Information about this lot
Brooklyn block 1230, lot 49 ( PROSPECT PLACE). More details at OASIS.
Brooklyn block 1230, lot 50 ( PROSPECT PLACE). More details at OASIS.
Brooklyn block 1230, lot 51 ( PROSPECT PLACE). More details at OASIS.
Why is this lot here?
We think this lot is vacant because:
Hi everyone! I spoke with GreenThumb staff about the quandary of this lot transfer. The word is: we need to put pressure on the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to get this transfer done.
It sounds like we need a campaign that pushes the boss of ACS: the mayor of New York. Who’s in?
Joyce is working on getting a meeting with council member Cornegy's office to try to convince them to do everything they can to champion the transfer of this lot to NYC Parks so neighbors can have access, at last.
Hi Carlos! Thank you for the update. Just let us know if there is anything we can do that may facilitate the transfer.
On Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Martinez, Carlos (Parks) Carlos.Martinez@parks.nyc.gov wrote:
Good afternoon Janice,
My apologies for the late response. It has been a hectic gardening season for our small but dedicated team.
I'm adding Eric Thomann, GreenThumb Outreach Coordinator, and Mara who also sent us an inquiry about this space.
The lots for Brooklyn Block 1230 Lots 49-51 are still under the jurisdiction of NYC ACS. NYC Parks/GreenThumb have been proactively engaging the sister agency regarding this lots for several months. Unfortunately, this process usually takes time and I do not have any other update than we are still discussing internally.
We will be in touch once we have more information.
NYC Parks / GreenThumb
Deputy Director, NYC Parks GreenThumb
Just wrote this letter to Joyce:
It was nice to see you in front of the abandoned playground this week. So much potential...!
You mentioned getting a meeting with Council Member Cornegy as a next step. I think that's a great idea! He could write a letter to NYC Parks asking that they request jurisdiction of this unused public land ASAP. He could also advocate to ACS, which isn't using it, to transfer jurisdiction, on your group's behalf.
If helpful, staff from 596 Acres can help you prepare for and attend that meeting.
Keep us posted!
promising response from colleen, nyc park's chief of parklands and real estate:
Alderson, Colleen (Parks)
Sep 8 (4 days ago)
to Kelsey, mara, stephanie, organizers
I am forwarding your correspondence to our Green Thumb Office and will confer with them on status of their review and then Kelsey and I can take any next steps.
Have a good weekend,
We sent a letter to NYC Parks' Chief of Parklands and Real Estate this week requesting the transfer of this lot to NYC Parks asap! Read it at http://596acres.org/letter-requesting-transfer-for-five-gardens/. Here's an excerpt:
August 31, 2017
Chief of Parklands and Real Estate
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065
RE: Request for transfer of vacant lots to NYC Parks so they can become GreenThumb gardens
With your help, five community gardens that GreenThumb has approved for transfer can become real.
In each case, groups of neighbors have completed the process for starting a new garden. They have identified which vacant lots on their blocks are in the inventory of NYC agencies that do not have active plans for them. They have committed to their future stewardship as community gardens, developing proposals with plans for how the space be used and how they will share the work of maintaining it. They have gained support from hundreds of fellow neighbors, local businesses, schools, community organizations, and their Community Boards. They have completed GreenThumb registration and met with their GreenThumb Outreach Coordinators who are ready to support them.
To make their visions real, people who live near these vacant lots have been requesting that they be transferred to the inventory of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation from the city agencies that do not have active plans for them. GreenThumb has approved these sites for transfer.
We are writing to request that you expedite the transfer of the following properties to NYC Parks. This will ensure they can be transformed from waste spaces that have long added to the hardships of life for those who live nearby, into the beautiful, inclusive community parks and gardens that these same people need and desire! Please enjoy the stories and the photos that follow:
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Brooklyn block 1230 lots 49, 50 & 51 at Prospect Place at Albany Ave. Reference page with garden proposal: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/59081/
Some historical background: This was also a Lots for Tots site created in partnership between GrowNYC, then called Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC), and the adjacent daycare. When the program ended twenty years ago, the gate was locked and the playground fell into disrepair.
About Prospect Pl Community Garden: Residents of the block have been organizing a campaign that brought together a diverse group of neighbors and the Block Association to revive this abandoned public land as Prospect Place Community Garden. They have gained support from their Community Board as well as attention and resources from Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Crown Heights Neighborhood Strength grants to make their plans real.
on july 11, gardeners submitted their complete application to greenthumb! we are following up on the transfer of the land to nyc parks. onwards!
On behalf of your neighbors on Park Place, we congratulate you on your hard work and persistence. Hopefully your request will come through in a timely fashion so we can all once, again enjoy use of this space.
See pictures from Tuesday's meeting here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVBOoUonbmf/?taken-by=prospectplgarden
Next step is consideration by the full CB. That meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, June 8 at 7pm. Location details below.
Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Ave. (corner St. Marks Ave.)
closest subway stops: Ralph Ave (A, C); Utica Ave (2,3,4,5)
Come join us to show your support!
After you get your letter of support from the Community Board, you'll need to complete this registration and then you can give the application to GreenThumb! http://www.greenthumbnyc.org/pdf/greenthumb-garden-registration_2015-2019.pdf
You can keep these greenthumb staff members in the loop so they are prepared for next steps:
Eric Thomann, Brooklyn Outreach Coordinator CB 8, CB 9, CB12, CB 13, CB 14, CB 15, CB 16, CB 17
Carlos Martinez, Deputy Director
If you want to give CB8 some sample text for writing a letter of support, you are welcome to use this:
Dear Mr. Martinez,
During its monthly meeting, Community Board #8 heard a proposal from neighbors advocating for the vacant lot at [insert address] to become a GreenThumb community garden, and voted unanimously to approve the plan. The lot was previously a playground but has not been utilized in X years. The Board agrees with the residents that a community garden would be a good use of this public space for the neighborhood.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have. Thank you for your ongoing support of community green and open space.
[name of CB#8 District Manager]
planning meeting tonight, Monday June 5 at 7pm at 133 Kingston Ave! We'll prepare to present the plan at tomorrow's Community Board * Parks Committee meeting. Come out and show your support tomorrow: Tuesday, June 6 at 6pm, St. John’s Recreation Center (1251 Prospect Place at Schenectady Ave).
Janice is collecting signatures! The best way to put together a proposal to share with the community board is to have a meeting with the main stewards-to-be and come up with a vision together! As you put together your proposal, here are some things you might consider including:
- A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden;
- A mission or vision statement that lists benefits to the community;
- List of community members interested in taking care of the space (at least 10 names, addresses, phone numbers, emails)
- Sketch or rendering of project
- List of partners/sponsors/endorsers (including churches, school, local business, city agencies, etc.)
Some letters of support from elected officials and local businesses/organizations (like the daycare two doors down!) are also helpful. You can use the "Political Boundaries" section on the lot's page (here: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/59081/) to see the elected officials for the lot. You might also be able to get a letter of support from GreenThumb - (212) 788-8070 or email@example.com. And attach your signatures too!
As examples, here are two proposals from other community land access campaigns:
- Beach 84th street community garden - https://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/102516_Beach_84_Garden_Proposal.pdf
- Far Rock Garden (focus on the first 4 pages) - https://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Final_Far_Rock_Garden_GreenThumb_Proposal_sans_contact_info.pdf
Let me know if you have any questions!
We are planning to attend the next CB8 Parks Committee on March 7th! In order to move forward we need to collect 200 signatures. Let us know if you're able to help with signature collection and we can arrange a time to gather all signatures before the meeting!
Hi everyone! Now that the holidays are over, it's time to collect signatures! It would be great if we all tried to collect about 50 each so we can present the signatures to the CB8 Parks Committee. I was told by a Committee Member that we need 200, so the more we have the better. I have collected signatures of the residents on my block and those who have visited Brower Park events. The next 2 Committee meetings are February 7 and March 7. Just let me know when you guys have collected the signatures and I can present the originals to the Committee. Thanks!
Hi all - I am attending my block association meeting tonight (turns out all CB8 needed was an updated address for their records), where I plan to discuss the community garden. I will request a letter of support from the Block Association.
The CB8 Parks Meeting will be at St. John's Rec Center this upcoming Tuesday, October 4 at 6. Is anyone else planning on attending? I plan on bringing the signatures in support of the garden.
One of our organizers Janice attempted to go to our community board meeting for parks and rec on Tuesday but it had been postponed.
We are working to collect signatures from the neighborhood, pass out surveys or how people would like to use the space and get endorsements from local non profits in the area. The next parks & rec meeting is in October so we are hoping to have all of this together in time for that meeting!
Great to meet a group of folks coming together around this project last night!
Here are some photos of the inside of the lot, taken when it was an active Lots for Tots space: http://www.grownyc.org/openspace/gardens/bk/albanyave
We are set up in the backyard! For now it's just me, I'm wearing a denim jumpsuit. At the first table on the right side when you enter!
Wonderful! The address for Nostrand Pub is 658 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216. The meeting is Wednesday August 31st at 7:30pm.
We are planning a meet up to discuss next steps and get an idea of who is interested in working to organize this beautiful space! If you'd like to get involved we'd love to see you at the meeting!
Where: Nostrand Pub (Backyard picnic table)
When: Wednesday August 31st
Here is my cell incase you have any trouble finding us! 513-317-4457.
See you then!
I got in touch with the community board to ask for the local clock association and was told there is none listed by Michelle George, District Manager.
Talk to the residents to find out if there is one that's simply not listed and let us and the board know:
Brooklyn Community Board No. 8
1291 St. Marks Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Be sure to reach out to the daycare two doors down to be part of the organizing and to divmkt a letter of support for the GreenThumb application. You can find their contact here:
We are so excited to draw up some plans for this beautiful space and would love to set up a time to meet with other organizers! Please feel free to contact me directly with your information so we can hopefully set up a time that works best with everyone's schedule. Ideally we would like to set up a meeting for the week of 8/29/16, so please shoot me an email with your availability by end of week if possible!
Here is a flier template that you can print and use: http://596acres.org/media/filer_private/2012/07/23/community_garden__template.pdf
This used to be a Lots for Tots lot - it even still has the murals and equipment in it! But it's no longer managed as one. In fact, the whole Lots for Tots program closed about 20 years ago. Now, this lot stays locked until the weeds get so heigh that one of the neighbors calls 311 and asks for them to come clear it out. They do that, but no one keeps it open.
It's a great place to organize - a new community space here could take advantage of the nice murals and some of the furniture that is already here. A group could decide to make changes, too!
Currently, the land is being held by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. It will need to be transferred to NYC Parks for community stewardship.
The group will need to create a plan for how the space will be reconfigured and managed, then get the support of Community Board 8 for the transfer. It should not be very hard to do! There is no competing use or plan at this time.
A great place to start is to connect with the block association that is active on the block. Stop by and ask anyone you see when the next meeting is. Or put a sign on the fence and plan your own meeting.
Let us know how we can help: organizers@596acres..org