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Brooklyn block 1624, lots 10, 6, 7, 8, 9

Information about this lot

There are 5 lots grouped here:
  • Brooklyn block 1624, lot 6 (263 MARCUS GARVEY BLVD). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 1624, lot 7 (261 MARCUS GARVEY BLVD). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 1624, lot 8 (259A MARCUS GARVEY BLVD). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 1624, lot 9 ( MARCUS GARVEY BLVD). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 1624, lot 10 ( MARCUS GARVEY BLVD). More details at OASIS.
Address: MARCUS GARVEY BLVD, Brooklyn, 11221
Area: 0.08 acres (3601 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 36 represented by Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
Community District Brooklyn 3 ( bk03@cb.nyc.gov / 718-622-6601 ), district manager: Henry Butler
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 Administration of Children's Services (public)
Contact: ACS Administrative Office (212-341-9005)

ACS Administrative Office, oversees ACS property
Phone: 212-341-9005

Pathways

Here are some pathways you might follow to use this piece of land legally:

News feed

April 29, 2019, 8:46 a.m.
Shanna Sabio said

This group of lots has become a playground - all rubber mats and not green space. I’ll share pictures when I can go by there again.

April 29, 2019, 8:31 a.m.
paula said

I just got this note from Carlos.Martinez@parks.nyc.gov:

" We now have green light to activate ACS on a case by case basis as long there’s a group of neighbors willing to steward the site. "

To get your lot on GreenThumb's transfer list, get in touch with him ASAP.

paula (paulaznyc@gmail.com)

March 13, 2018, 3:24 p.m.
Stephanie @ 596 Acres said

I hope this email finds you in good spirits!

596 Acres is hosting an event this Sunday in your neighborhood, and we'd love for you to join us:

What: Community Land Access Advocacy Sign Making with 596 Acres

When: THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 18 from 12pm to 3pm

Where: Bushwick's Earth Arts Center (936 Madison Street at Broadway)

Why: With signs, we can connect with our neighbors about the possibilities for transforming the vacant land in our lives, share the hidden City policies that are influencing places on the ground, and shape the city that we share.

Details: Folks of all ages and kids welcome. No stairs to get into the space. Light refreshments will be served. Spanish interpretation available.

MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE: http://596acres.org/events/signs-at-earth-arts/.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/219223541977472/

Sending warm wishes. Hope to see you there!

Jan. 8, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
mara at 596 acres uploaded
Letter of Support from Brooklyn Borough President for a Community Garden Here! Lydia got this letter last September! Go Lydia! Now we are working on getting an updated letter sent to the correct recipients: the decision-makers in the agencies of NYC that have jurisdiction of this land, which is not me. Here is who the letter will go to: NYC Administration for Children's Services Commissioner David Hansell; CCing - NYC Parks Department's Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher & NYC Parks GreenThumb Director Bill LoSasso. Here is who to follow up with at the Borough President's office about a re-addressed letter: Erica Sherman, (718) 802-3932 and esherman@brooklynbp.nyc.gov. I just sent a follow up email today. Onwards!
July 13, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
shannon said

Some more history about these lots...

According to ACRIS, the city took ownership of all five lots in a series of foreclosures from 1976-1979.

"IPIS" stands for Integrated Property Information System and is a database of city-owned properties. According to the city, the lots are indeed owned by the Administration for Children's Services (ACS).

To learn more about the history of the playlot, you can reach out to the Katmint Learning Initiative, an early childhood education facility located down the street that has been there since 2013. They may have a sense of when it started falling into disrepair.

Brooklyn Community Board 3 Outreach
Former CB chairman Tremaine Wright is now serving in the assembly; Richard Flateau has assumed leadership of the CB3.

Doris Pinn is the chairman of the Housing & Land Use committee, which meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm (next meeting will be Wednesday, September 13). The other committee you can consider reaching out to is the Parks, Arts, and Culture committee, headed by Marion Little. That committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm (next meeting will be Wednesday, Sept 6).

Brooklyn CB3's District Manager is Henry Butler; he can be reached at bk03@cb.nyc.gov or 718-622-6601.

July 10, 2017, 5:06 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Somebody from the Lexington 1801 Block association contacted us looking to create a new community green space on their block! ". We've recently originated a block association and have already been the recipients of Citizens committee for NYC monetary awarded for block beautification. Absolute nothing would make us more complete then beginning and building a strong healthy garden."

Now the group is organizing to transform this abandoned public playground! They're taking the steps outlined in the email I wrote back to them last week:

Looks like there's an abandoned playground owned by NYC just on the corner of Marcus Garvey and Lexington that might be the right place for your future garden. It's Brooklyn block 1624, lots 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10. Here's the lot page: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/59085/.

Our team walked by in 2012 and saw that the daycare next door, Little Fun People, was using it. By 2015, our team walked by again and observed nobody seemed to be using the playground anymore. Do you know if anybody is using it now? Or is it abandoned?

If it's not it use, you can organize with your neighbors to have the land transferred to the NYC Parks Department so your block association can steward it as a community garden through the NYC GreenThumb program! This is probably the best option for long-term stable community use. Start by contacting GreenThumb at (212) 602-5300 or greenthumbinfo@parks.nyc.gov.

You can begin organizing your neighbors to create a campaign that will convince the Parks Department that your community group will be successful stewards. Here are some things you might consider gathering as you organize your neighbors, which will help you build a successful campaign:

 

    • A mission or vision statement that lists benefits to the community;

 

    • A letter from the local Community Board in support of the project and group (this information is found in the "Political Boundaries" section of the lot's page);

 

    • A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden;

 

    • List of community members interested in the project (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 are also helpful. You can use the "Political Boundaries" section on the lot's page to see the elected officials and community board for the lot. You might also be able to get a letter of support from GreenThumb.

If the lot indeed seems abandoned, you can start right now by collecting signatures from neighbors who are in favor of a community garden here. You can print and use this blank petition: https://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Example_Petition_-_Sheet1_1_YPsCF1r.pdf (also attached) !

Let us know if you have any questions!

In solidarity,

Oct. 23, 2016, 2:53 p.m.
Paula posted
GrowNYC (when it was the NYC council on the environment) was one of the facilitators of the creation of this space. They will likely be a good partner for its rejuvenation as well. Contact: Mike Rezny Assistant Director Open Space Greening Grientc 100 Gold Street, Suite 3300 New York, NY 10038 mrezny@grownyc.org p 212.788.7935
Oct. 23, 2016, 2:51 p.m.
Paula posted
Let's get this transferred to NYC parks and back into use!
Aug. 11, 2016, 2:57 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

This playlot has fallen into disrepair since we last photographed it in 2012. It does not look like it is being used now.

April 3, 2012, 1:23 a.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Seems to be used by the neighboring daycare center -- Little Fun People. They might share...

Feb. 20, 2012, 9:21 a.m.
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Feb. 17, 2012, 12:01 p.m.
Oksana said

There is some picnic tables and a playset in this lot.

Feb. 16, 2012, 5:16 p.m.
Oksana said

there is a playground on this lot.

Feb. 16, 2012, 5:14 p.m.
Oksana said

there is an active playground on this lot.

Feb. 15, 2012, 4:58 p.m.
Oksana said

Lot is fenced in. Google Street View shows a playground and some picnic tables.