Information about this lot
Staten Island block 3284, lot 45 (PIAVE AVE). More details at OASIS.
Staten Island block 3284, lot 61 (SAND LANE). More details at OASIS.
Why is this lot here?
We think this lot is vacant because:
Local growers started organizing for access to this land in 2014. In summer 2016, after they resubmitted their application with community board support which was lost in an office move, NYC Parks GreenThumb let us know that the transfer of land to NYC Parks was in progress. Then it got delayed again because the sidewalk outside had been neglected by its owner, the city government. Now, four years later, GreenThumb is requiring an up to date list of future gardeners who will work with the elderly local grower who has led this process. If you're a neighbor who wants to grow here, please let GreenThumb know: contact Staten Island outreach coordinator Anthony at (212) 602-5324 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Get more info and click Organize to connect with us and sign up for updates here: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/58252/
promising response from colleen, nyc park's chief of parklands and real estate:
Alderson, Colleen (Parks)
Sep 8 (4 days ago)
to Kelsey, mara, stephanie, organizers
I am forwarding your correspondence to our Green Thumb Office and will confer with them on status of their review and then Kelsey and I can take any next steps.
Have a good weekend,
Stephanie and I sent a letter to NYC Parks' Chief of Parklands and Real Estate this week requesting the transfer of this lot to NYC Parks asap! Read it (with photos!) at http://596acres.org/letter-requesting-transfer-for-five-gardens/ . Here's an excerpt:
August 31, 2017
Chief of Parklands and Real Estate
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065
RE: Request for transfer of vacant lots to NYC Parks so they can become GreenThumb gardens
With your help, five community gardens that GreenThumb has approved for transfer can become real.
In each case, groups of neighbors have completed the process for starting a new garden. They have identified which vacant lots on their blocks are in the inventory of NYC agencies that do not have active plans for them. They have committed to their future stewardship as community gardens, developing proposals with plans for how the space be used and how they will share the work of maintaining it. They have gained support from hundreds of fellow neighbors, local businesses, schools, community organizations, and their Community Boards. They have completed GreenThumb registration and met with their GreenThumb Outreach Coordinators who are ready to support them.
To make their visions real, people who live near these vacant lots have been requesting that they be transferred to the inventory of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation from the city agencies that do not have active plans for them. GreenThumb has approved these sites for transfer.
We are writing to request that you expedite the transfer of the following properties to NYC Parks. This will ensure they can be transformed from waste spaces that have long added to the hardships of life for those who live nearby, into the beautiful, inclusive community parks and gardens that these same people need and desire! Please enjoy the stories and the photos that follow:
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Staten Island block 3284, lots 45 & 61 at Sand Lane and Piave Ave near Humbert Street in Arrochar. Reference page: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/58252/
About Sand Lane Garden: Prolific grower and elderly immigrant gentleman Hari is the lead organizer of this future community green space, which will replace a decades-long vacant lot in his neighborhood in the inventory of DCAS. We got confirmation from NYC Parks last summer that the transfer of this lot was underway; unfortunately it was delayed because of a lack of sidewalk in front which the property owner, NYC, is responsible for. Last December, DCAS shared this note: “The Department of Citywide Administrative Services is aware of a proposal to create a community garden at this site and will coordinate actions with the Department of Parks & Recreation, as necessary.” We have not received word that the transfer has moved forward, and Hari continues to reach out to us for advice.
The expedient transfer of these vacant city-owned lots to NYC Parks will allow them to become thriving public green spaces that improve neighborhoods and benefit all New Yorkers. We stand ready to continue supporting residents through the transformation process to ensure that each community garden is a success!
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and thank you for all you do.
Director of Partnerships, 596 Acres
Director of Advocacy, 596 Acres
This is frustrating. The property owner is the City.
Begin forwarded message:
Date: December 15, 2016 at 1:16:44 PM EST
Subject: 311 Service Request Closed #: C1-1-1340448671 , Sidewalk Condition
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Service Request #: C1-1-1340448671
Date Submitted: 12/09/16 11:45:51 AM
Request Type: Sidewalk Condition
Details: Broken Sidewalk
Your Service Request was closed.
The Department of Transportation inspected the location more than six months ago and has notified the property owner of any defective sidewalk conditions. The property owner is responsible for maintaining, repairing and installing sidewalks adjoining their property, according to Section 19-152 of the New York City Administrative Code.
The lot is missing a sidewalk on one side - the side that faces Piave Street and intersects with Foch (Block 3284, lot 45). NYC Parks has told us that it is only willing to take jurisdiction of this property once another City agency fixes this condition. We are organizing to get some help from elected officials and the community board. You can help, too!
Fill out a 311 complaint about this missing sidewalk right now, and again next week. Here is the form:
Here are the details:
Step 1: What | Edit
Broken sidewalk at Paive Street, in front of City-owned vacant lot, Staten Island Block 3284, lot 45
12/08/2016 11:42:55 AM
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Additional Location Details:
Staten Island Block 3284, lot 45
Harry and fellow gardeners are meeting Anthony Reuter, NYC GreenThumb's outreach coordinator in front of this lot on Saturday, June 18th from 9am to 12pm! Come to meet your neighbors and join them in making their plan for a garden here a reality.
I hope you can help steward this future Staten Island garden into being! We have been working with Harry Lalkan to make it possible since May 2014. You can see the organizing history here: http://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/58252/ and a plan for the future garden here: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/harrys_garden_drawing.pdf. Below is our prior exchange about this property with Rasheed when he was Deputy Director.
Harry just called to let me know that he got a letter of support from SI Community Board 2 and is now waiting for the City to release the land to Parks. He mailed the letter to GreenThumb. Can you let me know that you got this and if there is anything else that needs to happen at this point to have Harry planting by spring?
Thank you so much for all you do!
Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Director of Policy & Advocacy
I also gave Harry the contact information for Mike Schnall, Chief of Parks on SI, to see how he can help move this process along!
Harry had edited a draft of his drawing and re-mailed it to GreenThumb, but never heard back. Then he went into GreenThumb's office to check in and they misplaced most of his paperwork. Luckily, he had brought copies of everything and turned it all in again.
He's going to keep calling Rasheed Hislop, Deputy Director of GreenThumb to check in on this. I told him I could bug him, too, if he doesn't hear back by next week.
Harry's last step is creating a drawing of his future garden. I created a template for him and mailed it to him with some examples of drawings that other gardens have done.
His letter of support from the community board is already in GreenThumb's hands!
Harry reported to me that he received full support from the Community Board for this garden! They issued him a letter and sent one to GreenThumb. Now Harry is finishing up his application and will let me know when he sends it off to GreenThumb.
I believe the group's application is for both lots!
These lots are in Staten Island census tract 070. Based on resident income, this tract is not 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 - and we hope it will soon! - the GreenThumb program will not be able to provide any supplies.
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
Is the proposal for this lot only or for both connected lots? The City Property goes all the way through the block.
Harry visited a committee meeting and presented his proposal with a neighbor named Elliott. It went well! The board asked him to come back next month's executive board meeting - likely Tuesday, October 2st.
Harry is going to present his proposal to his community board on September 18th. The board would like to see some photos of the space and a list of supporters. GreenThumb also reached out the board to tell them that they've been speaking with Harry. Harry's also trying to get letters of support!
Last week the community board called and said they needed to check in with Parks about this. Harry and let him know that they needed to speak to Rasheed. Today Harry is calling Rasheed to follow up and see if the cb got in touch.
Last night Harry went to his community board meeting and presented his proposal. The board is going to discuss it and get back to him within a few days. Harry has been in contact with Rasheed Hislop, Deputy Director at GreenThumb.