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Information about this lot

There are 2 lots grouped here:
  • Brooklyn block 3232, lot 40 (1276 MYRTLE AVENUE). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 3232, lot 42 (1278 MYRTLE AVENUE). More details at OASIS.
Known Use: community green space
Address: 1278 MYRTLE AVENUE, Brooklyn, 11221
Area: 0.08 acres (3578 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 34 represented by Jennifer Gutierrez
Community District Brooklyn 4 ( / 718-628-8400 ), district manager: Celestina Leon
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.
  • 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 Parks and Recreation (public)


This land is being stewarded by the following group:

BK ROT, 917-678-5395

BK ROT is a collective dedicated to compost collection and redistribution via a youth employment program. We are hoping to set up a compost drop-off site with tons of solar compost bins to produce soil.

Our goal is to launch the youth employment program in April/May where we train youth ages 14-19 to collect compost (from a client base we are currently developing). It is educational and empowering.

If you are also watching this space and interested in something like this, we would love to have more help. We are about 5 people right now finalizing our schematics before we begin resourcing materials.

We are looking at the handful of lots on this strip, so we don't want to step on anyone's toes, but do think that it an amazing spot to house a bike stable and lots of large compost bins.

Feel free (please!) contact me with any questions. We are setting up a site - - under construction.

News feed

Sept. 30, 2014, 11:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Hey land stewards in district 34!

Your council member, Antonio Reynoso, will be saying nice things about your spaces at our event on Thursday evening. Please let me know if you'd like me to add you or other members of your group to the guest list. It would be great to see lots of your faces in the room. Here's what Antonio has agreed to speak about:


We'd love to have him attend and would really love to have him talk about the reclamations in his district: Grand Street Community Garden, Keap Fourth Community Garden, Evergreen Lots, and the brand-new 1278 Myrtle Community Garden. Three of these four former vacant lots are in the process of or have already been transferred to the Parks Department as permanently protected open space.


If you send me photos, we'll project those too!

Event info is here:

Aug. 21, 2014, 11:18 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We got this great letter from the organizers of the space at 1278 Myrtle Ave. at the corner of Central Ave. in Bushwick. It's been a long journey already and now they are ready to truly begin: 


It was a wonderful first turn out last Saturday at 1278 Myrtle in Bushwick. All eleven people who showed up were really committed to fulfilling what is possible there and expressed diverse knowledge, creativity and connection to the Community Compost Site & Wildlife Garden BK ROT proposed with Sure We Can, our partners in composting.


Everyone was full of openness and possibility and ready to move forward so much so that we moved from our seated meeting to walking the land, observing what is already present there- volunteering future actions, gathering resources, planning meetings for envisioning. It seems we are all moving at the same speed- wanting to make this happen but aware of the time it takes to cultivate the land and a place in community. 


After the meeting a couple of us made a run to pick up more oak stumps since we were one short so we now have 17 ‘seats’ in the lot! We placed them in a large circle creating nice visual awaiting our return & inviting others. 
In our absence the lot is in good hands - SWOON’s wheatpaste lives in the space beautifully! We will return for an informal clean up this Saturday, August 23.
Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and know how in pushing this forward at strategic moments… it looks like the neighborhood will take it from here!  
Growing Soil & Community Together,

Renée // Sandy 


Aug. 6, 2014, 6:40 p.m.
Sandy said

Hey all,

We got the space and now we need to organize! Come to a first meeting Saturday August 16th at 3pm! Email for more informaiton

July 23, 2014, 5:41 p.m.
j said

And, also, I'd like to be included as a volunteer, if possible, for the clean up, etc. : )

July 23, 2014, 5:34 p.m.
j said

This is so wonderful! Congratulations to all especially to those who handled all the business! I am ready to help as needed. Please, keep me updated. : ) Yay!

July 23, 2014, 5:11 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Nancy Kohn at GreenThumb confirmed: this site was transferred into the jurisdiction of the Parks Department this morning for use as a GreenThumb garden by the organizers who submitted a proposal back in December. HURRAY!

The organizers will be signing an agreement and submitting a list of volunteers before the end of the week to get official access to this string of neglected city-owned properties.

SInce the land was transferred even before the agreement was signed, neighbors and organizers can comfortably plan for a garden that has a very very long life.

Congratulations, Bushwick!

April 9, 2014, 4:34 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Hello everyone! We're holding a general meeting in Bed-Stuy tomorrow night! Hear from other groups who are just starting the process as well as those that have been successful.

Tomorrow - Thursday, April 10th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
At the garden of Eagle Academy, Mott Hall, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, & Brooklyn Food Coalition at
Saratoga & Fulton, Brooklyn
(Take the C train to Ralph Ave or Rockaway Ave Stations)

You can contact me at 718-316-6092 ex 3 or

Feb. 27, 2014, 2:56 p.m.
j said

This is great news! I live on the block and I'm willing to help if/when I can.

Feb. 27, 2014, 1:39 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Yesterday Paula and I had a meeting with GreenThumb's new director Nancy Kohn and an Outreach Coordinator, Rasheed Hislop. Nancy is still speaking with Parks about the transfer of this site! Fingers crossed!!

Jan. 6, 2014, 10:06 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Happy New Year! Have y'all heard back from Green Thumb?

Dec. 18, 2013, 9:42 a.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

This group has submitted an application to Green Thumb!!!

Nov. 23, 2013, 7:27 p.m.
Sandy said

Got a letter of support from Brooklyn Community Board 4!

Nov. 15, 2013, 10:58 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

According to Department of Citywide Administrative Services, this site is "Potentially Suitable" for urban agriculture.

This statement is contained in this data table:


June 19, 2013, 5:49 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

I spoke with DCAS and GreenThumb both today.

GreenThumb seems to be not licensing new sites directly right now. BUT GreenThumb is absolutely capable of registering this garden once a land use agreement is in place.

DCAS is willing to create a land use agreement -- in the form of a lease -- for a garden group that is a non-profit organization for a reduced cost where the group is committed to community and beautification.

Debbie at DCAS suggested that we write her an email that she can forward to her boss for review describing the community's intentions and asking for a reduced cost non-profit lease.

Do any of you lovely organizers and watchers have a connection to a non-profit organization that would be psyched to sign an agreement for this space so that it can get going? Debbie suggested that a lease could be signed very quickly.

June 17, 2013, 10:32 a.m.
Sandy said

Just spoke with Roland (miracle!). He told me there will be a new process for starting a community garden and that all previous proposals for space are now null and void. He said a new process will be announced sometime in the future and everyone will have to re-apply. Does anyone know anything about this?

May 24, 2013, 12:47 p.m.
Sandy said

Will call over today/Monday and see what the status is. I've left a number of messages with no returns..... #waitinggame.

Will let you know and post something up here too.


May 24, 2013, 11:22 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Are there any updates from Parks?

March 26, 2013, 1:27 p.m.
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March 26, 2013, 1:26 p.m.
Sandy said

Hey all! We cleaned up the lot at 1278 Myrtle as part of an outreach day. Put up a small banner that has resulted in lots of phone calls. We're hoping to get more letters of support this week. Feel free to join in the effort!

Contact me at

March 13, 2013, 6:18 p.m.
Sandy said

Hey all,

We are meeting Sunday at 11am at the space to figure out next steps for moving forward.

Feel free to give a call to get up to speed before hand or to just chat: 917-678-5395

March 13, 2013, 1:14 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

DCAS has offered to turn these three lots over to Parks for management by the GreenThumb program. That's a great offer -- now we just need Parks to say "yes."

Feb. 21, 2013, 3:42 p.m.
Sandy said

We've submitted our proposal for review to Green Thumb. They are confirming with DCAS the availability of the space - although we've done that several times now. We continue to canvass nearby institutions and businesses. Most recently the Dekalb Library, Bushwick Head Start and a number of other places have signed their support.

Feb. 19, 2013, 1:41 p.m.
Sandy said

Hi there!

I'd love to chat with you. We're organizing the lot connected to this. You can reach me at: 917-678-5395

Feb. 18, 2013, 2:09 p.m.
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Feb. 18, 2013, 2:06 p.m.
Sandy said

Great meeting on Saturday. We're moving forward with getting signatures of support in the area. We'll do a day of canvassing sometime this week.

Additionally, our very close friends from Bushwick City Farms came to the meeting and our friend Spike made a preliminary cute mock-up of the space.

We continue to invite those watching the lot or the surrounding lots to join us! 917-678-5395.

Feb. 15, 2013, 6:35 p.m.
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Garden Mock-Up
Feb. 15, 2013, 6:34 p.m.
Sandy said

Reminder: Tomorrow, Saturday February 16th, 11am - come to 1278 Myrtle Avenue (Central Ave M Stop) to help develop a trash-filled vacant lot into a beautiful community garden. We've already got lots of signatures from folks and businesses in the neighborhood!!


Feb. 8, 2013, 5:56 p.m.
Sandy said

We would like to hold the first open meeting for organizing around this lot. In particular, we'd love to have people organizing around lots on that block.

We'll meet at the space on Saturday February 16th at 11am. We'd like to do it earlier, but with the snow storm, it doesn't seem possible.

If you have any thoughts, please call me at 917-678-5395.



Jan. 22, 2013, 1:55 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Nice work. Be sure to mention that you are a community-based organization (non-profit) and that you hope to be able to license the space through GreenThumb.

Jan. 22, 2013, 1:54 p.m.
Sandy said

Contacted the owner. They are sending a lease application. So I will read that over and relay any information about the process they use.

Jan. 5, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This lot is connected with another one:

You guys should connect!