16 111th Street, Queens. As correctly indicated in your letter, this parcel is within the mapped right-of-way of 44th Avenue.

DOT is always interested in working with local communities and hearing ideas about ways to make streets safer and be more inviting for the people that use them.

It is the agency's practice to review requests to re-program mapped streets on a case-by- case basis. At this time, DOT is unable to accommodate the request for community gardening activities at this location. Thank you for your interest and invite you to inquire about use of this space in the future.

Sincerely,
Dalila Hall
Queens Borough Commissioner

Here's our response:

From: "Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres" paula@596acres.org
Subject: Re: 43-16 111th Street
Date: November 3, 2014 4:59:51 PM EST
To: "Sinha, Vikram" vsinha@dot.nyc.gov
Cc: "Hall, Dalila" dhall@dot.nyc.gov, Your Vacant Public Land organizers@596acres.org, Carmen Li cammy.li1990@gmail.com, fyodorena@gmail.com, Jose Serrano Jserrano@queensmuseum.org, Prerana Reddy prerana@queensmuseum.org, "Garcia, Nicole" NGarcia@dot.nyc.gov

Mr. Sinha,

Thank you for forwarding the agency response. While re-programming the mapped right-of-way may be a reasonable eventual outcome, our present request is simply to allow neighbors to use the space in an unambiguously temporary manner as an "interim use" gardening site that can be active while an ultimate disposition plan is developed or while awaiting the expansion of 44th Avenue. It is my understanding that there is no timeline for such an expansion.

Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has a standard practice of allowing such interim use and regularly asks gardeners to move their operations or shut them down when housing development becomes feasible for a particular site. HPD's agreements do not result in ambiguities as to City intentions in the long term since they explicitly state that no intention exists to allow the lot in question to become dedicated open space. HPD also asks gardeners to consent to move at a future date explicitly in writing when an agreement is signed. A sample form agreement that HPD uses in such situations is attached, as well as a sample supplemental letter from a garden group.

As an example: 596 Acres is currently working with a group that signed just such an agreement 2.5 years ago in Brooklyn that will be moving by the end of the calendar year to make way for the development of rental housing. I can share more about the process and the expectations that were set and met by HPD and the gardeners to enable a community resource used by hundreds of residents and visitors over the years that the garden was open while also preparing for the ultimate replacement of the open space with a disposition that meets a different need.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) could chose to facilitate interim use on this site by working with the GreenThumb program of the Parks Department, as HPD does, or by providing a license agreement directly with the DOT for the garden group. I have attached another sample agreement - an agreement between Pratt Area Community Council and the Department of Environmental Protection that enables neighbors to garden at the Myrtle Village Green (MVG) site - that demonstrates how an agency can chose to do the latter.

Thank you so much for your help with this matter. I am looking forward to helping your agency craft a strategy that will allow neighbors to use land in the present while protecting the needs of New York City as it grows.

Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions: 718 316 6092 x 2. I have copied the neighbors interested in creating a community space at 43-16 111th Street, on this message.

In solidarity,

Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Executive Director
Legal Director, 596 Acres' NYC Community Land Access Project
596 Acres, Inc.
540 President St #2E
Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 11215
718-316-6092 x 2
paula@596acres.org

Send us a note if you want to see the attachments: organizers@596acres.org

Oct. 16, 2014, 10:40 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

From: "Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres" paula@596acres.org
Date: October 16, 2014 at 10:37:05 AM EDT
To: "Sinha, Vikram" vsinha@dot.nyc.gov
Cc: Your Vacant Public Land organizers@596acres.org, Helen Ho HHO@cityhall.nyc.gov
Subject: Re: DOT-226758-N7S7:transform empty lot at 43-16 111 St. into a garden

Mr. Sinha,

As I'm sure you're aware, there has been a decision by the First Department in the Laguardia Corner Gardens case: http://www.gvshp.org/_gvshp/preservation/nyu/doc/glick-harvey-10-14-14.pdf (in favor of the NYU project moving forward).

While this case may not be the guiding principle behind DOT's support of a garden on the Carona site (I assume agency plans or lack of plans for use of that site are in the foreground), my understanding was that your office may have been waiting for this decision.

Please advise as to next steps.

Oct. 1, 2014, 12:24 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This lot is in Queens census tract 401. Based on resident income, this tract is eligible for Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) support. Federal CDBG money is how GreenThumb is funded; this means that if this lot becomes licensed as a garden, the GreenThumb program should be able to provide unrestricted support. That's great news!

For a map of Queens' CDBG eligibility by census tract: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/resource/cd_eligibility2010_qn2014.pdf?r=1

More info: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/resource/comdevmaps_2010.shtml

Sept. 10, 2014, 2:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

From: "Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres" paula@596acres.org
Subject: Re: DOT-226758-N7S7:transform empty lot at 43-16 111 St. into a garden
Date: September 10, 2014 at 1:50:00 PM EDT
To: "Sinha, Vikram" vsinha@dot.nyc.gov
Cc: Your Vacant Public Land organizers@596acres.org, Helen Ho HHO@cityhall.nyc.gov

Mr. Sinha,

I connected with Chris Reo at the NYC Law Department about this property. His response to me is below.

From: "Reo, Christopher (Law)" creo@law.nyc.gov
Subject: RE: Help Neighbors in Queens Create a new garden!
Date: September 10, 2014 at 1:42:47 PM EDT
To: "'Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres'" paula@596acres.org

Ms. Segal -
Thank you for your query and your phone message. I suggest that you contact DOT directly with your request as they are in the best position to respond to it.
Sincerely,
Chris Reo

Can you let me know what next steps are? We can surely craft an agreement that protects the City's interest in the property while also giving the neighbors the green light. Some customized signage on the property can also work to both show residents that the city administration has both the short and long term future of the neighborhood in mind and manage expectations about the permanence of the use of the space.

Thank you so much for all you do!

paula

Aug. 4, 2014, 12:41 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This has been transferred internally to the New York City Law Department. I am following up with Chris Reo there to see who has been assigned to this.

Aug. 4, 2014, 9:57 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

From: "Sinha, Vikram" vsinha@dot.nyc.gov
Subject: RE: DOT-226758-N7S7:transform empty lot at 43-16 111 St. into a garden
Date: August 4, 2014 9:55:47 AM EDT
To: "Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres" paula@596acres.org
Cc: Your Vacant Public Land organizers@596acres.org, Helen Ho HHO@cityhall.nyc.gov

Hi Paula,

I am checking on the status of this.

Best,

Vikram Sinha
NYCDOT
Office: 212-839-2510
vsinha@dot.nyc.gov

Aug. 3, 2014, 5:35 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

From: "Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres" paula@596acres.org
Subject: Re: DOT-226758-N7S7:transform empty lot at 43-16 111 St. into a garden
Date: August 3, 2014 5:34:59 PM EDT
To: "Sinha, Vikram" vsinha@dot.nyc.gov
Cc: Your Vacant Public Land organizers@596acres.org, Helen Ho HHO@cityhall.nyc.gov

Mr. Sinha,

When we last spoke, you told me that you expected to get an answer to this inquiry by July 16. Do you have an update?

Thank you so much for all you do!

paula

June 23, 2014, 4:40 p.m.
Rena said

Thanks for the updates Paula, really appreciate it! Hope all is well!

June 23, 2014, 4:09 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I just spoke with Vikram. He is still waiting to hear from their legal department. He says the internal turn around time is 3 months. This request was logged on April 16 so we should expect a response by July 16 at the latest.

May 29, 2014, 4:32 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I connected with Vikram at the NYCDOT again today. He says to be please be patient - their legal department is working on a response.

May 12, 2014, 11 p.m.
Rena said

Fingers crossed! Thanks Paula!!

May 12, 2014, 11:08 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I just spoke with Vikram Sinha at NYC Department of Transportation. The NYC DOT Land Use office is still reviewing this property and he will call and remind them that spring is here. We should have an answer in a few weeks.

April 7, 2014, 11:53 p.m.
Rena said

Hi Mary!

So sorry for missing your call and the event last week - sounded like a great opportunity to learn from others' experience in this long, long process.

What should we do now? We have not heard back from the DOT as of yet. Thanks for all your support and help!

All the best! Have a beautiful week everyone!

March 27, 2014, 2:08 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Awesome!!!!

March 27, 2014, 1:16 p.m.
Rena said

Hi Mary, I thought I posted the following a week ago? Maybe it wasn't posted as a public note since I just replied to the email - sorry!

"Hi all, just an update that Carmen & I have drafted a letter (based on our original cover letter to DCAS) and I'll be sending it out tomorrow morning. Hope it isn't buried amidst all the other letters and comments she must be receiving! Thanks for your support and encouragement!!! :)"

March 27, 2014, 1:15 p.m.
Carmen said

A letter was written and sent last week.

March 27, 2014, 1:15 p.m.
Rena said

Hi Mary, I thought I posted the following a week ago? Maybe it wasn't
posted as a public note since I just replied to the email - sorry!

"Hi all, just an update that Carmen & I have drafted a letter (based on our
original cover letter to DCAS) and I'll be sending it out tomorrow morning.
Hope it isn't buried amidst all the other letters and comments she must be
receiving! Thanks for your support and encouragement!!! :)"

March 27, 2014, 12:50 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Rena and Carmen - Has anyone written a letter to the DOT Commissioner yet? Any updates?

March 20, 2014, 12:15 a.m.
Rena said

Hi all, just an update that Carmen & I have drafted a letter (based on our
original cover letter to DCAS) and I'll be sending it out tomorrow morning.
Hope it isn't buried amidst all the other letters and comments she must be
receiving! Thanks for your support and encouragement!!! :)

Feb. 28, 2014, 7:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Here's the suggestion: write a letter to the CDOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg or contact her online at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/contact/contact.shtml.

Let us know when you do! Even if this is mapped as "roadbed," that shouldn't stop the community from using it until such a time that the City actually decides to expand the road or build a new one. Let's now let this sliver of opportunity go!

Feb. 27, 2014, 1:55 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Yesterday Paula and I had a meeting with GreenThumb's new director Nancy Kohn and an Outreach Coordinator, Rasheed Hislop. Nancy is going to try to give us a contact at the City of New York Department of Transportation to reach out to about creating a license for this space.

Feb. 10, 2014, 4:50 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

On Feb 10, 2014, at 1:44 PM, "Kohn, Nancy (Parks)" Nancy.Kohn@parks.nyc.gov wrote:

Hi Paula,

I looked into this and the lot is not available for transfer to Parks. It is part of the mapped street and CDOT (City of New York Dept of Transportation) would like to retain the right to improve the site as part of the street in the future. In addition, CDOT isn't interested in having a community garden in the interim on this site.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
Nancy

Nancy Kohn | Director
GreenThumb Program
New York City Parks & Recreation
49 Chambers Street | Room 1020 | New York, NY 10007
212.788.8068 phone | 212.788.8052 fax
nancy.kohn@parks.nyc.gov

Sept. 8, 2013, 7:08 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

The exchange below is promising. And there's a volunteer checking the lot's records in person this week, too.

On Sep 7, 2013, at 3:05 PM, "Debbie Kadir (DCAS)" dkadir@dcas.nyc.gov wrote:

Paula-

The referenced property is under the jurisdiction and management of DCAS/DRES. If you are interested in leasing the property, you will need to submit a lease application.

I’m not sure why in your below email you are referring to the Parks Department. In order to lease this property you will need DCAS authorization.

I’ve attached the lease application for your reference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thank you,

Debbie Kadir

From: Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres [mailto:paula@596acres.org]
Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2013 3:17 PM
To: Debbie Kadir (DCAS)
Cc: Jason Gaspar; Chouloute, Roland (Parks); jcoyne@mtahq.org; Your Vacant Public Land; Shameka Blount (DCAS); Joseph Valentino (DCAS)
Subject: Re: No easement on Queens Block 1999, Lot 38?

Ms. Kadir,

Thanks so much for your response!

I referenced the Parks Department because they are the ones who administer the GreenThumb program -- a program through which any community group can create a garden on City-owned property. There are existing gardens on DCAS-jurisdiction land in the city. The process that has been used in the past is an actual inter-agency transfer from DCAS to Parks (but a temporary license is also an option; the Department of Housing Preservation and Development uses those).

Staff members of City Councilmember Julissa Ferrera and Jennine Ventura from your office both referred the community to GreenThumb to ask that a request be made for this property to be transferred in January. When they did so, GreenThumb/Parks concluded that there was an easement (held by the MTA) and refused to request the transfer. Our research has not revealed that such an easement exists - we have checked ACRIS and are verifying with the Queens Property Clerk's office. We are trying to determine whether there is any record of it with DCAS.

If there is no easement, Parks may request a transfer and that would be wonderful for the local community.

Thank you so much for all you do!


From: "Debbie Kadir (DCAS)" dkadir@dcas.nyc.gov
Subject: RE: No easement on Queens Block 1999, Lot 38?
Date: September 7, 2013 3:27:09 PM EDT
To: "Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres" paula@596acres.org
Cc: Jason Gaspar jgaspar1123@gmail.com, "Chouloute, Roland (Parks)" Roland.Chouloute@parks.nyc.gov, "jcoyne@mtahq.org" jcoyne@mtahq.org, "Your Vacant Public Land" organizers@596acres.org, "Shameka Blount (DCAS)" sblount@dcas.nyc.gov, "Joseph Valentino (DCAS)" JOVALENT@dcas.nyc.gov

Paula-

John Coyne from MTA Real Estate has advised in the below stream of emails that there doesn’t seem to be an easement on the property. Since it seems you are not satisfied with his answer, I will do research and get back to you.

Thank you for your patience.

Thank you,

Debbie Kadir | Assoc. Real Property Manager, Short Term Leasing
P: (212) 386-0587 | F: (212) 313-3471 | dkadir@dcas.nyc.gov

Sept. 5, 2013, 12:41 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

There's a quick field trip that would really help -- can one of you volunteer to take a trip to the Queens County Property Records Office ASAP to look up the records for QUEENS BLOCK 1999 LOT 38.

The office is here:

Queens City Register Office
144-06 94 Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

http://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311/allFaqs.htm?requestType=topFaq&faqId=20120720-B0E788AE-D2A2-11E1-B65C-EAC13D7AA936 (No need to get certified records).

Please let me know if you or any of the folks you are working with are willing to make the trip in the next few days!

Sept. 4, 2013, 9:50 p.m.
Rena said

Thank you so much for not giving up Paula! Please let us know when Ms.
Kadir gets back to you regarding the easement. We've been hunting around
for other non-profits to partner with but conversations have not progressed
very far for any. Keeping my fingers crossed, have a beautiful day...hope
to hear from you again soon! :)

Sept. 4, 2013, 5:02 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I had a conversation with Roland at GreenThumb about this lot a few weeks ago (before I went on vacation) and he agreed that if there really is no easement on the property, GreenThumb would be willing to grant a license and Parks may even be willing to take jurisdiction.

Back in February, I connected with the MTA to try to verify the easement that the Parks department claimed existed:
From: Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres [mailto:paula@596acres.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:07 PM
To: Vann, Prescott
Subject: Inquiry re: Queens Block 1999, Lot 38

Mr. Vann,

I am writing to get your advice.

A community group that is looking to create a greenspace amenity in their neighborhood of underserved Corona Queens has identified Queens Block 1999, Lot 38 (4316 111 STREET) as an ideal site for such a space.

The MTA/LIRR seem to hold an easement on the property. The group is wondering what might trigger the taking of the property for an MTA use and how likely that trigger is to come about. Any insights you can share would be great.

Thank you so much for all you do!

--
John at MTA responded:
On Feb 14, 2013, at 11:46 AM, "Coyne, John" jcoyne@mtahq.org wrote:

Hello, Paula:

I see nothing definitive regarding a LIRR easement on Queens Block 1999 Lot 38. Where did you find a reference to such an easement?

It is not unheard of that an ancient LIRR easement exists that is not on our radar. I suggest reaching out to NYC DCAS, which appears to be the title holder of record. If they have a record of a LIRR easement, they will direct you to us, but I suspect they will not. Do have a DCAS contact?


Today, I reached out again to Ms. Kadir at DCAS:

From: "Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres" paula@596acres.org
Subject: No easement on Queens Block 1999, Lot 38?
Date: September 4, 2013 4:56:44 PM EDT
To: Debbie Kadir dkadir@dcas.nyc.gov
Cc: Jason Gaspar jgaspar1123@gmail.com, "Roland (Parks) Chouloute" Roland.Chouloute@parks.nyc.gov, jcoyne@mtahq.org, Your Vacant Public Land organizers@596acres.org

Ms. Kadir,

I hope you've had a great holiday! I am writing to get your help getting a GreenThumb license for a community garden in a neighborhood that is incredibly garden-deprived. Can you verify that there is no easement on this property? I know we have talked about it before -- a group is working with the Queens Museum to apply for a lease when you and I last spoke about it.

But if DCAS and LIRR can convince the Parks Department that there is no easement on the property, they would be willing to grant a license; this seems like the ideal situation for everyone.

I've included my entire exchange with LIRR about this property below and copied Roland at GreenThumb, as well as John Coyne at MTA and Jason Gaspar, one of the hopeful gardeners. Your help is sooo appreicated!

Feel free to call me if it's easier.

June 19, 2013, 5:55 p.m.
Rena said

Okiedoke, thanks so much!!

June 19, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

She couldn't give me a price yet. Copy me on your future communications with her. Your plans for next steps make total sense.

June 19, 2013, 5:48 p.m.
Rena Lee said

Awesome!! I'll contact Immigrant Movement International Center now - that's where we've been planning the garden with a group from Jason Gaspar's Plant Justice class. If IMI agrees to sign, we'll send an email to Debbie describing our plans and asking for the non-profit lease. If not, we can also try Queens Museum of Art or Just Food?
Do you know how much would the reduced cost lease be?

June 19, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I spoke with DCAS and GreenThumb both today.

GreenThumb is absolutely capable of registering this garden once a land use agreement is in place.

DCAS is willing to create a land use agreement -- in the form of a lease -- for a garden group that is a non-profit organization for a reduced cost where the group is committed to community and beautification.

Debbie at DCAS suggested that we write her an email that she can forward to her boss for review describing the community's intentions and asking for a reduced cost non-profit lease.

Do any of you lovely organizers and watchers have a connection to a non-profit organization that would be psyched to sign an agreement for this space so that it can get going? Debbie suggested that a lease could be signed very quickly.

May 24, 2013, 12:14 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

That's awesome! We'll be psyched to announce your opening! And you might find this list of resources helpful for your planning: http://596acres.org/en/resources/turning-your-lot-into-a-food-production-space/

May 24, 2013, 12:10 p.m.
Carmen said

Currently in contact with the DCAS to get permission for access into this
lot. Should be open and running soon!
Plans for the plot include: food education for youth, food waste collection
and compost station, planting cultural foods for community.

May 24, 2013, 11:48 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Are there any updates on opening this space up for community use? It seems like the city agency will be open to it -- time to write a proposal and start planting! Email organizers@596acres.org if you want us to send you a sample proposal you can use as a model.

Feb. 14, 2013, 11:59 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

According to MTA, if there is an easement, it is "not on their radar." This makes it REALLY unlikely that the land would be taken through that mechanism so commence the organizing!

Feb. 13, 2013, 8:41 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

GreenThumb told him that, while a license is possible, MTA/LIRR holds an easement on the property. It seems unlikely that they will find a need to use this piece of land any time soon. But I did contact the Real Estate division at MTA for a clarification.

Jan. 29, 2013, 7:38 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

DCAS told our friend Jason that this lot is available for a community use, and can be licensed through GreenThumb.