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Beach 45th Street Community Farm

Information about this lot

There are 9 lots grouped here:
  • Queens block 15837, lot 29 (358 BEACH 46 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 31 (BEACH 46 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 33 (BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 41 (BEACH 45 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 47 (BEACH 45 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 49 (BEACH 45 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 51 (BEACH 45 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 52 (BEACH 45 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 54 (BEACH 45 STREET). More details at OASIS.
Known Use: community green space
Address: BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE, Queens, 11691
Area: 0.91 acres (39748 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 31 represented by Donovan J. Richards
Community District Queens 14 ( cbrock14@nyc.rr.com / 718-471-7300 ), district manager: Jonathan L. Gaska
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 green space.
  • Neighbors got access to it with the help of 596 Acres.

Government Agency

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)

Urban Renewal

These lots are part of the Edgemere urban renewal plan. All of the lots were planned as open space.

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

RRR (Rockaway Resource Recovery)/Edgemere Farm
frjoubin@gmail.com, 716-804-9108

We are hoping to "grow" a full, functional farm, with shared plots, chickens, bees, and a host of great produce grown to be eaten by the community. We will also operate a full composting facility to invite the community to engage in turning waste into value...

News feed

Feb. 8, 2017, 3:39 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

a nice story from last summer about some of the growing that goes on here! https://onrockaway.com/beach-45-street-farm-provides-free-healthy-food-for-those-in-need/

Jan. 24, 2015, 9:12 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We've put a green indicator on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum representing your space! It's part of our intervention, Reviewing Renewal, which transforms the panorama into an exhibit about the past, present and future of neighborhoods under New York's urban renewal statute. Your site is planned open space under the currently active Edgemere Urban Renewal Area Plan.

Exhibit details:http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/2015/01/05/reviewing-renewal/

Come tomorrow at 4pm when we focus on Queens, or any time before Feb 8 to see your flag!

March 19, 2014, 8:17 p.m.
someone posted
This lot is occupied and ready to produce food. Our lot is nearly an acre in size and buzzing with activity. It is shared between two groups. Edgemere Farm and BSCAH. Come vist!
March 19, 2014, 8:12 p.m.
someone posted
Edgemere Farm is up and running. There are two groups on this (almost an acre lot). Edgemere Farm and BSCAH.
Aug. 8, 2013, 1 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This site was designated as "Open Space" under the Edgemere Urban Renewal Plan (April 2008).

June 12, 2013, 11:04 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This site is in the first round of Gardens for Healthy Communities sites and is being be licensed by the Parks Department for a four year term via the GreenThumb program. All the standard rules of operation for GreenThumb gardens regarding public access, open hours and membership will apply (for details see our website greenthumbnyc.org).

The stewards selected for the site are Edgemere Organic Farm/ Matt Sheehan and Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger/Trevor and Yvonne Rankine.

From GreenThumb's award letter: GreenThumb believes in collaboration, and that the more community members involved, the better chance a site has for long term success. Meetings will be held in the next few weeks to introduce new groups and begin site design discussions. If your group was not chosen to manage a site, we strongly encourage you to join the new garden at the location you are interested in anyway. There will certainly be enough work for everyone to have ample opportunity to participate

May 24, 2013, 11:57 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Are there any updates? Did GreenThumb respond to your application?

April 25, 2013, 1:22 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This is one of the 20 sites available to be developed as community gardens using funding from the Mayor’s Obesity Task Force initiative through GreenThumb. Awards will be made on a rolling basis pending available resources. The selection committee will begin evaluating applications on May 16, 2013. More info: http://greenthumbnyc.org/news.html?news_id=243

March 25, 2013, 12:04 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We heard that this lot will be included in the soon-to-be announced Mayor's Obesity Task force initiative to start 15 new gardens in neighborhoods that have limited access to fresh foods. This means there will be some infrastructure and other support from the Mayor's office on this project going forward. Give Carolin Mees at the GreenThumb office a call to ask her about the program.

Oct. 12, 2012, 1:16 p.m.
Anthony said

Spoke with Jeffrey Croft at NYC Park Advocates, who suggested following up with Colleen Anderson to schedule an appointment to look at the records for this property in person.

Oct. 11, 2012, 11:16 a.m.
Anthony said

Left message for Colleen Anderson about this park this morning.

Aug. 31, 2012, 2:53 p.m.
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Aug. 31, 2012, 2:50 p.m.
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Aug. 31, 2012, 2:47 p.m.
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Aug. 31, 2012, 2:39 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We put some signs on this lot today!

Aug. 29, 2012, 4:48 p.m.
someone posted
Aug. 27, 2012, 12:12 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

The is a "park" on city maps - the Edgemere Urban Renewal Park. It looks like a vacant lot with a fence in the middle of it and grass to us. Any ideas when/if park features are coming? How can the community get involved here?