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Queens block 15837, lots 10, 12, 9

Information about this lot

There are 3 lots grouped here:
  • Queens block 15837, lot 9 (BEACH 46 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 10 (BEACH 46 STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Queens block 15837, lot 12 (316 BEACH 46 STREET). More details at OASIS.
Address: 316 BEACH 46 STREET, Queens, 11691
Area: 0.12 acres (5081 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 31 represented by Donovan J. Richards
Community District Queens 14 ( / 718-471-7300 ), district manager: Jonathan L. Gaska
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

We think this lot is vacant because:

  • 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 Housing Preservation and Development (public)
Contact: Jenny Weyel (

Housing Preservation and Development is not granting interim licenses now. The only way to have the community access this lot is by getting it transferred to another agency. Look below for Pathways that will guide you.

Urban Renewal

These lots are part of the Edgemere urban renewal plan.

News feed

Sept. 22, 2016, 11:40 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

In the Draft Edgemere Neighborhood Plan, this is a housing site. Although construction is likely years away, Housing Preservation and Development plans to hold on to the land.

The plan includes "at least two new community gardens" but does not indicate where they will be.

They are also exploring the creation of a Community Land Trust for housing in this neighborhood and it seems that whatever is built here in the future could be included.

Hear about HPD's Draft Plan on Saturday, September 24, 11am to 2pm at the 41St Cornerstone Community Center (426 Beach 40th Street). This will be the last community workshop. The draft plan will be presented then.

July 7, 2016, 3:21 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Here is your next chance to learn about New York City’s Edgemere Neighborhood Plan. You are invited to the Edgemere Organizing Team meeting on Tuesday, July 12 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Beach 41st Cornerstone Community Center at 426 Beach 40th Street. Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) plans to give updates about the planning process and share the Draft Neighborhood Plan and preview some featured projects. We know that gardening and greening projects are a prioritiy, but this will be the first chance to see the specifics of what the HPD team is including in the draft plan.

Please go, take notes and let us know what you learn.


Dec. 5, 2015, 11:27 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Come to Housing Preservation and Development's Second Visioning Session will be Saturday, December 12, 11am to 2pm, at the Beach 41st St Cornerstone Community Center.

RSVP here:

Come have lunch, meet your neighbors and speak up for this garden-to-be and other community controlled resources where City officials are ready to listen!

Oct. 19, 2015, 11:12 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

It would be great for the Frank Avenue Civic Association to put a formal proposal together so that we can get in to GreenThumb. It seems like making this spot a garden might be realistic!

Oct. 18, 2015, 12:57 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Any further developments?

July 20, 2015, 1:22 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

The meeting with Richard's new Chief of Staff went great. They asked for 2 weeks to figure out what they could do. Will follow up on 7/31!!

July 7, 2015, 3:24 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

The Council Member has agreed to a meeting next week: July 14 at 10:30am. 1931 Mott Avenue, Suite 410 Far Rockaway, NY 11691. See you there!

July 6, 2015, 3:18 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

I wrote a follow up email to the council member about our request for a meeting...

June 17, 2015, 2:22 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

From: Mary Elizabeth Prall
Date: Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 2:16 PM
Subject: Help creating community growing space in Edgemere
Cc: Stephen Cooper, Alexis Smallwood, 596 Acres

Council Member Richards,

I'm writing on behalf of two Edgemere residents who have been working to open respective community growing spaces on City-owned land in their neighborhood. Steve Cooper and Alexis Smallwood, who are CC'd on this email, have been gathering abundant resident support for their projects, both of which are focused on properties under the jurisdiction of Housing Preservation and Development:

315 Beach 43rd, Queens block 15837, lot 12 (, Steve Cooper organizing)
357 Beach 43rd, Queens block 15834, lots 38, 42 (, Alexis Smallwood, organizing)

Although both projects are additionally supported by the community board and local civics and churches, the recent reversal of the standard policy of HPD issuing interim-use licenses for community use has halted the implementation of both these projects. We would love if we could meet with you to talk about how we can help these groups move forward the process of gaining access, and more broadly perhaps, how to continue to allow vacant, public property awaiting develop to remain a resource to the communities of Rockaway.

Mary Elizabeth Prall
Organizer | 596 Acres' NYC Community Land Access Project
596 Acres, Inc.
540 President Street, 2E
Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 11215
718-316-6092 x 3

June 11, 2015, 4:15 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Mr. Gaska called Steve and let him know what Gloria Farrell said. Gaska said he would see if the board will write him a letter of support but he won't advocate to HPD directly, which Steve asked him to do.

Steve has a handful of neighbors on board that really want this space to not be housing! We're going to email Council Member Donovan Richards and see what support he can lend.

June 8, 2015, 2:47 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

I spoke to Mr. Jonathan Gaska, the District Manager for Queens Community Board 14, who I was calling to chat with about another project in the area. Mr. Gaska wanted to share with me that he spoke to Ms. Gloria Farrell, planner for HPD, who, in addition to confirming that HPD is no longer issuing interim-use licenses, said that because of the urban renewal plan of the area ( that HPD wouldn't like to see a garden here. (Actually, she said that HPD has plans to build housing, but HPD doesn't build housing, they find developers to do it.) STILL, this doesn't really mean anything in terms of organizing. While it's nice to check with HPD and see what they say about certain parcels they have jurisdiction over, if there's no developer lined up to start construction, the plans aren't real yet. Steve and the neighbors should keep moving forward! The current neighborhoods still needs this community open space in the meantime!

May 29, 2015, 4:34 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Steve spoke to Gloria Farrell at HPD but she needs to get back to him with any information about the lot. In the meantime, Steve has already chatted up many neighbors and fellow urban growers who want to either be involved or support the project!

May 19, 2015, 12:56 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

Steve Cooper is a neighbor to this lot and is the president of the Franklin Avenue Civic Association of Edgemere. He reached out to me last year to get info about starting a farm here, but then a lot of roadwork happening on this street got in the way. Steve's back and ready for action! I re-sent him information about how to get started.

Call or email him if you want to get involved!

July 24, 2014, 4:12 p.m.
Mary @ 596 Acres said

I spoke to Gloria Farrell at HPD. She let me know that there are vague plans for development in 2016, but no developers are in place.

I spoke with Steve Cooper today, whom I met a few weeks ago at a Queens CB 14 meeting. He's a member of a civic association that's interested in starting a garden here. He's calling GreenThumb and getting neighbors together!