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Brooklyn block 7014, lots 52, 53

Information about this lot

There are 2 lots grouped here:
  • Brooklyn block 7014, lot 52 (2425 MERMAID AVENUE). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 7014, lot 53 (2427 MERMAID AVENUE). More details at OASIS.
Address: 2427 MERMAID AVENUE, Brooklyn, 11224
Area: 0.09 acres (4087 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 47 represented by Ari Kagan
Community District Brooklyn 13 ( / 718-266-3001 ), district manager: Eddie Mark
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 Housing Preservation and Development (public)
Contact: Lin Zeng, Deputy Director (212.863.5327)

Housing Preservation and Development is not granting interim licenses now. The only way to have the community access this lot is by getting it transferred to another agency. Look below for Pathways that will guide you.

Urban Renewal

These lots are part of the Coney Island I urban renewal plan.

News feed

Oct. 4, 2015, 11:52 p.m.
paula uploaded
The agreement that describes the coming housing development + subsidies for development in details click to see the full document
Oct. 4, 2015, 11:25 p.m.
Ariella said


I'm no longer working at the Shorefront Y. Please be in touch with Anna Bro=
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Thank you!
Ariella Angert

Oct. 4, 2015, 11:19 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

On July 23, 2015, both these lots were transferred from the City of New York to the NYC Housing Partnership, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the construction of affordable housing:

They are holding title to the land for the development of 3-family homes priced between $396,000 and $608,000, through the New Infill Home Opportunities Program ( These homes will be available to people making between 80% and 130% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The average person living in Community District 13, where these lots are, makes 43% of the Area Median Income (see

For more about Area Median Income and "affordable" housing in general, see:

Jan. 14, 2015, 1:53 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

A frustrating note from Minico today:

From: Minico Roberts
Subject: Mindfully Living Community Garden will be delayed!
Date: January 14, 2015 1:44:19 PM EST
To: "Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres", Mary Elizabeth Prall

I have some unfortunate news. Rasheed informed me that HPD indicated that the lot was no longer available. Apparently, Nancy [Kohn, GreenThumb Director] went to a meeting with HPD and as they were going over sites, they realized they just signed off for the lot to be developed.

Of course this was a shock but I will begin to look at other possible vacant lots as well as Rasheed put me in contact with another garden that needs volunteers so that the group I assembled can garden for the upcoming garden season.

Aug. 28, 2014, 11:05 a.m.
Minico said

All the necessary documentation was submitted to Rasheed Hislop of GreenThumb. It is currently under review. It has been a great process gathering all the members and talking to the community board. The 2014 gardening season is almost over but contact Minico for information about how to become a member for the 2015 gardening season!

June 24, 2014, 4:17 p.m.
Joshua Carrera said

I am doing research on vacant lands for a summer internship and I just finished reading all the comments and updates that you all have posted up until now. Keep up the good work - its inspiring!

May 30, 2014, 11:49 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

The group had a site visit with Rasheed Hislop, Deputy Director of GreenThumb! Next stop: finish the sketch of the space and creating the mission statement. More members are needed! Contact Minico!

April 10, 2014, 6:33 p.m.
Minico said

Let's go again!!

A meeting will be held for neighbors interested in becoming active or support volunteers on:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Coney Island Branch Library
1901 Mermaid Avenue (corner of West 19th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Come out and hear the guidelines for becoming a member and next steps to bring this garden to life!!!

April 9, 2014, 8:05 p.m.
Minico said

Thank you to those that traveled to Coney Island for Mindfully Living Community Garden's first meeting!

I will schedule another meeting for May!!! In the meantime, I will work on the project design and site visit with GreenThumb!

April 4, 2014, 9:54 p.m.
Minico said

Hi All,

It's time to meet!

A meeting will be held for neighbors interested in becoming active or support volunteers on:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:00 - 7:45 pm

Coney Island Branch Library
1901 Mermaid Avenue (corner of West 19th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Come out and hear the vision, guidelines, and next steps for this garden to come to life.

April 3, 2014, 8:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Minico and her team are working on the design now! It was awesome to have her at our general organizing meeting!

March 27, 2014, 10:09 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Minico, that's awesome!

You can email or call Rasheed Hislop at GreenThumb, an Outreach Coordinator who can help you through the application process:

No. 7 on this page has the list of things GreenThumb will require:

March 26, 2014, 9:43 p.m.
Minico said

It's official! The board voted and I have their support! I should receive the letter early next week!!! On to the next step which will be holding a meeting for the neighbors! I am going to a People's Coalition of Coney Island meeting tomorrow and should get the numbers I need for GreenThumb!

March 26, 2014, 5:01 p.m.
Minico said

I presented the vision for the community garden to the community board last night and they motioned for it to come up for approval at their general meeting tonight! The District Manager and other board members were receptive and welcoming about the idea!! I am very excited!

March 26, 2014, 1:50 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

How did it go?!

March 24, 2014, 10:28 p.m.
Minico said

Quick Update

I am heading to Community District/Board 13's meeting tomorrow at 7pm in Coney Island. Chuck Reichenthal, District Manager informed me of the meeting and we will discuss the community garden! Let's cross fingers!

Feb. 23, 2014, 8:49 a.m.
Minico said

The new signs went up early this morning!!!

Feb. 23, 2014, 8:43 a.m.
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Feb. 23, 2014, 8:42 a.m.
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Feb. 16, 2014, 7:12 p.m.
Minico said

I have a preliminary volunteer list and four people have signed on! One of the volunteers are speaking with other people to garner interest! We are on our way! The plan is to contact the community board in March!

I am attending the 3rd Public Engagement meeting @ MCU Part Feb. 19th @ 7 pm. I will work to speak to more people interested in gardening as well as meet others very involved with in the Coney Island community. Drop by if you are in the area and watching this lot!

I am getting a new sign for the fence to hang up since someone took down the initial sign. Hopefully no one will be able to remove this one!

Jan. 29, 2014, 6:42 p.m.
someone posted
Jan. 29, 2014, 6:42 p.m.
someone posted
I had a great time at the Community Land Access Workshop and was able to get the "This Land is Your Land" sign to hang on the fence for the garden! Hopefully many people come to join and volunteer!
Jan. 13, 2014, 2 p.m.
Minico said


A quick update.....

I had a great reception from some neighbors I spoke to in Coney Island. I am currently putting up flyers in buildings and businesses to recruit more volunteers. So hopefully we can all meet up pretty soon and discuss this great project!

Oct. 28, 2013, 9:55 a.m.
Minico Roberts said

Hi, I created a gmail account for the community garden I want to start on 2427 Mermaid Avenue!!! Since its google that means I have everything from youtube to google plus so check out Mindful Living Community Garden google+ page and add it to your circle. I plan to put videos of the process on youtube and hopefully can start up a blog in a few months. I'm still looking for volunteers so I can present at the community board soon so email if you want to help or with news, info, or just to say hi at!!

Oct. 3, 2013, 2:42 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I just verified with Charlie Marcus, director of Planning at Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), that HPD would be willing to consider licensing this lot for an interim use through GreenThumb. There are long-term plans to build housing on the site but there is no financing for these plans.

The next step is to put to an application together for GreenThumb to consider. GreenThumb staff will then put in a request to HPD.

Sept. 23, 2013, 8:59 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We got a note from an organizer about this sunny corner lot: "I would like to turn the lot into a botanical garden/farm. A peaceful place where people can grow veggies and sit and chat with other neighbors..."

This person already called Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), who do not seem to have plans for the lot. So -- let's get organizing! It takes 10 people (or more!) to get a proposal together for GreenThumb, who can formalize HPD's permission.

March 3, 2012, 10:24 p.m.
Oksana said

This lot is owned by HPD. Visit to view any open Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the lot.

March 1, 2012, 11:12 p.m.
Oksana said

This lot is owned by HPD. Visit to view any open Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the lot.