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Queens block 16109, lots 185, 200, 70

Information about this lot

There are 3 lots grouped here:
  • Queens block 16109, lot 70 (88-02 BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 16109, lot 185 (BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 16109, lot 200 (BEACH CHANNEL D). More details at OASIS.
Address: BEACH CHANNEL D, Queens, 11693
Area: 2.23 acres (97006 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 32 represented by Eric A. Ulrich
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 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 Citywide Administrative Services (public)
Contact: Kyle Daniels (212-386-0486)

News feed

Nov. 8, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Stay tuned for meeting dates to plan the future park here! Congrats advocates.

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Good afternoon,

Thank you for your email and enthusiasm for this/these projects. As part of our design process, there are outreach meetings (or as we call them "scoping meetings") to gather community input on what they want to see in their neighborhood park. Additionally, these projects go before the community board for further input on design before it is finalized.

I will be sure to reach out once we know when this outreach meeting would occur.

Sincerely,
Alex

From: Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres [mailto:paula@596acres.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 11:28 AM
To: Maureau, Alexander (Parks)
Cc: Wanda; Claudia Steinberg; scott fulmer; Jason Sinopoli; Kalin Callaghan; Nandini Bagchee; schmerbeck@me.com; organizers@596acres.org; Mara; GaskaJonathan
Subject: Re: Using surplus boardwalk money to build Beach 88th Street Park

Mr. Maureau,

We are thrilled to see this announcement of the funding allocation:

"Beach 88th will get a new waterfront park that has a seawall, while wetlands will be re-established to mitigate tidal flooding at the Rockaway Beach neighborhood. There will also be play and seating areas as well as kayak access."

https://www.timesledger.com/stories/2017/44/rockaway145_2017_11_03_q.html

What are the next steps in finalizing design? Will there be a local meeting we can participate in?

Onwards!

Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Founder / Advisor
596 Acres, Inc.
540 President St #2E
Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 11215
📞 718-316-6092 x 2
📠 718-316-6092
paula@596acres.org

Nov. 8, 2017, 11:25 a.m.
Paula Z. Segal said

Funded!

"Beach 88th will get a new waterfront park that has a seawall, while wetlands will be re-established to mitigate tidal flooding at the Rockaway Beach neighborhood. There will also be play and seating areas as well as kayak access."

https://www.timesledger.com/stories/2017/44/rockaway145_2017_11_03_q.html

March 23, 2017, 3:19 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

We just saw this announcement: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170322/rockaway-beach/rockaway-peninsula-hurricane-sandy-rebuilding-parks-department-boardwalk-money ("this week, the Parks Department added two more: the construction of a park on Beach 88th Street and Beach Channel Drive and a new park along Thursby Basin for federal funding consideration").

and are thrilled!

Jan. 7, 2017, 5:13 p.m.
paula said

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Using surplus boardwalk money to build Beach 88th Street Park
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:13:01 -0500
From: Paula Z. Segal paula@596acres.org
To: Alexander.Maureau@parks.nyc.gov
CC: Wanda wandamc72@gmail.com, Claudia Steinberg claudiaste@aol.com, scott fulmer scottfulmer@earthlink.net, Jason Sinopoli j.sinopoli@gmail.com, 'Kalin Callaghan' kalincallaghan@gmail.com, Nandini Bagchee nb@bagcheearchitects.com, schmerbeck@me.com, organizers@596acres.org organizers@596acres.org

Mr. Maureau,

I am writing today on behalf of 596 Acres, NYC's community land access advocates, and the residents of the Beach 85th and Beach 84th bayside blocks in Rockaway who we are already working with to bring much-needed open space infrastructure to the area. We and our collaborators on the Bayside were thrilled to learn that transforming the neglected lots on Beach 88th Street and Beach Channel Drive into a park is one of the projects eligible for funding now that there is federal money left over from boardwalk reconstruction! The neighborhood would absolutely benefit from the construction of the park envisioned in 2014 through the community-driven NY Rising process.

The area needs the infusion of infrastructure and well-maintained open space very badly.

Nearby Beach 84th street has been so badly neglected by the City that its neglect warranted a stand-alone story in the Wall Street Journal last summer: http://www.wsj.com/articles/rockaways-block-has-seen-better-days-1474661619 (title: "Rockaways Block Has Seen Better Days: A torn-up road, trashy vacant lots, boarded-up homes and flooding are the norm on Beach 84th Street".)

Residents of that block "in rough shape" are working with us to create a community garden in the place of a city-owned vacant lot used for dumping after Sandy by municipal entities: http://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/58968/ . The red tape has been astounding. The property is in the inventory of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, but EDC put a hold on it in 2009 when they conducted a peninsula-wide planning study. That hold was still active in 2016 when your agency attempted to take jurisdiction for the creation of a GreenThumb garden. We tracked down the hold, got it lifted and have hit a new snag: the State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking NYC Parks to get a wetlands permit for the construction of the garden; we are now waiting for Parks staff to complete the process. The gardeners are patient, and growing in their ranks.

On Beach 85th Street, bungalow-denizens are actively pursuing opportunities to create public access to the water. They just formed a new not for profit organization, Share the Bay Rockaway, for the purpose of pursuing these exact ends.

The Beach 84th Street gardeners and Share the Bay Rockaway will be strong partners for the Parks Department in realizing this vision and stewarding the park after it is built. Please let me know how we can help you and your office move this plan forward.

I hope you are enjoying the snow,

--
Paula Z. Segal, Esq., Founder & Advisor
596 Acres, Inc.
540 President St #2E
Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 11215
📞 718-316-6092 x 2
📠 718-316-6092
paula@596acres.org

596 Acres champions resident stewardship of land to build just and equitable cities.

🌻

Jan. 4, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

The deadline to submit ideas and preferences has been extended to Jan. 8, 2017. Email Alexander.Maureau@parks.nyc.gov.

Dec. 31, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
Paula said

Beach 88th street park is on this funding menu:

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20161225/rockaway-beach/rockaway-parks-projects-boardwalk-funding-parks-department

Oct. 30, 2014, 5:23 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I just confirmed with the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery that the park is only a "featured" project in the Rockaway West plan. That means there is no state funding for it and the State will not be putting staff time towards implementation.

The park plan did become featured through a community engagement process that engaged many local people. The Governor's officer would be pleased to support advocacy for another route towards implementation.

I spoke with Chelsea Muller, NY Regional Lead, contact info below. Ms. Muller suggested that the NY Rising plan could be used as an advocacy tool with Parks or other potential funders.

Chelsea Muller
NYC Regional Lead, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program
NY Governor's Office of Storm Recovery
25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10004
212-480-2376|cmuller@stormrecovery.ny.gov
http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/community-reconstruction-program
https://www.facebook.com/NYStormRecovery

Oct. 28, 2014, 5:11 p.m.
someone posted
From the Parks Conceptual Plan, March 2014.
Oct. 28, 2014, 5:11 p.m.
someone posted
From the Parks Conceptual Plan, March 2014.
Oct. 28, 2014, 5:10 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

The Parks Department has developed a beautiful conceptual plan for this site. You can see it on page 24 of this March 2014 Parks Department document: http://www.nycgovparks.org/pagefiles/71/2014-03-24-CB14Presentation.pdf

The conceptual plan was also included in the final design boards for NY Rising Rockaway West: http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/sites/default/files/crp/community/documents/rw_pm3_boards_final.pdf

The full plan for NY Rising Rockaway West can be seen here: http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/sites/default/files/crp/community/documents/rockawaywest_nyrcr_plan_27mb.pdf

It seems that the Parks department has the option of applying for federal money from the state Community Development Block Grant allocation for Neighborhoods through NY Rising. Check out the NY Rising FAQ:
http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/nyrcr/faq ("Who will implement the proposed project?")