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Keap Fourth Community Garden

Information about this lot

There are 2 lots grouped here:
  • Brooklyn block 2436, lot 20 (347 KEAP STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2436, lot 120 ( KEAP STREET). More details at OASIS.
Known Use: community green space
Address: KEAP STREET, Brooklyn, 11211
Area: 0.07 acres (2998 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 34 represented by Antonio Reynoso
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 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)

Urban Renewal

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

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

Keap Street Community Garden
Tanythb@gmail.com

A small garden on Williamsburg's South side whose member's garden communally, tend to perennials, trees, a wild flower meadow and teach the neighborhood's children to enjoy nature through learning.

News feed

Oct. 5, 2015, 4:24 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Nice note today... "Just thought you should know. Keap Fourth will be open 10am-Sunset everyday starting today until we close October 31st. Feels great. We have a sign out on the street with the announcement to the public and a post on FB. I might try to meet with the Halsey Street garden to how it goes there sometime soon. Think it would be great to "stay" open next season....."

Feb. 4, 2015, 10:40 a.m.
someone posted
Here's what your garden looks like on the Panorama of the City of New York! It's there until February 8 at 6pm. Come by and see!
Jan. 24, 2015, 9:26 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 Southside Urban Renewal Area Plan.

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

Come tomorrow at 2:30pm when we focus on the South Side or any time before Feb 8 to see your flag!

Sept. 30, 2014, 11:26 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:

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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.

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

Event info is here: http://596acres.org/en/donate/gala/

Sept. 21, 2014, 7:29 p.m.
someone posted
May 27, 2014, 5:17 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Ribbon Cutting at South Keap Street Community Garden in South Williamsburg

Wednesday, June 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
At South 4th Street and Keap, Brooklyn

Join South Keap Street Community Gardeners, 596 Acres, GreenThumb, the NYC Parks Department and neighbors to cut a real ribbon to open this real new garden. Planned as "open space" for decades under Urban Renewal (though fenced and abandoned) and identified as an organizing opportunity by neighbors through 596 Acres last year, then supported in organizing by the El Puente Green Light District, this new garden is now an official GreenThumb Parks Department site and was aided in its initial build out by the Mayor's Office Gardens for Healthy Communities Program.

July 8, 2013, 10:15 a.m.
SouthThird said

Our co-op has been promoting the project on S. 4th & Keap. We are thrilled =
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Email: south3hdfc@hotmail.com
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Kristofer Widholm=2C Treasurer=20
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Subject: [596 Acres] Watched lot updated!
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June 12, 2013, 10:29 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This is a re-post from the Facebook page:

Yay! We have a four year lease!!!!!!

Here's the official word from the GreenThumb!

Congratulations! The applications submitted by “Williamsburg Corner Garden” and “South Fourth Community Garden” have been selected to co- manage the new “Gardens for Healthy Communities” site at 347 Keap Street. . Since this is a joint award, we will be helping to facilitate a collaboration between your two groups. In addition, GrowNYC will be assisting you with design and construction of the site as soon as your registration paperwork and license is complete.

Please find a general announcement about the application and award process for the “Gardens for Healthy Communities” program below. We look forward to working with you!

The first round of Gardens for Healthy Communities site applications have been evaluated! We received many excellent applications and were pleased by the high level of interest shown in this program. The applications were reviewed by a panel of community gardening and greening experts including staff from GreenThumb, Community Assistance Unit, Citizens Committee for NYC, GrowNYC, Just food, and The New York City Community Garden Coalition. Based on an agreed upon selection criteria, we have chosen groups to take the lead in operating 13 new community managed urban agriculture sites. These sites will be licensed by the Parks Department for four year terms 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).

Wherever possible, groups applying for the same sites were awarded joint management for the site. 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.

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GUYS!

May 25, 2013, 7 a.m.
tanyth berkeley said

Not yet! We put our application in on the 16th.......

May 24, 2013, 11:28 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Does this community garden have its official license yet?

March 21, 2013, 3:01 p.m.
Tanyth said

Sorry its here:

South 4th Community Garden

https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-4th-Community-Garden/516303745086515

March 21, 2013, 12:40 p.m.
Ana Fisyak said

Hi Tanyth,

Great to meet you! Would you be so kind to post a link to the Facebook? I can't seem to find it. I'll be around on Sunday, maybe we could meet at the lot?

Best,
Ana.

March 21, 2013, 10:34 a.m.
Tanyth said

Hi Ana,

Welcome! PLease like us on FB so I can get in touch with you or post your email here or call 646-217-2841. I would like to meet you. Are you free anytime this week?

Best Tanyth

March 21, 2013, 12:13 a.m.
Ana Fisyak said

Hi there!

I live the area and would love to volunteer! I'm also an urban planning student at Pratt Institute and can help with any mapping or planning needs. Excited to help out and meet you folks!

Best
Ana.

March 20, 2013, 1:17 p.m.
Tanyth said

Just sign uo for now!
Spread the word we need volunteers! You can help us for now by just signing up as a future volunteer. Not any actual work just yet, ha, just send your contact info to our facebook: South 4th Community Gardenpage. Thanks. You will be helping us get closer to turning OUR empty lot into a beautiful garden.

March 19, 2013, 10:44 a.m.
tanyth said

We had great, positive and productive meetings with Diana Reyna's (our Council Women) office, Nuestros Ninos and the Community Board yesterday and feel we will have a lot of support to show for our application. Next stop the principle of the Harbor School.

March 17, 2013, 7:36 a.m.
Tanyth said

Great meeting yesterday! We discussed what's needed for our upcoming GreenThumb application deadline and decided to add more paths into the meadow area and to rearrange the plots somewhat to best serve our youth programming. Our friend David at Do Architecture has graciously been helping us with this. Thanks David.

It was agreed that providing space for the Nuestros Ninos daycare providers is important. Basically Nuestros Ninos daycare providers are local women who take care of preschool children (3 months-4 years old) in their homes and have very few options for outside places for children to play. We want to provide a safe, beautiful and natural week day lunch and play area for these women and children. We will be working on creating this possibility in the coming weeks and will be partnering with the Southside Community Garden (South 4th and Hewes) to make this happen.

We also discussed ways to make the new fence less of an eyesore!

All in all it was a very productive meeting that helped make our goals clearer.

This week we hope to have more landscape architecture consultations and to find more plant donations. Any suggestions?

March 15, 2013, 3:27 p.m.
Tanyth said

Reminder: Please come by Knife tomorrow at 12:30 to discuss the latest lot news.

Knife is on South Third around the corner from Keap street.

Also please "like" our South 4th Community Garden page on Facebook to lend your support and for all updates including photos!

Thanks,
Tanyth

March 13, 2013, 12:17 p.m.
Tanyth said

Hi All,

We are now posting on our FB book page:

South 4th Community Garden

Please like us to get updates and to see a potential garden design!

Also please come to our meeting this Saturday at 12:30 at Knife (S3 off Keap) to discuss design plans and to get the latest on our efforts.

Best,
Tanyth

March 6, 2013, 12:20 p.m.
Lizzie H said

Sounds exciting! I'd love to be a member and help out as much as I can. I'll be away from NYC June thru August this summer, unfortunately, but will be here through the spring to continue to help make the push.

March 5, 2013, 2:17 a.m.
Tanyth said

Hi All,

Great meeting yesterday with GreenThumb and GrowNYC so our lot has indeed been chosen to be part of the city's "Obesity Task Force" initiative which just means they will help A LOT (our lot haha) if they approve our application. As approved open space they would remove the asphalt, provide topsoil, mulch, a rainwater harvesting system , a shed, lumber, composting bins and shade structure for the meeting area. Basically we need to continue doing what we are doing to complete our application by March 23rd.

I do need to know who among you wants to be a member? We need committed individuals to go on record for the application. Members usually help get the garden going, maintain it and have access to it. Decisions about individual plots need to be made but think plots will be included in membership. Members may want to plan events or programming as well.

Additionally, I got to meet with the organizers from Southside Community Garden down the street who were very helpful and who may partner with us in the future volunteer wise and in other ways, a great idea I think.

So let me know you want to involved!!! If we get help from the city its up to us to build it otherwise it won't happen.

Lets meet Saturday the 16th at Knife at noon to discuss everything more.

I can't attend the Tuesday meeting this week.

Best Wishes,
Tanyth

Feb. 27, 2013, 10:27 a.m.
tanyth said

Hi All,

BIG news. Grow NYC (wwwgrownyc.org) is working with GreenThumb to establish a program on our lot and would like to work with us. I spoke to a contact there and told them about our plans and they seem to want to work with us. I believe we will meet on Monday. I want to make sure that the garden is open to everyone (not just the public school) and ensure we have input on the design that includes a meeting area an "wild space".

Thoughts. Please let me know.

Best,
Tanyth

Feb. 22, 2013, 10:09 a.m.
tanyth said

The tree service people just cut down the trees in the lot as I was speaking on the phone to GreenThumb. Although Green Thumb tried to help it was too late for anyone to do anything. I ran down to try and stop the workers with the chain saws but they didn't care and just wanted to get the job done.

Its a really sad thing to have happened when we are so close to getting on the lot. We will just have to plant some new trees!

Hope to see you tomorrow.

Tanyth

Feb. 21, 2013, 5:47 p.m.
Kara said

A fence is necessary -- see page 9-10 in guide here: http://greenthumbnyc.org/pdf/gardeners_handbook.pdf

Community gardens / garden members are on the hook for maintaining the garden (everything from keeping the fence in good shape to maintaining good-looking flower beds) and keeping it locked at night.

Feb. 21, 2013, 5:31 p.m.
"SouthThird said

And if a new garden/park is going in, there doesn't need to be a fence righ=
t?

Feb. 21, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
tanyth said

I will call Green Thumb in the morning!

Feb. 21, 2013, 5:25 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Call GreenThumb if you really think this isn't necessary!

Feb. 21, 2013, 5:24 p.m.
tanyth said

Hi All,

I just noticed and am really sad to report the city wants to take down the 5 or so trees around the lot so they can replace the fencing. I called 311 about it and will make more calls in the morning. Please let me know your thoughts ASAP.

In blooms,
Tanyth

Feb. 20, 2013, 7:40 a.m.
tanyth said

Hi All,

Happy to report we should have a drawing for our application early next week sometime. I will use the drawing to approach the community board and a few other folks who we need to get letters of support from. Please note the drawing is just that a drawing and not actual building plans. I know Lizzie H and Kara both have landscape architecture friends who have ideas and experience they want to share and think if possible we should all get together at our meeting at Knife this Saturday the 23rd at 12pm to talk about ideas. If you can confirm attendance before hand that would be great.

I hope at the meeting we can:

*work on our proposal

*create a garden name

Think that's it for now. See you Saturday.

Best Wishes,
Tanyth

Feb. 15, 2013, 2:44 p.m.
Tanyth said

Hi All,

I had a meeting this morning with an architect who will be drawing up plans for us for our March 10th deadline but would love to speak to other folks who are be interested in being involved. Thanks Lizzie! Lets all try to meet on the 23rd to discuss the details further. The plans that are being drawn up aren't set in stone by any means, just a proposal.

I plan to be at Knife this Tuesday at 6:30 as well if anyone wants to meet.

Best Wishes,
Tanyth

Feb. 15, 2013, 10:38 a.m.
Lizzie H said

Hey Tanyth! So nice to meet you last week.

I've been in touch with Annie Novak of Eagle Street community garden, who is interesting in helping us with our proposal and has agreed to reach out for help from a landscape architect as well.

I let her know about the meeting on the 23rd and haven't heard back yet.

My email is gensu33@hotmail.com.

Feb. 12, 2013, 8:39 a.m.
tanyth said

Hi All,

I won't be able to go to tonight's meeting at Knife. Next Tuesday I'll be there.

Best,
Tanyth

Feb. 10, 2013, 9:13 a.m.
Tanyth said

Hi All,

Good things came from our meeting although not everyone could make it Lizzie and I had a productive conversation and propose:

We will meet again at Knife on Saturday February the 23rd at noon.

Give the group the deadline of one month from today (March 10th) to have a plan/lay outdrawn up, write the proposal and gather our letters of support.

-During the next few weeks I hope to meet with landscape architects who want to volunteer their time to this project in the form of consultation and
a drawing.

-Draft a proposal.

-Collect letters of support. So far so good thus far we have the support of:

El Puente
Harbor School
Nuestros Ninos
New York United Day Care

This week I will go to the other schools and Councilwoman Diana Reyna's office.

-Schedule a meeting with 596 to check our progress and to make suggestions.

Please meet me this Tuesday at 6:30 at our standing meeting at Knife if you can.

That's it for now. Looking forward to our first blooms!

Best Wishes,
Tanyth

Feb. 8, 2013, 8:08 a.m.
Tanyth said

Hi All,

Just a reminder we are meeting tomorrow at Knife at noon.

Hopefully its just a short snowy trek for you.

Looking Forward.

Tanyth

Feb. 4, 2013, 5:29 p.m.
tanyth said

Hi All,

Just a reminder there are two meetings this week at Knife (South 3rd off Keap) . Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 and Saturday, February 9th at noon.

Hope to see you then.

Best,
Tanyth

Feb. 3, 2013, 1:34 p.m.
Lizzie H said

Hi all, I just recently started following this lot but would be very excited about getting involved. I probably can't make the Tuesday meeting on time, either, but will come along on Saturday if that happens, so please share an update on meeting time and location.

My private email, if useful, is gensu33@hotmail.com.

Jan. 31, 2013, 9:54 a.m.
lizzie said

Sorry I haven't been able to keep up with the meetings. I have some difficulty with evening meetings on the weekdays, but I can definitely do weekends and can join you all on the 9th. Looking forward to meeting everyone!!

Jan. 30, 2013, 11:48 a.m.
Tanyth said

Unfortunately, I can't meet later in the evenings (no babysitter, bedtime for baby etc and often go out of town on the weekends. I will be around next Saturday the 9th if that works. I propose an additional meeting for those unable to attend the Tuesday meetings to meet Saturday the 9th at noon and other times as needed. Sound good?

Jan. 30, 2013, 10:26 a.m.
Kara Hayward said

Hi all,

I will join if I can on Tuesday, but generally speaking, during the week it is difficult to me to get out of work before 7 / 7:30 during the week. If we can meet later during the week or perhaps on Saturdays / Sundays, that would be amazing.

Looking forward to meeting everyone,

Kara

Jan. 30, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
"SouthThird said

We are the Board of Directors for the 330 S. Street Co-op. We are so excite=
d, 1) for the action on this corner, and 2)to see that you guys are going t=
o be meeting at Knife, the new cafe in our storefront!

Jan. 30, 2013, 7:28 a.m.
Tanyth said

Sorry for the typos in my last note! there/thier etc . I'm rushing before my son gets up!

Jan. 30, 2013, 6:58 a.m.
Tanyth said

Hi All,

I want to update you with this good news.

*I got together with El Puente again. (They are so helpful!) They will let us have meetings at there Grand Street Space from time to time if need be and will translate letters/flyers into Spanish for us as well.

*The day care next to the lot will let us know about a water source, using hoses etc soon and seem very happy with the garden being there in general.

*The Harbor School will write us a letter of support.

*We may have a landscape architect interested in volunteering, actually two of them!

I would also like to propose a standing meeting every Tuesday evening at 6:30 at Knife the new cafe that has opened up on Keap off South Third. I will be there this Tuesday!!! On the agenda:

*I would like to discuss the idea of part of the lot being devoted to passerby. That is a natural space that changes through out the season. I think it would serve well the many children traveling to and from the 3 schools and 1 daycare in the one block radius of the lot never mind all the other residents. Many community gardens I feel have an air of exclusivity that only serves members I propose turning the lot into something EVERYONE can enjoy at least visually.

*The passerby part of the garden would a natural/wildish meadow type space with perennial wild flowers and grasses and some lovely "human interventions" like sunflowers.

*Discuss possibilities for the interior space. Teaching beds, a food forest, veggies etc.

That's all for now.

I look forward to seeing some of you Tuesday at 6:30.

Best,
Tanyth

Jan. 21, 2013, 7:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Our friend Keri, who is organizing a lot in Bushwick, got the following super encouraging information from an employee of Housing Preservation and Development:

this lot was planned as "open space" under urban renewal and once eligible for federal funds.

Who knows if this funding is still there but nonetheless, this is a great sign in terms of pursuing a GreenThumb license and even asking that the lot be transferred to the Parks Department. No construction is planned here according to Keri's source.

Want to speak to Keri? Email Keri Kroboth klkroboth@gmail.com.

Jan. 11, 2013, 9:37 a.m.
tanyth said

Hey Lizzie and John,

Last night got the ball rolling. We are on our way to transforming even if its just conceptually for now. I

I would love to meet you guys next week sometime and hear your thoughts about how much you would like to be involved even if its just an hour to clean the garbage out of there I would be grateful. Would Tuesday or Thursday after work be good for you guys?

Anybody else out there?

-Tanyth

Jan. 10, 2013, 10:10 a.m.
tanyth said

Just a reminder there is a meeting tonight,Thursday January 10th!!!

Looking forward to meeting everyone at the lot at 6:30pm

Anyone who is still interested in being involved who can't make it should contact me so we can arrange another meeting.

See you later.

Tanyth

Jan. 7, 2013, 12:20 p.m.
tanyth berkeley said

Great! Lets all meet at the lot at 6:30 to meet to discuss a few details about how to go forward.

-Tanyth

Jan. 7, 2013, 11:25 a.m.
John said

I would be interested in meeting as well, but would only be available
Thursday early evening (6:30 would also work for me).

Jan. 7, 2013, 11:17 a.m.
Kara Noelle said

I can come on Thursday if we do an evening meeting -- let me know if something ~6:30 would work.

Jan. 7, 2013, 8:44 a.m.
Tanyth Berkeley said

Hello All,

I would love to get going with turning this lot into a garden! Can any of you meet this Thursday afternoon? If not let me know when you are available.

Lets get this lot ready to plant for Spring!

Tanyth

Oct. 23, 2012, 5:06 p.m.
tanyth berkeley said

Meeting !!!!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Come to El Puente, Here's an excerpt from their invite to host a meeting for details.

Let's have a check-in meeting on our vacant lots organizing in the neighborhood! A number of you have taken the lead on your sites of interest, and moved forward on researching and calling HPD.

Date: Monday, October 29th, 2012
Time: 6:30pm
Location: El Puente CHE, 289 Grand Street (between Roebling and Driggs)

At our meeting in August, we discussed the sites below, and agreed to strategize about how many sites, collectively, we'd like to support and try to gain access to by spring 2013. Organizers/leaders have emerged for the sites below:


  • S. 4th and Keap St. (Tanyth Berkeley, Sono Osato)

  • Bedford and S. 2nd/S. 3rd (Workers Justice Project)

  • 239 Grand St. (Maria Cay)

  • Bushwick (site TBD) (Patrina Huff)

Other sites were discussed as well (Division and Driggs; Division and Bedford; S. 5th and Berry); let me know is you are taking the lead on one of those sites!

At the meeting on Monday, let's:
Share where we've gotten in our research/calls so far
Outline the next steps we can all take
Whether we want to go for all the lots above, or consolidate our efforts)
Creating a plan/concept for each site, an identity, and a unique list of gardeners/organizers
Getting broader support for our efforts
Start to create a license agreement we can all use (based on 596 Acres' model)
Get more people involved! Invite your neighbors, etc.

Hope to see you.

-Tanyth

Oct. 23, 2012, 3:57 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We got this note today from Tanyth Berkeley.
I talked to HPD about the lot (s) on South 4th and they said I should contact Green Thumb! There are no current plans for the lot.

Oct. 8, 2012, 11:05 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

Oct. 8, 2012, 11:05 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

Sept. 3, 2012, 6:55 p.m.
John Egan Preston said

I'm a local resident that recently became aware of this community page for the lot on S. 4th. I would like to volunteer my time to help.

Is there a central point of contact for the volunteers that I could reach out to?

jepreston@gmail.com

Sept. 3, 2012, 6:54 p.m.
John Egan Preston said

I'm a local resident that recently became aware of this community page for the lot on S. 4th. I would like to volunteer my time to help.

Is there a central point of contact for the volunteers that I could reach out to?

jepreston@gmail.com

Aug. 16, 2012, 10:08 a.m.
Tanyth Berkeley said

Today August 16th

Wish I could go to this!!!!

Brooklyn: El Puente's Green Light District will be hosting a community meeting TODAY, Thursday, August 16, to strategize around vacant lots on Williamsburg's Southside: Keap Street & South 4th, Brooklyn, South 5th Street & Berry, Brooklyn, 375 South 5th Street and others! Please RSVP to greenlightdistrict@elpuente.us, or via phone at 347 532-2809. Hope to see you there, bring your ideas, strategies, and resources! The meeting will be at Espiritu Tierra Community Garden, S. 2nd St. (between Roebling and Driggs) at 6:30pm (Host: Anusha Venkataraman, Acting Director of the Green Light District).

Aug. 10, 2012, 5:34 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, 5:32 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, 5:31 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, 5:31 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. 2, 2012, 1:04 p.m.
Tanyth Berkeley said

I'm the organizer for this lot but have't done much yet. I have been out of town and will be returning in September. The local group http://elpuente.us/ has an interest in this lot and I hope to have a talk with them soon. If eventually this group and or El Puente decides to seek a license through Green Thumb, it will likely need to produce the following documents:
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2 Primary gardeners + (at least) a list of ten volunteers (full contact info);



A letter from the Community Board in support of the project/group (you can link to the democracy map from any lot see which district and who represents each area)



A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden; and



A letter from 596 Acres.


Thats is t for now,

Tanyth

Aug. 2, 2012, 12:03 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We got this note from a neighbor today:

"I'm a long term resident in that hood. Live one block away. For years I envisioned a community garden. Even discussed it with a city worker in passing who was adamant that it be raised beds due to the known toxicity of the area. (foot of W Bridge BQE, JMZ train, a rough history etc). I was walking by it again today and having those thoughts and I saw your sign! What a delight! You read my mind and thanks for spotting it and facilitating with info.

I don't have a ton of time to volunteer, but I am linked into the immediate neighborhood, garden and compost myself, and my next door neighbor keeps chickens and is of the like mind of urban farming.

It's Brooklyn Lot 2436 Lot 10. I know because you ID'd it for me.

What do I do straight up? Instruct me. I don't know if I can take on being the point person. I run a biz as an organizer and am managing alot of projects already. But I can contact the owners of that open piece of land and talk to peeps in the hood. Maybe organize alittle.

Guide me.

And THANK YOU!"

July 10, 2012, 11:21 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

There are 4 people watching this lot (and another one watching the lot next to it)!

Neat! It would be great if everyone who knows anything about the city's or the community's plans for it would write a note. You don't have to reveal your name but a note is a great way to share information with the rest of the folks who are engaged here. When you write your note, everyone will get an email - just like you just got!

If you want to know more about this lot, you can call the city agency listed on the lot's page to ask them about it. Here are some tips for your phone call: http://596acres.org/en/resources/advocacy-resources/"

July 10, 2012, 11:19 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This lot is contiguous with http://596acres.org/en/lot/3024360120/

July 10, 2012, 11:18 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This lot is contiguous with http://596acres.org/en/lot/3024360020/.

March 1, 2012, 10:19 p.m.
Oksana said

This lot is owned by HPD. Visit http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/my_community.jsp to view any open Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the lot.

March 1, 2012, 10:04 p.m.
Oksana said

This lot is owned by HPD. Visit http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/my_community.jsp to view any open Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the lot.