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Queens block 15960, lots 41, 43, 46, 48, 49

Information about this lot

There are 5 lots grouped here:
  • Queens block 15960, lot 41 (476 BEACH 43 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
  • Queens block 15960, lot 43 (480 BEACH 43 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
  • Queens block 15960, lot 46 (BEACH 43 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
  • Queens block 15960, lot 48 (BEACH 43 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
  • Queens block 15960, lot 49 (498 BEACH 43 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (public)
Address: 480 BEACH 43 STREET, Queens, 11691
Area: 0.22 acres (9540 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 31 represented by Donovan J. Richards
Community District Queens 14 ( cbrock14@nyc.rr.com / 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.

Urban Renewal

These lots are part of the Edgemere urban renewal plan.

Queens block 15960, lot 43 was planned as open space.

Queens block 15960, lot 46 was planned as open space.

Queens block 15960, lot 48 was planned as open space.

Queens block 15960, lot 49 was planned as open space.

News feed

Sept. 12, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
Alexis Smallwood said

Thank you Mara for all of your hard work.

Have a great weekend.

Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
mara at 596 acres said

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
Mara,
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,
Colleen

Sept. 7, 2017, 11:55 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Stephanie and I 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 (with photos!) at http://596acres.org/letter-requesting-transfer-for-five-gardens/ . Here's an excerpt:

August 31, 2017

Colleen Alderson
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

Dear Colleen,

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:

. . .

Queens block 15960, lots 41, 43, 46, 48, 49 on Beach 43rd Street in Edgemere, the Rockaways. Reference page with garden proposal: https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/59126/

About Edgemere Coalition Community Garden: Varied residents, from longtime community and sustainability advocates, to youth leaders, are working together to create Edgemere Coalition Community Garden. In October 2015, NYC Housing Preservation and Development invited 596 Acres to be a community partner on the Resilient Edgemere Community Planning Initiative, an initiative to drive the revision of the Edgemere Urban Renewal Area Plan. The final version of the Resilient Edgemere Community Plan, published last March, includes the Edgemere Coalition Community Garden at Beach 43rd Street!

Like the future Bay 84th Street Community Garden, it is possible that its transfer to NYC Parks is delayed by the potential need for a DEC permit. This might not actually be needed because community gardening is not large-scale development, and is completely aligned with DEC’s goals of protecting our coastal and aquatic environments.

...

The expedient transfer of these vacant city-owned lots to NYC Parks will allow them to become thriving public green spaces that improve neighborhoods and benefit all New Yorkers. We stand ready to continue supporting residents through the transformation process to ensure that each community garden is a success!

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and thank you for all you do.

In solidarity,

Mara Kravitz
Director of Partnerships, 596 Acres

Stephanie Alvarado
Director of Advocacy, 596 Acres

June 7, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
Alexis Smallwood said

Address update
Friday, June 9, 2017.

5715 Shore Front Parkway
Far Rockaway,NY 11692
Community Center Room
I look forward too seeing everyone there!

June 7, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
mara at 596 acres uploaded
edgemere coalition community garden -- membership sign up sheet! this garden is ready to rock! now more neighbors have a straightforward way of joining.
June 7, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
mara at 596 acres uploaded
Updated Bylaws for Edgemere Coalition Community Garden! The group made these together at the last meeting.
June 7, 2017, 2:19 p.m.
mara at 596 acres posted
Meeting this Friday!
Meeting this Friday!
May 31, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

Alexis says: We are having a meeting June 9, 2017 at 7p.m. at 5717 Shore Front Parkway, Arverne, NY 11692.

May 3, 2017, 1:39 a.m.
mara at 596 acres uploaded
Edgemere Coalition Community Garden - first draft of bylaws edited by the group!
April 18, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Alexis Smallwood said

Reyes, Lillian (Parks) Lillian.Reyes@parks.nyc.gov Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:09 AM
To: Alexis Smallwood alexissmallwood83@gmail.com
Cc: "Polanco, Victor (Parks)" Victor.Polanco@parks.nyc.gov
Hi Alexis, let me know when you create the bylaws and share with your members so we can have a group meeting to get the garden register before the end of May

Where we are at

· Meet with you and some members on April 5th

We discuss the group should create bylaws for the Group, Bylaws for guess, and bylaws for new members. We also said we will have three group meetings with all the members to discuss What is GreenThumb and what are the roll each member will have. Lastly what are the step your group will follow if a member is not following the bylaws

· Spoke to Carlos he inform me that we must have the group register ASAP to get the land transfer over before we get the wetland permit

· Here are three dates you should share with the group to see which dates works best for them to meet with me please have Bylaws in place if possible

ü Monday May 1st from 6pm to 7:30pm

ü Wednesday May 10th from 6pm to 7:30pm

ü Saturday May 13th From 1pm to 2:30pm

From: Alexis Smallwood [mailto:alexissmallwood83@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2017 11:39 AM
To: Reyes, Lillian (Parks); Polanco, Victor (Parks)
Cc: Mara Kravitz; Mendes, Isak (Parks)
Subject: BY LAWS

Good Morning Ms. Reyes,

April 1, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

alexis said:

FYI, you are all welcome too come and tour the Block/ Lots with Ms. Reyes [Senior Outreach Coordinator of NYC GreenThumb], Residents and I on a tour NEXT Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11 am.

480 Beach 43rd Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11692

Block/ Lot 15960/ 41,43,46,48,49

March 21, 2017, 12:38 p.m.
mara at 596 acres posted
Last Saturday, March 18, HPD released the Resilient Edgemere Community Plan - and it includes the Edgemere Coalition Community Garden!
Last Saturday, March 18, HPD released the Resilient Edgemere Community Plan - and it includes the Edgemere Coalition Community Garden! NYC HPD staff shows Alexis where the community garden is - the long green line. We are glad to see the city recognize partnership with community members for land stewardship as a strategy for adapting to increased flood risk! Community-stewarded land = community resilience. Go team!
Feb. 27, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
Alicia@596acres uploaded
Check out the updated drawing of the garden layout!
Feb. 5, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Mara at 596 acres posted
Feb 4 design meeting!
Feb 4 design meeting!
Feb. 5, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Mara at 596 acres posted
Feb 4 design meeting!
Feb 4 design meeting!
Feb. 5, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
Mara at 596 acres posted
Feb 4 design meeting
Feb 4 design meeting
Feb. 1, 2017, 12:07 p.m.
alicia@596acres said

Join organizers for a design meeting on February 4th at 2pm at B29 Playground 1-09 Beach 30th St!

Jan. 7, 2017, 5:47 a.m.
Alexis Smallwood said

Happy New Years Alicia,

Ted, Anne, and I are willing to have a conference call around 6pm. I have a conference call number 515-739-1030 and the access number is 282-318-961. Please let me know if this works for everyone.

Best wishes,

Alexis Smallwood

Jan. 4, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
Alicia said

Sounds great--thank you for the updates Alexis! Would next Thursday or Friday work for a design meeting?

Jan. 4, 2017, 6:05 a.m.
Alexis Smallwood said

Happy New Year's I can meet the Second week in January. I rewrote the proposal for green thumb which now includes, the park that the children and the couple want on 43rd Street. We just need add the park to the old layout. We would still like to use the old layout, which has a ideologly of the 5 sense's; touch, smell, taste and feel Garden. Let me this a great year for ECCG!
We need to also become a 501C3!

Updates


  1. Pastor Eva Vega surrendered all of her garden spots in the garden. I like to send my condolences to Pastor Vegas family, she lost her husband and she's stepping away from the project due to her loss and we all send our love and blessings to her.


  2. P.S. 105 The Bay School, science teacher Mr. Goldberg is still interested in participating in the garden. He's in having class twice a month for the students.


  3. Steve Cooper as Join as Co- Leader of the Garden taking Pastor Eva Vega place.


  4. Residents of Ocean Village , 43rd and Edgemere can't wait to be farmers, gardeners, and Steward of land.


Jan. 4, 2017, 6:04 a.m.
Alexis Smallwood said

Happy New Year's I can meet the Second week in January. I rewrote the proposal for green thumb which now includes, the park that the children and the couple want on 43rd Street. We just need add the park to the old layout. We would still like to use the old layout, which has a ideologly of the 5 sense's; touch, smell, taste and feel Garden. Let me this a great year for ECCG!
We need to also become a 501C3!

Updates


  1. Pastor Eva Vega surrendered all of her garden spots in the garden. I like to send my condolences to Pastor Vegas family, she lost her husband and she's stepping away from the project due to her loss and we all send our love and blessings to her.


  2. P.S. 105 The Bay School, science teacher Mr. Goldberg is still interested in participating in the garden. He's in having class twice a month for the students.


  3. Steve Cooper as Join as Co- Leader of the Garden taking Pastor Eva Vega place.


  4. Residents of Ocean Village , 43rd and Edgemere can't wait to be farmers, gardeners, and Steward of land.


Jan. 3, 2017, 5:02 p.m.
Alicia@596acres said

Hey Organizers its time for a design meeting! Our next step is creating a physical layout for the future garden. Who can join us to help create a beautiful design for this space?

Nov. 2, 2016, 2:19 p.m.
Paula said

We got a call a Steve Cooper saying that he's dropped off a letter of support from the Frank Ave Civic at the community board early this week.

The next step is getting the community board's letter of support.

Oct. 10, 2016, 6:19 p.m.
Alexis Smallwood posted
Letter of support
Letter of support My name is Alexis Smallwood and I am fighting for Community Garden on beach 43rd Street on the Bayside of Far Rockaway. If you're interested showing up to the address above. We would like too show that we have community support for a garden. You can text if you have any questions. please feel free to call me at 347-608-3556 thank you and have a blessed day
Oct. 10, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
Alexis Smallwood said

My name is Alexis Smallwood and I am fighting for Community Garden on beach 43rd Street on the Bayside of Far Rockaway. If you're interested showing up to the address above. We would like too show that we have community support for a garden. You can text if you have any questions. please feel free to call me at 347-608-3556 thank you and have a blessed day

Oct. 10, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
Alexis Smallwood said

We need more gardens and open space! The Eastern end of the peninsula has gaven the majority of land to the wetlands and Wildlife.

Oct. 2, 2016, 11:32 p.m.
Marlen said

This is high wetland, which is an integral part of the total wetland system that protects the neighborhood from flooding. It should be returned to its natural state and NOT be made into a community garden.

Oct. 2, 2016, 5:31 p.m.
Norton Basin Edgemere Stewardship Group (Marlen Waaijer) said

As a long term protectors and stewards who fighting for the health of the wetland around Jamaica Bay—especially Norton Basin—we want to let everybody know that we are vehemently opposed to putting a farm or community garden on this "high wetland" area. This high wetland should be returned to its natural state, so that it can ensure the health of the adjacent low wetland. High wetland is an integral part of the total wetland system and should be integrated in the flood protection plan.

As the head steward of the Norton Basin Edgemere Stewardship Group I am very disappointed with this destructive development.

marlen.waaijer@gmail.com

Sept. 26, 2016, 2:04 p.m.
mara, 596 acres uploaded
Letter of support from NYS Assembly Member Phillip Goldfeder, 23rd District, Queens "As the Assemblyman representing parts of the Rockaways, I am able to see firsthand the many advantages of additional greenery to the area, especially when that area has been previously dormant. Communal gardens are beneficial for social purposes, unifying communities, and provide a great educational resource for surrounding residents of all ages." Nice!
Sept. 24, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
mara, 596 acres posted
"We are building community space =) for youth"
"We are building community space =) for youth" The sign says: "Hi! This is Anne, Ted, Tahirah, Tyshana, Shakim, Simone, Tony, Charity, Kalil, Immi, Katelyn, Kayla, Dwen + Ronan + friends! We are building a community space =) for youth. Call 347 842 8391, 425 Beach 43, B"
Sept. 24, 2016, 3:53 p.m.
mara, 596 acres posted
Ted and Ronan live on the block and are excited after posting a sign today!
Ted and Ronan live on the block and are excited after posting a sign today! Urban farm with chickens and a playground!
Sept. 24, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
mara, 596 acres posted
Ted and Ronan live on the block and are excited about turning this site into a community green space
Ted and Ronan live on the block and are excited about turning this site into a community green space
Sept. 24, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
mara, 596 acres posted
Ted posting a sign here
Ted posting a sign here This site was designated as Open Space in the Edgemere Urban Renewal Plan. The time is ripe to make it happen!
Sept. 24, 2016, 3:44 p.m.
mara, 596 acres posted
Ted posting a sign here!
Ted posting a sign here!
Sept. 23, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
mara, 596 acres uploaded
Letter of support from Council Member Donovan Richards for a community garden here Nice!
Sept. 23, 2016, 12:04 a.m.
paula at 596 acres said

In the Draft Edgemere Neighborhood Plan, this is NOT a housing site, although it is currently under the jurisdiction of Housing Preservation and Development. It can be transfered to NYC Parks or another agency for a garden, park or other use if neighbors ask for it to be.

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

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.

Aug. 9, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

HPD staff agree that this site is more suited to a garden and/ or open space than housing.

Aug. 8, 2013, 1:08 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

This site was designated as "Open Space" under the Edgemere Urban Renewal Plan (April 2008).