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"Hilton Holiday Gardens"

Information about this lot

Address: 133 AVENUE, Queens, 11436
Area: 0.90 acres (39300 square feet)
Block and Lot: Queens, block 12089, lot 8
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 28 represented by Adrienne E. Adams
Community District Queens 12 ( / 718-658-3308 ), district manager: Yvonne Reddick
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Government Agency

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
Contact: Mitchell Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner

Parks are protected in New York State for the use of people as open space. A City in the State cannot decide to simply close down a park and use the land for something else without getting approval from the state government after land has been dedicated as parkland.

In order to convey parkland to a nonpublic entity, or to use parkland for another purpose, a municipality must receive prior authorization from the State in the form of legislation enacted by the New York State Legislature and approved by the Governor. “Once land has been dedicated to use as a park, it cannot be diverted for uses other than recreation, in whole or in part, temporarily or permanently, even for another public purpose, without legislative approval.” United States v. City of New York, 96 F.Supp.2d 195, 202 (E.D.N.Y. 2000). This clear law has been applied consistently since 1871.

The question is: what is parkland?

The term “dedicated” is often used in referring to municipal parkland subject to State alienation requirements. Common phrases include “lands dedicated for park purposes” and “dedicated parklands.” The dedication of parkland may be formal through an official act by the governing body of the municipality.

Dedication can also be implied. This may occur through actions which demonstrate that the government considers the land to be parkland or the public used it as a park. Examples include: a municipality publicly announcing its intention to purchase the lands specifically for use as a park, “master planning” for recreational purposes, budgeting for park purposes, or “mapping” lands as parkland. Kenny v. Board of Trustees of Village of Garden City, 735 N.Y.S.2d 606, 607 (App. Div. 2nd 2001)(property acquired for recreational purposes and used for recreation was instilled with public trust even though never officially dedicated).

Here is the State's handbook on alienation, updated September 2017:

News feed

March 23, 2017, 12:30 a.m.
HipHoticHelps Administrator said

On March 11th, 2017 from 2pm-5pm we held our 3rd community meeting for the Essential Garden of South Jamaica which was a success. We are excited and ready to convert this abandoned space for public access! Let's Get It!!

Feb. 16, 2017, 6:01 p.m.
HipHoticHelps Administrator posted
 Essential Garden of South Jamaica Community Leadership Meeting 2/11/2017
Essential Garden of South Jamaica Community Leadership Meeting 2/11/2017 The HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica Community Leadership Meeting was a huge success on February 11th, 2017. Elected and voted into leadership positions were: Ambassador of Entertainment Kahlil Emery ( the son of the late Lost Boyz member "Freaky Tah") Ambassador of Spiritual Development Rev. K. Newsome Ambassador of Community Relations Fred Simmons Thanks for all who strive towards helping making this community transformation a success.
Jan. 24, 2017, 11:05 p.m.
HipHoticHelps Administrator posted
HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica Community Leadership Meetin 1/7/2017
HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica Community Leadership Meetin 1/7/2017 The snow did not keep us from being ready to GROW inside the HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica, Queens. We had a productive meeting and our Member bylaws have been executed successfully! We look forward to our next community meeting on Saturday, February 11, 2017 2pm-5pm.
Jan. 9, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Please welcome our Community Leaders of Essential Garden of South Jamaica! said

Although the weather storm on Saturday slowed many of us down, the EGSJ Community Leadership Meeting on January 7th, 2017 from 2pm-5pm at Southern Girls Soul Food Restaurant was a success! Our bylaws have been executed by our community leaders! We would like to welcome the below leaders elected and voted into their positions for the HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica.

Malika Wheeler
President of HipHoticHelps
Appointed Executive Leader for the EGSJ

Debrah Benjamin
Essential Garden Community Director

Bianca Fellows
Essential Garden Assistant Manager
Standing Secretary

Tony Reyes
Essential Garden Keeper

Anthony "Tone" Moore
Essential Garden Keeper Assistant

Yvette Benjamin
Essential Garden Event Director

Clive Reid
Ambassador of Spiritual Development

I look forward to our next leadership meeting on February 11th, 2017 from 2pm-5pm at a location TBA. RSVP will be required before a location is disclosed. At the next meeting we will cover electing and voting for the remaining Community Leadership positions. The remaining Community Leadership positions (Operations Manual #1) are appended below.

Essential Garden Marketing Director
Essential Garden Event Coordinators (2)
Ambassador of Agriculture (2)
Ambassador of Spiritual Development (2)
Ambassador of Historical Sciences (3)
Ambassador of Youth Education (3)
Ambassador of Community Relations (2)
Ambassador of Entertainment
Ambassador of Culture

In addition, we will commence with focusing on electing and voting for our Group Leaders (Operations Manual#2). The Group Leaders (Operations Manual #2) positions are:

Essential Vitamin Garden Group Leader
Essential Mineral Garden Group Leader
Essential Herb Garden Group Leader
Essential Flower Garden Group Leader
Essential Plant Garden Group Leader

Referrals and suggestions for the following positions should be sent in a separate email with "Subject: Essential Garden of South Jamaica Leadership Referral" to Please include the full name, email, and contact number for the candidate. The Vitamin, Minerals, and Herb Group Leadership positions require knowledge and experience with growing 100% natural foods and yielding large crops in New York City climates. Teaching experience is not necessary, but is a HUGE plus. Knowledge of indoor pyramid growing is required for our Essential Herb leadership. We appreciate your continued support working together towards bringing this vision into fruition for our community. Thank you.

Dec. 22, 2016, 11:19 p.m.
HipHoticHelps Administrator said

Trish Van Buren, founder of HipHoticHelps held a meeting with Councilman, Ruben Wells on 12/21 at 4:15 pm-5pm. Ruben Wells office will show support for this project by requesting NYC Parks clean up the lot, remove dead trees, dying trees, tree stumps, and overgrown land. We are approaching warm days and suggest clean up can take place then. We are hoping he can make this happen for the community.

Dec. 22, 2016, 11:10 p.m.
HipHoticHelps Administrator posted
Community Board 12 Supports HipHoticHelps Essential Garden
Community Board 12 Supports HipHoticHelps Essential Garden We are excited and honored to have community board 12 write this letter of support for HipHoticHelps Essential Garden project. Let's Get It, Queens!! <3
Dec. 12, 2016, 7:07 a.m.
HipHoticHelps Administrator posted
HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica Community Meeting Announcement
HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica Community Meeting Announcement HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica, Queens community meeting will be held on January 7th, 2017 between 2-5 pm. The location will be announced via email on January 6th, 2017. You will need to RSVP by calling the number provided in the email. Respectfully, we ask everyone to cooperate with our procedures in order to accommodate the community meeting itinerary. In addition, we encourage you to invite others from the community who would like to attend the meeting. However, all community guest must contact to enter the meeting. Subject: "SOUTH JAMAICA COMMUNITY MEETING GUEST REGISTRATION" include full name,contact number, and a valid email address. Upon arrival, including community leaders, you will be asked to print and sign your name for the prioritized attendance log. We look forward to seeing you there. Happy Holidays!
Dec. 12, 2016, 7:04 a.m.
HipHoticHelps Administrator uploaded
History of South Jamaica Queens Please see attached amendment to the history display in the Essential Garden. There will be no need to hold a community vote for this matter. Thank you.
Dec. 12, 2016, 7:02 a.m.
Important: HipHoticHelps Essential Garden Update said

There was an overwhelming amount of feedback about the suggested inductees to highly anticipated Historical Mural inside the HipHoticHelps Essential Garden. Our community membership has grown with 10 more members in 24 hours. We appreciate the support to make this project a success.

HipHoticHelps is a community organization and does not endorse any politicians or take any political views. Due to the concerns expressed from the community, HipHoticHelps will not be inducting Donald Trump or Mario Cuomo on the mural. Thank you.

Dec. 10, 2016, 10:38 p.m.
Mara at 596 Acres uploaded
Trish VanBuren's Testimony submitted to City Council for December 1 Oversight Hearing on Parks Department Properties Currently Inaccessible to the Public You can also read a slightly different version of it here: And watch Trish testify in the City Council's video posted here: She goes on at the 02:54:40 mark.
Dec. 10, 2016, 4:28 p.m.
Trish Van Buren uploaded
The History of South Jamaica Queens HipHoticHelps Essential Garden of South Jamaica, Queens plans are to develop a mural that represents the Historical Sciences and people who contributing to the culture of its community.
Dec. 9, 2016, 1:51 a.m.
Chris M said

I lived in SJ Queens all my life, and the Hilton didn't do much to this space. I am eager to see what Hiphotichelps can do with this property. I will email to see how I can help your organization. I do not have a green thumb but I can build things and clean up.

Dec. 8, 2016, 9:17 p.m.
Dwayne said

We need South Jamaica, Queens community residents to come together and demonstrate, "WE ARE GREAT!"

Dec. 8, 2016, 9:02 p.m.
Trish Van Buren posted
Let's Brig Life Back Into South Jamaica, Queens!
Let's Brig Life Back Into South Jamaica, Queens! HipHoticHelps takes pride in the communities we serve and live in. We want to bring life back into this garden and in South Jamaica, Queens!
Dec. 8, 2016, 8:41 p.m.
Trish Van Buren said

HipHoticHelps Essential Garden Ambassadors, Community Leaders, and Group Members are encouraged to post on 596 acres under "Hilton Holiday Garden" to plug in the residents of Queens to help us bring awareness of the magical transformation on this NYC Parks inaccessible property.

Nov. 28, 2016, 8:59 a.m.
Mara at 596 Acres uploaded
Template you can use to prepare written and oral testimony for Dec 1 Oversight Hearing on this inaccessible parks department land Tell City Council's Committee on Parks and Recreation about the NYC Parks Property You Are Organizing at a Hearing this Thursday, December 1 at 1pm at the Oversight Hearing called "An Examination of Parks Department Properties Currently Inaccessible to the Public" in the Committee Room at City Hall. Here's a template for preparing written and oral testimony about this land! Also here: Want help preparing to testify? Join us this Wednesday, November 30 at 3pm at New Friendly Daycare, 2178 Nelson Ave in the South Bronx -- across the street from land where neighbors are organizing for access.
Nov. 27, 2016, 7:45 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Somehow this unused NYC Park is also named for the hotel across the street from it. Let's put this land to use!