Earlier this year the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) published a list of 181 sites available for developers to build housing through their New Infill Homeownership Opportunities Program (NIHOP) and Neighborhood Construction Program (NCP), including sites that are community gardens.
The New York City Community Garden Coalition and 596 Acres have worked hard to raise awareness about this issue, mobilize people, and support community gardeners. Unfortunately, twenty community gardens remain on the list of possible development sites even though HPD has hundreds of vacant sites it can utilize for these programs.
In a letter to commissioner Vicki Been, Green Guerillas urged HPD to remove the community garden sites from the development list and engage in discussions about how to protect and preserve these precious green spaces.
Please add your voice to the calls for the community gardens to be removed from HPD’s list and ask that they be protected rather than offered as development sites.
Reach out to your Council Member – you can find contact information HERE.
Send a message to the Mayor HERE.
Community gardens on the HPD List:
Electric Ladybug Community Garden: 237 W. 111th St.
Harlem Grown: 126 W. 134th St.
Harlem Valley Garden: 197 W. 134th St.
Jackie Robinson Tenant Assoc. Garden: 1761-63 Park Ave.
Pleasant Valley Community Garden: 505-507 E. 118 St.
La Casita Verde: 107 Division Ave.
Halsey Ralph and Howard Garden: 774 Halsey St.
Patchen Community Square Garden: 140-142 Patchen Ave.
462 Halsey Community Garden: 462 Halsey St.
New Harvest Community Garden: 119-125 Vernon Ave.
Tranquility Farm: 267 Throop Ave.
El Garden: 118 Jefferson Street
Positive Seeds of Life Garden: 554-558 Snediker Avenue
Imani II Garden: 1680 Pacific St.
Brownsville Student Farm: 514-522 Rockaway Ave.
Ten Neighbors Community Garden: 658 Saratoga Ave.
Isabahlia Ladies of Elegance Garden: 615 Saratoga Ave.
Brownsville Community Farm: 237-239 Herzl St.
Green Valley Community Garden: 93 New Lots Ave.
McKinley Childrens Garden: 108-59 Union Hall Street