Information about this lot
Brooklyn block 1483, lot 35 (908 MADISON STREET). More details at OASIS.
Brooklyn block 1483, lot 36 (910 MADISON STREET). More details at OASIS.
Why is this lot here?
We think this lot is vacant because:
We have a planning committee that meets every 2-3 weeks, and we are still working on a strong proposal. We plan to organize a community consultation meeting hopefully by the end of summer, from which the turnout will be included in the proposal.
Neighbors are collecting signatures in support of a community greenspace here! You can print and use this blank petition: https://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Example_Petition.pdf
They are also seeking letters of support from local daycares, schools, businesses, arts/greening and community orgs about how they will partner with you to help transform the space, run programs there, enjoy it, and benefit from it in other ways.
Contact Ezra to plug into this revived effort, which builds on organizing from last summer and beyond! firstname.lastname@example.org, (347) 533-0357
Sent this email to Amber today after she signed up as a new organizer! Can anyone help her plug into the current organizing efforts? It would be great to build on all the work that has already happened here!
Thanks for signing up to organize at 910 Madison Street! Your lots are in the inventory of NYC's Department of Citywide Administrative Services. You can make a plan with your neighbors and advocate to have the lot transferred to NYC Parks Department where you can steward it as a community space. Neighbors were working to create a community garden here in summer 2016 and it would be great to reinvigorate those efforts!
Leaders from Beats, Mind 'n Alive (email@example.com, 929-428-4287) are also publicly listed as organizers on this lot and may be able to update you on any current efforts. I've cc'd them on this email as well! If you are unable to contact any of the former organizers, here are your next steps:
Confirm with DCAS that no other agency has plans here: call Kyle Daniels (212-386-0486) and ask about Brooklyn block 1483, lots 35 & 36. Tell him you are continuing efforts to organize a new community garden.
Put together a proposal for the a garden on this lot. You will need:
(1) a name
(2) a written statement of your vision
(3) a sketch of how you think the land would be used
Get neighbors to support this proposal and sign up to become volunteer garden stewards in the future; you will need at least 10 neighbors to sign up as future volunteers; it would be great to also have 100 supporter signatures to show your community board. I have attached a petition you can use. It’s also on the lot’s page.
Present, together with your neighbors, to the Community Board for their support; you will be asking them for a letter addressed to the Parks Department requesting they take jurisdiction. Contact your community board to find out how to get on the agenda: Community District Brooklyn 3 (firstname.lastname@example.org / 718-622-6601), district manager: Henry Butler.
Present your proposal package to GreenThumb. I have attached some samples of a completed proposals.
Please feel free to call or email with any questions!
Any updates on getting a proposal together for the transfer of this lot or the re-activation of the neighboring garden?
Our meeting with Council Member Mealy's staff went very well on Tuesday. Next steps are to gather signatures from neighbors who support the transfer of this corner City property to NYC Parks, and to invite active local groups to join our efforts and creating a draft proposal for building and maintaining the site.
Our next meeting is tomorrow, Friday July 8 at 10am at 848 Madison. Join us!
Great news! We scored a meeting with a representative from Council Member Darlene Mealy's Office.
** YOU'RE INVITED!**
Join us for a conversation with Arna Lipkin to discuss the future of Brooklyn block 1483, lots 35,36.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 4:15pm
1757 Union Street, 2nd floor,
Brooklyn, NY 11213
The white and blue building on the right side of the photo once housed a Head Start Program. The playset and space was used by the program until the building was sold a few years back to it's current owners.
A neighbor who saw the signs wrote to us today and said that this used to be a park but someone took the equipment away. It would be great to get it back!
We are working along two tracks:
1. Re-activating the closed community garden down the block via the NYC Parks Department, which has the land in its jurisdiction already. The garden is here: http://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/3014830027/. It's a narrow lot on Madison down the block.
2. Getting the support of the City Council member for the re-opening of the lot on the corner as public space. This lot in City Council District 41, represented by Darlene Mealy (see http://council.nyc.gov/d41/html/members/home.shtml). The district is one of the worst in the City on measures of access to Parks and playground space for residents: it ranked 42 out of 51 in the 2015 City Council District profiles prepared by New Yorker 4 Parks: http://www.ny4p.org/research/d-profiles/2015_41.pdf. Council Member Mealy's support for the transfer of this lot to the NYC Parks Department for use as a garden, farm or community-managed park through the GreenThumb program will be key.
This lot in City Council District 41, represented by Darlene Mealy (see http://council.nyc.gov/d41/html/members/home.shtml). The district is one of the worst in the City on measures of access to Parks and playground space for residents: it ranked 42 out of 51 in the 2015 City Council District profiles prepared by New Yorker 4 Parks: http://www.ny4p.org/research/d-profiles/2015_41.pdf
Council Member Mealy's support for the transfer of this lot to the NYC Parks Department for use as a garden, farm or community-managed park through the GreenThumb program will be key. Call her office, 718-953-3097, and ask to set up a meeting to discuss the potential transfer of Brooklyn Block 1483, Lots 35 and 36 to NYC Parks to add greenspace to the district.
Write a note here or email email@example.com to let everyone know how your call went. We will join you for a meeting!
Hi! On my way home this past weekend I noticed the sign on the gate of this property. This is great news for the community and I'm so excited!
It looks like I missed out on the June 17th meeting, however, I would love to be a part of this project going forward. Can someone please update me on the latest developments and how I can best be of service.
Thank you for your help. I have to meet my group tomorrow and I will ask
them for a day we can meet. A Friday would be good for me, but I have to
ask them. What day can be good for you?
I sent the below request to Marion Little, Chair of the Community Board 3 Parks Committee, via his email firstname.lastname@example.org:
I am writing to ask that the potential transfer of Brooklyn block 1483, lots 35, 36 (on Howard & Madison) from Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to Parks be placed on the next Community Board 3 Parks Committee agenda in September. I confirmed yesterday that DCAS continues to have jurisdiction over these lots and that they are available for transfer to another agency.
We met one of the organizers from Beats Mind Alive last night at the Community Board 3 meeting. She came to get a feeling for the Board since she will have to come back and ask for their support. This morning, we sent the below follow up message outlining the campaign:
Below are the next steps that you will need to take to transform the lot. It’s a lot of information. Let us know if you would like to arrange a meeting with us and your group to go over it or if you would like us to mail you a letter with all these documents.
A mission or vision statement that lists benefits to the community (you have a good start on this, I have pasted it below);
Beats, mind n ‘alive is an organization created in 2016 in new york city by a group of professional artists from the hip hop culture in order to work on common projects around hip hop culture and education. We want to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and distribute to restaurants and to prepare meals for a block party that we will organize.
A letter from Brooklyn Community Board 3 in support of the project and group;
A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden (HIP-HOP GARDEN?);
List of community members interested in the project (at least 10 names, addresses, phone numbers, emails;
Picture, sketch or rendering of how you propose to use the site; here is an example: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Edgemere_Coalition_Final.pdf
List of partners/sponsors/endorsers (including churches, school, local business, city agencies, etc.). You can get letters from each of them. You can see sample letters here: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Hooper_Street_Park_Package_for_di_Blasio.pdf
You can also gather signatures from the neighbors showing that they support a new garden here. I have made a blank petition that you can print out an use. It is here: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Example_Petition_-_Sheet1_yzMTB0g.pdf (and attached to this message).
To get #2 above, you will need to present to the Parks Committee of Community Board 3. Their next meeting is not going to be until September, but that’s OK. It will give you time to prepare the rest. Approaching them after you have all the other pieces would be best. I will email Mr. Marion Little to ask to have your group placed on the September agenda and copy you on that message.
Before then, you should come back to the June 27 General Community Board meeting to make an announcement about your project and intentions. The meeting will be at Restoration Plaza, 1360 Fulton Street, in the basement at 7pm.
Here is a sample announcement (it’s a draft of Shadel’s from last night) that you can use to write your own: http://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/3016860048/#note-27636
Include this: “The lots on the corner of Howard and Madison are public land. They belong to the City of New York. They are in the inventory of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and available to be transferred to the Parks Department at their request. We are asking that Community Board 3 write a letter to NYC Parks asking them to take jurisdiction over these lots so that they can become a new Hip Hop Garden for Bed Stuy and be permanently preserved as community open space."
I would be happy to meet with you to write what you should say a few days before June 27. When is good for you?
DCAS jurisdiction confirmed!
Begin forwarded message:
Hi, yes, Lots 35 and 36 are both under DCAS jurisdiction.
Kyle Daniels | City Planner
P: (212) 386-0486 | F: (646) 500-6278 | email@example.com
Can you confirm that Brooklyn block 1483, lots 35 and 36 are in DCAS jurisdiction still?
Thanks so much and happy Sunday!
Good news! New organizers say:
"We want to create a wonderful garden for the neighbors and cultural events around Brooklyn culture."