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Brooklyn block 2157, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Information about this lot

There are 5 lots grouped here:
  • Brooklyn block 2157, lot 1 ( BERRY STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2157, lot 2 ( BERRY STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2157, lot 3 (451 BERRY STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2157, lot 4 (449 BERRY STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2157, lot 5 (447 BERRY STREET). More details at OASIS.
Address: 451 BERRY STREET, Brooklyn, 11211
Area: 0.13 acres (5643 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 33 represented by Stephen T. Levin
Community District Brooklyn 1 ( bk01@cb.nyc.gov / 718-389-0009 ), district manager: Gerald A. Esposito
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 Housing Authority (NYCHA) (public)
Contact: Lee Trotman, Garden and Greening Program (212-306-2921 / lee.trotman@nycha.nyc.gov)

Check out the great directions NYCHA published here: http://greennycha.org/garden-and-greening/become-nycha-gardener/

Urban Renewal

These lots are part of the Williamsburg II urban renewal plan.

Pathways

Here are some pathways you might follow to use this piece of land legally:

News feed

Feb. 23, 2015, 11:50 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

A really great message from Lee Trotman at NYCHA Garden & Greening this morning:

From: "Trotman, Lee" Lee.Trotman@nycha.nyc.gov
Subject: RE: 596 Acres NYCHA Garden & Greening Outreach Project
Date: February 23, 2015 10:55:22 AM EST
To: "Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres" paula@596acres.org

Thank you, We are working Berry Street this year for sure this season.

Best,

Lee

Oct. 1, 2014, 10:25 a.m.
santiago said

Let me know when they will start i will help out.

Sept. 30, 2014, 11:24 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I spoke with Lee Troutman at NYCHA about this lot and the 2 tenants' associations organizing together. He's excited to help. We discussed the real possibility of having a gate installed on the Berry Street side of the parcel that the NYCHA tenants' association can control and open to the public. His program may be able to come out and do a garden build.

He is going to follow up with Ms. Knox.

Sept. 17, 2014, 1:54 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I just met Ms. Knox, the new president of the Berry Houses Tenants' Association, at the La Casita Verde invocation. She already submitted her application to NYCHA Garden and Greening and has been following up by calling Lee Troutman, the program's director, about next steps.

She's really thrilled to be collaborating with her neighbors in Nycha and across the street. We're thrilled to support you all in these efforts.

Give her a call if you haven't met: 718 669 9998.

I'll also follow up with Lee.

Feb. 6, 2014, 6:25 p.m.
Jim said

Glad you caught Rob=85. Stay in touch! Jim

On Feb 6, 2014, at 5:57 PM, 596 Acres Lot 3021570003 =
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Feb. 6, 2014, 5:57 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Had a lovely chat with Rob Hickman today. I'm excited for the upcoming daffodil planting!

Oct. 29, 2013, 12:01 p.m.
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1650 daffodil bulbs!
Oct. 5, 2013, 2:10 p.m.
Rob Hickman said

We just scored 1650 daffodil bulbs from the Daffodil Project! Thank you New Yorkers for Parks
The Arthur Ross Center for Parks and Open Spaces! Next spring we are going to explode!

Oct. 3, 2013, 2:08 p.m.
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First Morning Glory
Aug. 28, 2013, 2:16 p.m.
Lisa Bloodgood said

This is wonderful South-side neighbors! I just wanted to let you all know that I am available to help you all organize here if you need it! I am very familiar with 596 Acres, I have experience starting a garden at 61 Franklin St (in Greenpoint stop by! BBQ Sept. 7th!)and I work for Council Member Levin and having his support (which you certainly do) is SO helpful!
Please call our office anytime 718-875-5200, and ask for me! If you are having trouble talking to NYCHA- ask for Metin Sarci. He's gotworking relationships with them and many within the buildings as well.
Way to go neighbors!! Cultivating our gardens is so important.

Aug. 4, 2013, 10:28 a.m.
Rob Hickman said

I spoke with Maria this morning (who works for the NYCHA doing maintenance). She offered me water and said that we could use the hose inside the trash compactor area anytime we see the gate open.

Aug. 3, 2013, 10:15 a.m.
Rob Hickman said

Journal
6/8 planted 24 pansies with Zelina and Peebo

6/12 Received the following email from Lewanne:
Finally had a chance to speak with the NYCHA folks and fortunately one of my "girl" friends was, at that point, together with the "Supervisor Caretaker" a Mr. Ronald Stokes.  He seemed quite amenable to the idea of using the lot, gardening, getting the kids involved in growing things, etc.  Said we should speak with the leader of the South Berry Houses Tenant Association, a "Miss Knots" who seems to live at 56 South 10th.  Apparently there are regular tenant association meetings in the larger building on the corner of S 10 and Berry.  When the metal door is up, it means that a meeting is happening....
So, that's the upshot of the NYCHA chat!

7/16 Put down 1 bag of compost with Caleb

7/21 Put down 2nd bag of compost with Caleb

7/27 Installed bricks with Caleb. Spoke with Anna of 54 South 9th St. Chris Powers planted flower.

7/28 Planted Corn with Keith

7/30 Fernando and Daiwa planted rosemary and mint

7/31 The grass in the lot was cut, but the garden was left untouched.

8/1 Heavy rains. 5 piles of dog excrement cleaned from the garden

8/2 Spoke with Francis (who works for the NYCHA doing maintenance). She reminded me that the lot is NYCHA property, but conceded that the flowers were pretty. She told me that the dog in question beings to someone who lives on South 10th Street whose yard joins the garden lot.

July 30, 2013, 8:01 p.m.
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We have special jobs for our smaller gardeners.
July 29, 2013, 8:50 p.m.
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Celebrity Gardener Keith Nelson plants some corn.
July 29, 2013, 8:48 p.m.
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Celebrity Gardener Keith Nelson plants some corn.
July 29, 2013, 9:37 a.m.
Rob Hickman said

From Mehiko Kono:

I got some rosemary and mint, because I think they are useful and hardy. Now to plant them... I am entrusting them with Fernando for the week because I work until Friday. If he has time, he will plant them. Otherwise I will plant them on Friday. Yay!!

Mehiko

July 28, 2013, 9:46 a.m.
Rob Hickman said

Chris Powers planted a gorgeous violet flowering plant yesterday.

July 27, 2013, 6:52 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Sorry for all the messages -- stephanie@bindlestiff.org seemed to be bouncing so we took stephanie off the list for this lot's page. If you know her, let her know?

And we're so psyched to see this project moving forward and to read about all these plans for collaboration.

The pictures are awesome, too!

July 27, 2013, 3:41 p.m.
Rob Hickman said

I spoke with Anna today from 54 South 9th Street. She said she could hook us up with the right people in NYCHA, and is interested in joining.

July 27, 2013, 3:39 p.m.
Rob Hickman said

Lewanne Jones sent me this June 12th:
Hi Rob,
Finally had a chance to speak with the NYCHA folks and fortunately one of my "girl" friends was, at that point, together with the "Supervisor Caretaker" a Mr. Ronald Stokes. He seemed quite amenable to the idea of using the lot, gardening, getting the kids involved in growing things, etc. Said we should speak with the leader of the South Berry Houses Tenant Association, a "Miss Knots" who seems to live at 56 South 10th. Apparently there are regular tenant association meetings in the larger building on the corner of S 10 and Berry. When the metal door is up, it means that a meeting is happening....
So, that's the upshot of the NYCHA chat!
All the best,
Lewanne

July 27, 2013, 1:17 p.m.
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July 27, 2013, 1:16 p.m.
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July 27, 2013, 1:15 p.m.
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The South 11th Street Reach Through the Fence Community Garden. A new garden squat in South Williamsburg.
July 25, 2013, 7:03 p.m.
Robert Hickman said

The South 11th Street Reach through the fence Community Garden is going to be laying down some brick bordering and planting some seeds this Saturday July 27th at the intersection of South 11th and Berry in South Williamsburg Brooklyn.

July 25, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
Richard at 596 Acres said

This came in from an organizer on this lot!

The South 11th Street Reach through the fence Community Garden is going to be laying down some brick bordering and planting some seeds this Saturday July 27th at the intersection of South 11th and Berry in South Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Oct. 8, 2012, 11:07 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Come meet your neighbors and other organizers this Saturday at the 596 Acres Workshops & Organizing Session at Pa'lante Juntos!, this year's El Puente Green Light District Summit:

Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At Family Day with the Green Light District (Espiritu Tierra Community Garden, S. 2nd St. between Roebling and Driggs). When you come, introduce yourself as organizing here!

More details:
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=696b604d1630492fe03dd00e4&id=9a46ffe5b4

Aug. 10, 2012, 5:36 p.m.
Anusha Venkataraman said

Hello everyone,
El Puente's Green Light District will be hosting a community meeting next Thursday, 8/16, to strategize around this lot and others in the Southside! Please RSVP to greenlightdistrict@elpuente.us, or via phone at 347 532-2809. Hope to see you there, bring your ideas, strategies, and resources!

Location: Espiritu Tierra Community Garden, S. 2nd St. (between Roebling and Driggs)
Time: 6:30pm
Host: Anusha Venkataraman, Acting Director of the Green Light District

Aug. 10, 2012, 10:07 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Since this lot is on a NYCHA campus, in order for a garden to start here, a majority of the folks involved must be NYCHA residents. So talking to the neighbors would be a great start!

After you have a core group, the next call you should make is to NYCHA's garden and greening program (or better yet, a member of the group who is a NYCHA resident should make it). We recently talked to Lee about this lot, so try him first. All the Garden & Greening numbers are above.

GreenThumb is helpful for licensing community gardens on city-owned land, but NYCHA land falls outside of their authority. Though once you have a license that gives you permission to garden here, GreenThumb can help with materials and education.

Keep us posted!

Aug. 9, 2012, 11:45 p.m.
Mehiko Kono said

I called Council Member Stephen Levin's District Office today and spoke to Charlie (a community liaison, I think.) He gave me good advice on protocol -telling me that I should call Green Thumbs first, then NYCHA. When I called Green Thumbs, I repeatedly got sent to voicemail. And then I called Howard Hemmings at NYCHA. He was also very helpful, informing me that I should first speak to the Manager of the adjoining NYCHA Housing (Berry Street Houses) and find out what is going on with the property. I will be attempting to get in contact with this person, by next Monday.

May 4, 2012, 12:14 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Start by reaching out to the neighbors, especially the folks in NYCHA housing since NYCHA owns the land. Also reach out to the NYCHA garden office (number above) and ask questions. Here's some ideas about what you could say: http://596acres.org/news/2012/04/02/our-faq-now-im-about-call-city-agency-what-do-i-sa/

May 4, 2012, 10:47 a.m.
SESTA said

Thanks, Paula, for your note.... So if a neighborhood group sought to make a garden in this lot, what's the procedure, please? Thanks, Jim Fleming

May 4, 2012, 10:33 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

The land is owned by NYCHA - the NYC Housing Authority. Here's a little information about gardens on NYCHA property:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/community/garden.shtml

Feb. 17, 2012, 3:53 p.m.
Oksana said

in use by adjacent building