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South Brooklyn Children's Garden

Information about this lot

There are 2 lots grouped here:
  • Brooklyn block 329, lot 38 (202 COLUMBIA STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 329, lot 39 (204 COLUMBIA STREET). More details at OASIS.
Known Use: community green space
Address: 204 COLUMBIA STREET, Brooklyn, 11231
Area: 0.08 acres (3633 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 39 represented by Brad S. Lander
Community District Brooklyn 6 ( info@brooklyncb6.org / 718-643-3027 ), district manager: Craig Hammerman
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)
Contact: GreenThumb Deputy Director Carlos Martinez ((212) 602-5329 / Carlos.Martinez@parks.nyc.gov)

Urban Renewal

These lots are part of the Columbia Street urban renewal plan.

Steward

This land is being stewarded by the following group:

News feed

Dec. 29, 2015, 9:35 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!

April 19, 2013, 3:58 p.m.
Richard at 596 Acres said

Here's a story hyping the Worm Fest this weekend:

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130419/columbia-street-waterfront-district/worms-wiggle-first-festival-for-columbia-street-childrens-garden

Way to go go SBCG!

Aug. 15, 2012, 8:32 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

SOUTH BROOKLYN CHILDREN’S GARDEN OPENS AUGUST 2012

Vacant Lot on the Corner of Sacket and Columbia Streets in Columbia Street Waterfront District, Brooklyn will be Transformed into a Children’s Garden
(August 15, 2012) -- Members of the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden (SBCG) will gather on Saturday, August 18th to clean up the lot and create dedicated space for a vegetable garden for neighborhood families to come together and enjoy. The goal is to create a community space where children can learn about gardening, composting, water harvesting and general ecology, and hopefully develop a connection to our food sources.

Given that much of this season is over, the infrastructure development and planting plans have been scaled back for 2012. Nevertheless, the goal is to plant a range of vegetables on Saturday 8/18 and/or Sunday 8/19, including arugula, beets, carrots, radishes, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and peas. We will also be setting up rain-water harvesting and composters.

The garden will be functioning at 100% capacity as of the 2013 growing season. In addition to a wide variety of plants and vegetables, there will be a range of educational programs for neighborhood children and local schools. Children will learn about gardening, plants, composting, and can participate in planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, turning the compost, and watering plants. The crops will center on children learning how to grow plants, what makes them healthy, and how it supports the local ecosystem/environment.

Special thanks to Green Thumb; the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; and Senator Daniel Squadron for their ongoing support to make this initiative a reality. Additional thanks go Build It Green NYC Big Blooms program for their donation of wood and to Dell’s Cherries for donating plastic barrels for composting and rain-water harvesting.

We welcome donations of garden tools including, rakes, shovels, trowels and wheel barrows, as well as soil, garden hoses, etc. Please contact info.sbcg@gmail.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Samantha Hoover
Founding Member, South Brooklyn Children’s Garden
info.sbcg@gmail.com

Aug. 10, 2012, 12:09 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We got this note today -- "South Brooklyn Children's Garden is open as of 18 August in our original location: Sackett and Columbia. We have a work day with our members and community volunteers on Saturday 18 August and we are all very excited about moving ahead. Thank you for your support through this process."

Aug. 10, 2012, 12:09 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

We got this note today -- "South Brooklyn Children's Garden is open as of 18 August in our original location: Sackett and Columbia. We have a work day with our members and community volunteers on Saturday 18 August and we are all very excited about moving ahead. Thank you for your support through this process."

March 24, 2012, 9:33 a.m.
Paula Z. Segal said

This lot is contiguous with 204 Columbia. http://596acres.org/lot/3003290038/ There's a community group working to organize both into a children's garden. Go to the page for 204 for details.

March 24, 2012, 9:33 a.m.
Paula Z. Segal said

202!

March 24, 2012, 9:32 a.m.
Paula Z. Segal said

This lot is contiguous with 204 Columbia. http://596acres.org/lot/3003290038/

There's a community group working to organize both into a children's garden. Go to the page for 204 for details.

March 1, 2012, 10:52 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, 10:03 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. 2, 2012, 6:56 p.m.
Paula Z. Segal said

There is a community organizing here. Check out www.southbrooklynchildrensgarden.org

Recent press, too:
http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2012/01/columbia-street-residents-looks-to-transform-lot/?stream=true

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