Information about this lot
Brooklyn block 1342, lot 3 (91 SCHENECTADY AVENUE). More details at OASIS.New York Garden Trust / New York Restoration Project (private)
Brooklyn block 1342, lot 4 (89 SCHENECTADY AVENUE). More details at OASIS.IMANI COMMUNITY,HOUSI (private)
Brooklyn block 1342, lot 5 (87 SCHENECTADY AVENUE). More details at OASIS.New York Garden Trust / New York Restoration Project (private)
Why is this lot here?
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This land is being stewarded by the following group:
Imani Community Garden is the subject of Paula Segal's editorial "CityViews: Stop the Tax-Lien Sales That Will Destroy Community Gardens" published by CityLimits on May 10, 2016: http://citylimits.org/2016/05/10/cityviews-stop-the-tax-lien-sale-that-will-destroy-a-community-garden/
This is it: our last best chance to save Imani I and the weeping willow tree! CM Cornegy has graciously agreed to meet with garden members on Saturday January 30th at 10 AM at 1360 Fulton Street, Suite 500 between NY Ave and Brooklyn Ave in Restoration Plaza.
Let's meet in the lobby at 9:45 AM and go in as a group.
The Attorney General has so far refused to step in but, through the Charities Bureau, the AG has the responsibility to protect non-profit groups, such as Imani Revitalization, which lost the garden's middle lot. We are hopeful that with enough pressure from the community and it's elected officials, the AG will step in and file a lawsuit challenging the foreclosure.
You should know that there is an inquest (a trial at which only the owner is represented) slated for February 10th in Housing Court at which most likely an eviction order will be issued. As per the judge in Housing Court, the best way to have the eviction stopped is to file a suit in Supreme Court to have the sale vacated, that is, cancelled.
If you care about Imani, the willow tree and the chicken coop, plan on being at this meeting.
Imani Community Garden is at risk of being divided! The garden was nearly bulldozed in 2000 and only preserved because the New York Restoration Project purchased 2 of the 3 lots the garden is on from a City auction in 2000. These two lots are on either side of another lot that belongs to a not-for-profit organization and has since been sold without the approval from the Attorney General.
Now, the purchaser of the middle lot threatened to cut the garden into thirds by putting up fences and locking the huge willow tree away. To find out ways to support, email email@example.com or call 718-496-5139.
Options include: having the garden lot bought back through donations, the City buying it or a reversal of the sale by the Attorney General. Other ideas welcome!
I have referred the referee sale to the Attorney General's Charities Bureau.