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Merrick Marsden II

Information about this lot

Known Use: community garden
Address: MERRICK BOULEVARD, Queens, 11434
Area: 0.12 acres (5374 square feet)
Block and Lot: Queens, block 12367, lot 170
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 27 represented by I. Daneek Miller
Community District Queens 12 ( qn12@cb.nyc.gov / 718-658-3308 ), district manager: Yvonne Reddick
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.

Owner

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (private)
Contact: BQLT (718 963 7020 / info@bqlt.org)

The history of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust starts with former NYC Mayor Giuliani who in 1999 planned to auction 112 community gardens. For years before the auction, hundreds of community gardeners had organized, demonstrated and filed lawsuits to save their gardens from development.

With an auction looming, then Attorney General Eliot Spitzer joined the gardeners lawsuit and stopped the auction. In 2002, Mayor Bloomberg signed a deal negotiated with General Eliot Spitzer and The Trust for Public Land (TPL), to pay $3 million to save 69 gardens as permanent open spaces. TPL invested in physical improvements such as fences, tool sheds and sidewalks to make the gardens safer and more inviting. TPL then organized local land trusts to take care of the gardens.

In 2004 the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (BQLT) was incorporated to manage and eventually own gardens in Brooklyn and Queens saved from the auction. BQLT is a not-for-profit, tax- exempt organization. BQLT is a membership organization with a unique structure where the gardens are the members and garden representatives act on behalf of their gardens in an official capacity either on the BQLT board or as voting members. Votes are cast at the annual meeting.

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

Merrick Marsden II

News feed

May 23, 2016, 8:32 a.m.
paula at 596 acres posted
The garden re-opening this weekend!
The garden re-opening this weekend!
May 23, 2016, 8:28 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

The Merrick Marsden Association, owners of an open space in Jamaica, Queens, that has served the community since 1967, had a close call that resulted in a fundraising frenzy to pay off tax debt that the City sold, 596 Acres referring them to Mohen & Segal LLP to defend a foreclosure action brought by the Tax Lien Trust and a subsequent a transfer of the property to the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust in January 2014.

Without our intervention, the garden would have disappeared. Here is more context about how and why:
http://596acres.org/media/filer_public/2015/07/15/596acres_tax_sale_recommendations.pdf

Here is the press release we published when we saved the garden:

596 Acres + Mohen & Segal + Merrick Marsden Neighborhood Association + Brooklyn Queens Land Trust = another forever space for the community (in Queens!)

January 23, 2014

 

596 Acres is proud to have helped save a neighborhood space in Queens and facilitate it's transfer to the the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust!

A new permanent garden was born on the corner of Foch and Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, through our combined efforts and the vigilance of the Merrick Marsden Neighbors Association (MMNA). MMNA has maintained the space since 1967; 596 Acres connected them with attorneys Mohen & Segal LLP to represent them for free in court so that they did not lose the land last year to a tax foreclosure and in the transfer to the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust.

Photo above: what garden-saving often looks like: papers signed! That's Rohan James from MMNA and Anthony Mohen, 596 Acres volunteer and partner in Mohen & Segal.