Information about this lot
Why is this lot here?
We posted this lot because:
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.
This land is being stewarded by the following group:
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:
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