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Bronx block 2, lot 9; block 2519, lot 32; block 2520, lot 19

Information about this lot

There are 3 lots grouped here:
  • Bronx, unmapped lot #9 ().
    New York City Department of Transportation (public)
  • Bronx block 2519, lot 32 (WEST 169 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Bronx block 2520, lot 19 (1340 NELSON AVENUE). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
Address: (street address unknown), Bronx
Area: 0.47 acres (20667 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 16 represented by Vanessa L. Gibson
Community District Bronx 4 ( bx04@cb.nyc.gov / 718-299-0800 ), district manager: Paul A. Philps
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

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News feed

Sept. 5, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
Yahoo said

Hi Shannon, hope you are doing well, =C2=A0I will call you tomorrow wednes=
day between 11&11:30

Aug. 3, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
shannon uploaded
Letter of Support (template)
Aug. 3, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
shannon uploaded
Holistic Health and Wellness Garden sketch Received from Dian Hawkins, June 21, 2017
Aug. 3, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
shannon uploaded
Holistic Health and Wellness Garden Project Overview Developed by Dian Hawkins, June 21, 2017
Aug. 2, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

this group ought to get together soon to decide on next steps based on the move that the Council Member brought to the NYS Assembly which will alienate the parkland on W 169th between Nelson and Shakespeare Aves, where this garden was going to be, to build housing. Here's the update (from our June 29 Newsletter):

Highbridge, Bronx – The Holistic Health and Wellness Garden team has been organizing for access to a vacant public lot on W 169th between Nelson and Shakespeare Aves. This land is already in the inventory of NYC Parks; the city planned a park here back in the 1990s but instead it continues sitting locked and abandoned. This week, the group found out about a New York State bill, A08422 (read it at http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A08422&term=2017&Summary=Y&Memo=Y) that would “alienate” the site so the city can sell it to an affordable housing developer. The NYS legislature is out for the rest of the year, so the group has time to strategize about next steps! If you want in on this conversation, email dian.organizecflot@gmail.com or sign up to Organize here: livinglotsnyc.org/lot/59053/

Stay tuned for next steps.

May 25, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

updated name for the community garden neighbors are planning for W169th Street: Health and Wellness Garden!

May 23, 2017, 6:27 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

I got a call from Dian today! She is reaching out to the Community Board to see about getting on the agenda to present their plan for Health and Wealth Garden. Does the CB want the group to present first to the full board, or a smaller committee?

With the sketch and mission statement nearly finalized (which Sabeena can share when she's back from travels), and plenty of stewards in on the project, the proposal is nearly done!

Once we set a target date for presenting for the CB's approval, we can also schedule the next planning meeting to finalize the proposal.

Dian is also working on improving the letter of support to be stronger. Once it's ready, she and neighbors will see which local groups want to sign it. If we can find that out before next group meeting, we can finalize those letters when we meet then, too.

Onwards!

May 23, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
mara at 596 acres posted
health and wealth garden meeting on may 6!
health and wealth garden meeting on may 6!
April 28, 2017, 4:01 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Got this awesome email from Sabeena yesterday detailing what happened at last meeting, and the plan for the next one:

Hello and hope you are well!

First, THANK YOU to all who were able to attend our meeting this past Saturday! We were successful in reviewing our garden plan and choosing a group name the key terms of our mission statement. At the end of the meeting, we were able to go outside and view the lots from behind and take photos.

We are now the Health and Wealth Garden Group and will use our park and garden to Rejuvenate, Revitalize, and Educate.

Thanks to Dian, we have almost 300 individual signatures! Next, we need endorsements from local businesses and community groups!

The endorsement letter template attached in English and in Spanish. Please visit to local businesses (Bodegas, churches, childcare centers, stores), give them a quick overview of our garden plans and ask them to fill out the letter and bring it to our next meeting.

Our next meeting is at 1pm on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 1314 Nelson Avenue in the Community Room!

We will:
Look at and discuss the incredible garden and park plans (still finalizing the sketches, update to come!)
Organize our endorsements
Finalize our name and mission
Plan our presentation for the community board and Green Thumb.
(Also, there will be snacks! 🍿🍪🍶)

The flyer for the meeting is attached. Please print one out and post it in your building! Tell your neighbors and friends! If you have questions or cannot attend but have endorsements or want your comments shared at the meeting, please contact:

Dian: (929) 575-3438
Sabeena: (914) 263-2454
Email: dian.organizeCflot@gmail.com
Website: www.livinglotsnyc.org/lot/59053/

Thanks and see you on May 6th!

Sabeena 🌱🐔🌻

April 27, 2017, 3:40 p.m.
Sabeena posted
We have a meeting coming up!
We have a meeting coming up! Our next meeting is 1pm on May 6th 2017 at 1314 Nelson Ave in the community room!
April 24, 2017, 11 a.m.
mara at 596 acres posted
Health and Wealth Garden team on Earth Day (last Saturday)
Health and Wealth Garden team on Earth Day (last Saturday) "Rejuvenate, revitalize, educate" ! Onwards!
April 20, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
Sabeena posted
We're having a meeting this Saturday 4/22/17 at 1pm at 1314 Nelson Avenue in the community room. We will talk about our garden/park designs, choose a group name, and write a mission statement. Hope to see you there!
April 18, 2017, 12:13 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Meeting to plan the park and garden This Saturday, April 22 (EARTH DAY!) at 1pm, 1314 Nelson Ave, Bronx. See you there!

March 29, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
Alicia posted
March 15, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Dian Hawkins said

Dian Hawkins NEW CONTACT information:

Cell: 347 567 8896
929 350 2961
email: dian.organizeCflot@gmail.com

March 15, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Dian Hawkins said

Dian Hawkins NEW CONTACT information:

Cell: 347 567 8896
929 350 2961
email: dian.organizeCflot@gmail.com

March 15, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Dian Hawkins said

Dian Hawkins NEW CONTACT information:

Cell: 347 567 8896
929 350 2961
email: dian.organizeCflot@gmail.com

March 15, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Alicia@596acres said

Join community members for a Corporal Fischer visioning meeting on Saturday, March 18th at 1pm at 1275 Nelson Ave! We will be going over ideas for a community garden and active park, including survey feedback and preliminary designs.

Dec. 20, 2016, 11:17 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Since two of these warehoused public lots are already in Parks inventory, the City would need to alienate them first if it wants to develop anything other than open space on them.

What is alienation?

In order to convey parkland to a nonpublic entity, or to use parkland for another purpose, a municipality must receive prior authorization from the State in the form of legislation enacted by the New York State Legislature and approved by the Governor. “Once land has been dedicated to use as a park, it cannot be diverted for uses other than recreation, in whole or in part, temporarily or permanently, even for another public purpose, without legislative approval.” United States v. City of New York, 96 F.Supp.2d 195, 202 (E.D.N.Y. 2000). This clear law has been applied consistently since 1871.

The question is: what is parkland?

The term “dedicated” is often used in referring to municipal parkland subject to State alienation requirements. Common phrases include “lands dedicated for park purposes” and “dedicated parklands.” The dedication of parkland may be formal through an official act by the governing body of the municipality.

Dedication can also be implied. This may occur through actions which demonstrate that the government considers the land to be parkland or the public used it as a park. Examples include: a municipality publicly announcing its intention to purchase the lands specifically for use as a park, “master planning” for recreational purposes, budgeting for park purposes, or “mapping” lands as parkland. Kenny v. Board of Trustees of Village of Garden City, 735 N.Y.S.2d 606, 607 (App. Div. 2nd 2001)(property acquired for recreational purposes and used for recreation was instilled with public trust even though never officially dedicated).

Dec. 10, 2016, 9:50 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Here is testimony about this lot from the Dec 1 City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation Hearing on Parks Department Properties Currently Inaccessible to the Public!

Dian's: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Dian_Hawkins_Inaccessible_Parks_Properties_Testimony_Dec_1_2016.pdf
Sabeena's: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Sabeena_Prescod_Inaccessible_Parks_Properties_Testimony_Dec_1_2016.pdf
Sharon's: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Sharon_Griffin_Inaccessible_Parks_Properties_Testimony_Dec_1_2016.pdf
Steven's: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Steven_Jackson_Inaccessible_Parks_Properties_Testimony_Dec_1_2016.pdf
Alix's: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Testimony_for_Inaccessible_Parks_Hearing_120416.pdf

Here's the blog post on the hearing on 596 Acres' website: 596acres.org/inaccessible-parks-properties/#cpl-fischer-park

The video of the hearing is posted here: http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=516682&GUID=1AE07C53-11EC-4BAD-8A8E-BEC0FDA88B9B&Search=

Here are the time marks where everyone goes on: Dian Hawkins (02:07:23), Sabeena Prescod (02:11:40), Sharon Griffin (written only), Steven Jackson (written only), and Alix Fellman of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (03:15:56)

Dec. 9, 2016, 10:09 p.m.
Sabeena posted
Corporal Fischer Park Vision Meeting!
Corporal Fischer Park Vision Meeting! Our next meeting is Saturday December 17th at 3:00pm in the Community Room of 1314 Nelson Ave! We hope you can join and share what YOU would like to see happen with these lots!
Dec. 9, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
Sabeena uploaded
Corporal Fischer Park Vision Meeting! Our next meeting is Saturday December 17th at 3:00pm in the Community Room of 1314 Nelson Ave! We hope you can join and share what YOU would like to see happen with these lots!
Dec. 8, 2016, 9:24 p.m.
mara at 596 acres uploaded
Steven Jackson's testimony about this lot at December 1 City Council Committee on Parks and Rec Hearing on Inaccessible Parks Dept Properties http://596acres.org/inaccessible-parks-properties legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=516682&GUID=1AE07C53-11EC-4BAD-8A8E-BEC0FDA88B9B&Search=
Dec. 8, 2016, 9:22 p.m.
mara at 596 acres uploaded
Sharon Griffin's testimony about this lot at December 1 City Council Committee on Parks and Rec Hearing on Inaccessible Parks Dept Properties http://596acres.org/inaccessible-parks-properties legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=516682&GUID=1AE07C53-11EC-4BAD-8A8E-BEC0FDA88B9B&Search=
Dec. 8, 2016, 9:21 p.m.
Mara at 596 Acres uploaded
Sabeena Prescod's testimony about this lot at December 1 City Council Committee on Parks and Rec Hearing on Inaccessible Parks Dept Properties http://596acres.org/inaccessible-parks-properties Watch at the 2:11:40 mark of the video here: legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=516682&GUID=1AE07C53-11EC-4BAD-8A8E-BEC0FDA88B9B&Search=
Dec. 8, 2016, 9:19 p.m.
Mara at 596 Acres uploaded
Dian Hawkin's testimony about this lot at December 1 City Council Committee on Parks and Rec Hearing on Inaccessible Parks Dept Properties http://596acres.org/inaccessible-parks-properties Watch at the 02:07:23 mark of the video here: legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=516682&GUID=1AE07C53-11EC-4BAD-8A8E-BEC0FDA88B9B&Search=
Nov. 28, 2016, 11:25 p.m.
mara at 596 acres posted
Flier for this Wednesday's organizing meeting!
Flier for this Wednesday's organizing meeting! From organizecflot@gmail.com this morning: Good morning, Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! We are organizing the vacant lot at Corporal Fischer Park and plan to turn it into community garden that has real community-wide participation with youth and elder involvement. Our first meeting is this Wednesday, November 30th at 2:00pm at 'The New Friendly Daycare Center' 1278 Nelson Ave (at 169th Street). It will last approximately 30 minutes and include a short tour of the area that we wish to transform. We respectfully ask you to attend. Please pass this message along to anyone who may be interested. Please RSVP as soon as possible, and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. Kind regards, The Community Organizers of CPL Park 🌱
Nov. 28, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Mara at 596 Acres uploaded
Template you can use to prepare written and oral testimony for Dec 1 Oversight Hearing on this inaccessible parks department land Also here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17nrvXnD-0YLXXvKTyj5K-lx-svVMq4XJR2zd90e6x9w/edit?usp=sharing
Nov. 28, 2016, 8:29 a.m.
Mara at 596 Acres uploaded
Template you can use to prepare written and oral testimony for Dec 1 Oversight Hearing on this inaccessible parks department land Also here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17nrvXnD-0YLXXvKTyj5K-lx-svVMq4XJR2zd90e6x9w/edit?usp=sharing
Nov. 26, 2016, 11:32 p.m.
Mara at 596 Acres said

Neighbors interested in the future of this land are meeting next Wednesday, November 30 at 2pm at New Friendly Daycare, 2178 Nelson Ave in the Bronx to plan! We will prepare to testify at the City Council Oversight Hearing called "An Examination of Parks Department Properties Currently Inaccessible to the Public." Organizers working to gain access to parkland in other NYC neighborhoods are invited to join at 3pm to prepare testimony together. The hearing is on the next day: Thursday, December 1, 1pm at City Hall.

Nov. 26, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Mara at 596 Acres said

Neighbors interested in the future of this land are meeting next Wednesday, November 30 at 2pm at New Friendly Daycare, 2178 Nelson Ave in the Bronx to plan! We will prepare to testify at the City Council Oversight Hearing called "An Examination of Parks Department Properties Currently Inaccessible to the Public." Organizers working to gain access to parkland in other NYC neighborhoods are invited to join at 3pm to prepare testimony together. The hearing is on the next day: Thursday, December 1, 1pm at City Hall.

Nov. 17, 2016, 11:10 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Tell City Council about the NYC Parks Property You Are Organizing at a Hearing on December 1 at the Oversight Hearing called "An Examination of Parks Department Properties Currently Inaccessible to the Public." It will be at 1pm at City Hall.

Email organizers@596acres to let us know you are coming and if you want help preparing your testimony!

Nov. 17, 2016, 11:10 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Tell City Council about the NYC Parks Property You Are Organizing at a Hearing on December 1 at the Oversight Hearing called "An Examination of Parks Department Properties Currently Inaccessible to the Public." It will be at 1pm at City Hall.

Email organizers@596acres to let us know you are coming and if you want help preparing your testimony!

Sept. 24, 2016, 3:20 p.m.
Dian said

hay Alex, thanks for the update

Sept. 23, 2016, 10:53 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

The Draft Scope of Work for the Jerome Avenue Rezoning includes the following great changes for these lots:

"To facilitate the development of Corporal Fischer ParkCity:


  1. Map Block2520, Lot19 as parkland. This city-owned parcel is located one block outside
    of the rezoning area and is bounded by West 170th Street, Nelson Avenue, Shakespeare Avenue, and Corporal Fischer Place in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx, Community District 4.


  2. Demap Corporal Fischer Place (street) between Nelson Avenue and Shakespeare Avenue, which is adjacent to the parcel to be mapped as park land as described above (Block 2520, Lot 19), and map it as parkland."


See https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/planning/download/pdf/applicants/env-review/jerome-avenue/draft-scope-of-work.pdf (page 23).

This proposed City action demonstrates a commitment to re-opening the Park, to eliminating the possibility of buildings on these lots and to developing the space for the community. It is a bit confusing because lot 19 is already zoned as Parkland (see http://www.oasisnyc.net/map.aspx?etabs=1&zoomto=lot:2025200019) so the extra map designation will not make a big difference, but demapping the street to extend the Park area WILL.

If you would like to support or ask questions, go the the hearing next Thursday, 9/29, 4pm at Bronx Community College.

Sept. 23, 2016, 5:08 p.m.
Alix said

Hi Dian! It's Alix from WHEDco! Just wanted you all to know that the draft EIS scope for the Jerome Avenue rezoning includes de-mapping Corporal Fischer Place (I think this is the "lot next door") and mapping Corporal Fischer Park as parkland. Not sure what this means if Parks already owns it? DCP hearing on the EIS scope is next Thurs, 9/29, 4pm at Bronx Community College - good opportunity to talk about this park! I'm happy to talk more: afellman@whedco.org or 718-839-1173

Sept. 17, 2016, 2:11 p.m.
Mara, 596 acres posted
Dian is going to hang signs!
Dian is going to hang signs! Great to meet you Dian!
April 15, 2016, 1:20 p.m.
Dian said

still in pursuit of both lots! ORGANIZING!!

April 6, 2016, 7:30 a.m.
Dian said

CPL fischer park was meant to honor cpl Irwin A Fischer, a new yorker who served in the army air corps during world war two, and flew in locations including Iwo Jima Saipan.

Parks Dept had owned the lot for about six years and kept it locked up because its undeveloped..
There are no renovation currently scheduled..

looking for motivated residents in Highbridge community to join in organizing an organic community garden to plant beautiful flowers, vegetables and herbs to beautify the community and preserved green open space as the commnity is in the phase of rezoning.

time is running out, so lets get on board NOW

April 5, 2016, 10:24 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

NYC Parks Dept records indicate that this lot is "part of" CPL Fischer Park, on the other side of the tax lot. That Park is also closed to the public.

April 4, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Dian said

Thanks for your reply, no there hasnt been a change i just have to tackle one project at a time. I joined partnership for parks and we had our monthly meeting with wendy. i discused my interest with her about the lot and gave her information on i gathered at the march 19th conference from 596 acres. im also trying to get other resident in the area involved.

thanks so much for all the important information you have given me so far


Dian Hawkins
my other contact number is 347 610 8774=20

March 29, 2016, 2:57 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

I just brought this opportunity to the attention of Wendy Gallegos | District Director, Office of Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson via email at WGallegos@council.nyc.gov.

March 29, 2016, 2:57 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

I just brought this opportunity to the attention of Wendy Gallegos | District Director, Office of Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson via email at WGallegos@council.nyc.gov.

May 7, 2015, 4:43 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A PARK!

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20141208/high-bridge/bronxites-angered-over-locked-fenced-off-park-land

If you're a part of the group of residents and/or the community board trying to push the Parks Department to clean it up, reach out to me at mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.