Information about this lot
Brooklyn block 1864, lot 48 (423 HERKIMER STREET). More details at OASIS.
Brooklyn block 1864, lot 49 (421 HERKIMER STREET). More details at OASIS.
Why is this lot here?
We think this lot is vacant because:
We got a nice note from a neighbor:
"I'm interested in finding out if this lot can be developed into a community garden. I don't have prior experience, but I'd be willing to contact and meet with whomever you recommend. Also, any information you could pass along relevant to setting up a community garden would be fantastic!"
...and sent them this in response:
The lot you have identified is in the inventory of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). They are on an aggressive housing-building track right now, so getting land on loan is very hard. But it’s completely possible to convince HPD to transfer the land to NYC Parks for stewardship as a community garden.
Here is a summary of how to do that, from here: http://livinglotsnyc.org/pathways/access-nyc-hpd-land/
HPD does not seem to have any specific plans for this site right now. If the Parks Department is willing, land can be transferred to their jurisdiction and then licensed as a garden through the GreenThumb program.
Start by clicking Organize on the lot’s page and signing up: http://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/3018640049/
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 Community Board 3 in support of the project and group; contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 718-622-6601, district manager: Henry Butler to get on the agenda of the Parks and /or Housing Committees; if you are emailing, copy me.
- 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
- Signatures on a petition from as many people as you can get; I’ve attached a PDF you can use.
- List of partners/sponsors/endorsers (including churches, school, local business, city agencies, etc.); having local block associations on board would be key here!
Some letters of support from elected officials is 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. Once you have a group together, reach out to email@example.com to let them know what you are aiming to do.