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Patchen Community Square

Information about this lot

There are 2 lots grouped here:
  • Brooklyn block 1652, lot 38 ( PATCHEN AVENUE). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
  • Brooklyn block 1652, lot 39 ( PATCHEN AVENUE). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
Known Use: community green space
Address: PATCHEN AVENUE, Brooklyn, 11221
Area: 0.12 acres (5097 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 36 represented by Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
Community District Brooklyn 3 ( bk03@cb.nyc.gov / 718-622-6601 ), district manager: Henry Butler
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.

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

patchensquare@gmail.com

Patchen Avenue Block Association and its community plans to utilize the vacant land parcel at Patchen Avenue and Putnam to create a garden and small play area.

Our community residents are coming together to create a garden and play area would be a great educational and preservation tool. It would also provide a place for younger children to interact with their peers in a safe and protected environment. Having both a garden and play area is remarkable place to encourage and cultivate hands-on interactive, kinesthetic, multi-sensory environmental learning. The garden and play area would also create community unity, community integrity, better community health and community pride.

News feed

Aug. 27, 2016, 6:12 p.m.
Mara @ 596 Acres uploaded
Here's the letter of support that Brooklyn CB3 wrote to HPD in April 2012 in support of a community garden on the then-vacant lot The CB's request was heeded: Patchen Community Square became an official community-stewarded garden through an interim use agreement with HPD in May 2012, and a permanent part of our commons at the end of 2015 when the land was transferred from HPD to NYC Parks!
Dec. 29, 2015, 9:24 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Thanks to amazing organizing by gardeners and supporters, this community space was taken off the list of potential development sites and TRANSFERRED TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TODAY!

Jan. 16, 2015, 5:09 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This site was included in a list of sites that developers are being asked to apply to build housing on by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. (seehttp://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/NIHOP-NCP-RFQ.shtml).

The list was published on January 14, 2015 and developers' responses are due on February 20, 2015. The fact that this site was included DOES NOT necessarily mean that housing will be developed here, but it does me that HPD is encouraging housing development and is not likely to consider other uses for the time being. If no one applies for this site, it may again be available in March!

The list and RFQ are products of HPD, under the direction of the Mayor's office. Development is not certain - this is simply a request for developers to apply to become qualified to build in these sites.

This site has been slated for a rental housing program: 15-30 units of housing going to people making less than 165% of the Area Median Income (AMI); this means rents in these units could be more than $3,000. per month for a family of four.

This article sums things up pretty well (and has the voices of folks from across the 596 Acres network):http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150116/morningside-heights/community-gardens-threatened-by-de-blasios-affordable-housing-plan

You can let your City Council member, the mayor's office and HPD know if you have feedback about the program or the selection of this site.

April 17, 2014, 11:47 a.m.
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Dec. 16, 2013, 12:40 p.m.
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Dec. 16, 2013, 12:39 p.m.
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Dec. 16, 2013, 12:37 p.m.
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Oct. 30, 2013, 11:28 a.m.
Alison said

We will be having TWO meetings for the spring season and for individuals
wanting an individual bed for next year. If you want your own bed, you
MUST attend ONE of these meetings
. Meetings will be held in the garden and
the dates are: Saturday, Nov 9 at 2pm and Weds, Nov 13 at 7:30pm

Below are the items that we will be discussing and we will vote on the
rules regarding individual beds. Please let me know if you have any
questions/comments


  1. Resign license

  2. Individual beds

    • must plant by June 1

    • one plot per family

    • $30/ season

    • 16 hours group volunteer hours required before fall. If hours are uncompleted, you will lose your plot for next year.

    • responsible for own soil. We might get some donated up to 4 bags/bed, but this is not guarenteed



  3. Picking up BIG! lumber for garden bedsdose anyone have access to a flatbed truck? Alternatively, we need someone to drive a rental who has personal insurance

  4. Compost

    • shout out about buckets/lids

    • get people started

    • take trip to visit other compost (plan for)



  5. Other proposals for next year

    • classes (herbs, canning, etc)

    • mural - kyiesha



 

Also, we have a new herb page on our websitehttp://patchensquare.com/herbs/thanks to Andrea Karo and the class she held recently.
Our Halloween Hunt will be Thursday from 6-8pm

Aug. 30, 2012, 9:11 p.m.
Alexis said

Work Day this Saturday - September 1st.
9am - 3pm
More info:
http://www.facebook.com/events/483729258318259/

May 29, 2012, 9:55 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

REMINDER: Now that we have 4 groups that have gotten official access to their lots in the 596 Acres network, we are thinking about how to make our online tools useful for the next stage of local organizing. As members of one of these groups -- this means useful for you! How can we add features to our website that let you better use the 596 Acres network to improve your work? Come tell us!

We are hosting a conversation on Thursday, May 31 at 5:30pm at The Commons (388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn). We'll provide some snacks and post it notes. We really want to hear from you! Please RSVP to tell us you can make it. Also please share this invitation with your group -- we'd love to hear from everyone from leaders to casual volunteers!

May 15, 2012, 4:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Now that we have 4 groups that have gotten official access to their lots in the 596 Acres network, we are thinking about how to make our online tools useful for the next stage of local organizing. As members of one of these groups -- this means useful for you! How can we add features to our website that let you better use the 596 Acres network to improve your work? Come tell us!

We are hosting a conversation on Thursday, May 31 at 5:30pm at The Commons (388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn). We'll provide some snacks and post it notes. We really want to hear from you! Please RSVP to tell us you can make it.

May 11, 2012, 11:44 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

HPD said YES! You guys are official.

May 2, 2012, 10:49 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Hi guys!

I've been contacted by a producer at BRIC TV who wants to do a story about 596 Acres. I thought it might be nice to bring them to your workday on Saturday to film a site getting started. What do you think?

I was thinking we would be there at noon or so.

BRIC is community TV in the purest sense of the words: http://www.bricartsmedia.org/community-media

Email me directly to let me know what you think!

May 1, 2012, 5:58 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

http://patchensquare.com/volunteer-day-may-5th-10am-4pm/

April 24, 2012, 10:39 a.m.
Alison said

The Website is up and running now! http://patchensquare.com/

April 23, 2012, 6:32 p.m.
Katrin said

Hey! I live over on DeKalb and would love to help out on this project. I see there's a Google group, so I'll request membership there. Looking forward to getting involved!

April 15, 2012, 8:54 p.m.
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March 29, 2012, 12:28 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

GreenThumb is ready to consider an application from this group. Who wants to be the contact for them? Email 596acres@gmail.com to let us know and we'll do an e-introduction.

March 26, 2012, 2:15 p.m.
Paula Z. Segal said

Now -- a google group!

http://groups.google.com/group/putnam-patchen

March 26, 2012, 10:44 a.m.
Alexis said

On Sunday March 25, Alison went by the lot to clean up as scheduled at 11. Alexis and Alison met after and are planning a next word day and meeting for Sunday, April 15th.

March 23, 2012, 12:17 p.m.
Alexis Bhagat said

osiris -- is this Ozzy!?

March 23, 2012, 10:08 a.m.
Paula Z. Segal said

Post pictures!

March 18, 2012, 6:08 p.m.
Alexis said

Alison and I met there today at 11. We cleaned up much of the garbage in the lot. We also met two neighbors - Dan and Kyeisha - who live at the corner. We're all meeting there again next Sunday - March 25 - at 11am.

March 13, 2012, 9:29 a.m.
Selly F. said

This lot is a space that we can turn around with the help of our neighbors!

Just think how wonderful it would be to turn patchen ave and see color, beauty and vibrant flowers and vegetation, replacing the garbage and emptiness currently in existence.

I care about my neighborhood and will put myself to work to prove it! Looking forward....

March 7, 2012, 11:30 p.m.
Melissa Danielle said

If you are watching this lot, please head over to http://596acres.org/lot/3016520039/ as the conversation that includes this lot is over on the other one.

Two lots in one place, everybody stays in the loop.

March 6, 2012, 8:04 p.m.
Alexis Bhagat said

Hi. I just found out about the Sunday meeting on Monday. I would have loved to have met you. Please let me know about next meeting. It will be wonderful to see more gardening in this lot.

March 4, 2012, 6:44 p.m.
Melissa Danielle said

Paula, J.R., Sam and I hung up container pansies on the fence. If you'd like to add your own fence beautification element, feel free. We'd like to bring attention to the lot and get more folks on board.

March 4, 2012, 6:42 p.m.
someone posted
Today, Paula, J.R., and Sam (teenager!) cut, potted, and strung up plastic bottle containers of pansies to the fence. Stay tuned for updates!
March 4, 2012, 3:01 p.m.
Paula Z. said

Bring any empty plastic bottles you have to today's meeting. Also, some string or wire or fishing line if you have. We're gonna pansie up tha fence!

March 2, 2012, 8:19 p.m.
Melissa Danielle said

If you are around on Sunday stop by the lot for introductions and a chat at 4pm.

March 1, 2012, 10:24 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.

Feb. 24, 2012, 5 p.m.
Oksana said

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

Feb. 22, 2012, 9:33 p.m.
Sarah Bourque said

I'd be happy to help get this going. An empty space could be used for positive things while it's just sitting there for another ten years.

Feb. 17, 2012, 3:43 p.m.
Melissa Danielle said

Jack Hammer's office has informed me that this lot and the adjacent lot 38 are part of a housing development project and will be scheduled for development when the financing becomes available.

It's been vacant for all the years I've been here (almost ten), and would probably be vacant for another ten, so if there's a chance to get a hold of these properties, we really have to organize and act.

It was presented that the lot could be used temporarily until building is set to begin, but who really wants to invest in a project to see it bulldozed?