Information about this lot
Why is this lot here?
We think this lot is vacant because:
A good first step is to call NYPD Facilities Management Division (at the number above) and ask about their plans for the lot. Ask if the plans have a timeline. Ask if the NYPD might be willing to sign an interim use agreement through GreenThumb or license the land to a community group directluy. Take notes on your call. Get the name of the person you spoke to. Record your note below so that others who are interested in this lot can benefit from what you learned. We're all organizers together.
(Lt Patrick Malarkey was promoted. He used to be a great help.)
Anthony Reuter from GreenThumb says:
HEALTH 4 Youth, GreenThumb, NYPD, Compost Project, and City Harvest have been working collaboratively with the community to build a modest pop-up (temporary) community garden in a portion of the large NYPD owned lot on Hill Street.
HEALTH 4 Youth, with funding from the Building Healthy Communities initiative, is purchasing supplies for the garden. GreenThumb has been working with NYPD on a legal use agreement and will provide material support, technical assistance, and outreach. City Harvest has been doing stellar community outreach. Compost Project is committed to providing composting technical support and outreach.
This lot is in Staten Island census tract 029. 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 Staten Island's CDBG eligibility by census tract: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/resource/cd_eligibility2010_si2014.pdf?r=1