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Abyssinian Tot Lot

Information about this lot

There are 4 lots grouped here:
  • Manhattan block 2007, lot 13 (WEST 138 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    131 WEST 138 ST ASSOC (private)
  • Manhattan block 2007, lot 14 (127 WEST 138 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    127 W138TH STREET, LL (private)
  • Manhattan block 2007, lot 52 (128 WEST 139 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
  • Manhattan block 2007, lot 53 (130 WEST 139 STREET). More details at OASIS.
    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
Known Use: community garden
Address: 128 WEST 139 STREET, Manhattan
Area: 0.23 acres (10132 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 9 represented by Bill Perkins
Community District Manhattan 10 ( alassalle@cb.nyc.gov / 212.749.3105 ), district manager: Andrew Lassalle
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Why is this lot here?

We posted this lot because:

  • The lot is being used as a community garden.

News feed

Oct. 20, 2016, 8:16 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

I just went through the City's Tax Lien Sale data for 2016 and am heartbroken to write to tell you that the Abyssinian Tot Lot (https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/abyssinian-tot-lot) is in danger of being split up. Manhattan Block 2007 Lot 14, one of the four lots that makes up the Tot Lot, has had a tax lien recorded against it: http://a836-acris.nyc.gov/DS/DocumentSearch/DocumentImageView?doc_id=2016082301229001

The property itself has a deed restriction on it that limits its use to community facility: http://a836-acris.nyc.gov/DS/DocumentSearch/DocumentImageView?doc_id=2005051800885001

This is poised to be a repeat of the Imani Garden in Crown Heights, unless we get ahead of the problem. (Remember this mess: http://citylimits.org/2016/05/10/cityviews-stop-the-tax-lien-sale-that-will-destroy-a-community-garden/.)

The lien will put the trust that bought it in a position to charge 18% interest compounded daily, to pursue collection and to eventually foreclose.

The foreclosures will lead to sales at auction to highest bidder. Any deed restrictions on use will be wiped out at that point. The buyers will be able to do whatever they want.

Please reach out to the LLC that owns the lot if you can. It was created by ABYSSINIAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (http://www.adcorp.org/). I just sent them a note via their contact form.

It's not too late to reverse the lien sale on the Tot Lot. The Department of Finance Taxpayer Advocate can help (folks can call (212) 236-1800, http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/finance/downloads/pdf/translations/tax_advicate_brochure/ota_brochure.pdf; I've copied the Advocate on this message).

For the long term, it might make sense for NYC Parks to actually get the deed to the property. It seems wild to me that a low income housing complex seems to be paying property taxes to maintain half of this deliberately-created open space site.