Save the Roger That Garden Project - Encourage TYC Realty to Make Affordable Property Transfer to Local Land Trust
The Roger That Garden Project, a beloved half-acre community garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is home to over 100 participants—including dozens of neighborhood children and students from local schools—and thousands of plants. Today it is in imminent danger of destruction as a result of a recent property sale to TYC Real Estate. Gardeners must buy back the space with the help of a local land trust or else secure additional time and a new location to safely move plants and equipment.
We ask Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Public Advocate Leticia James, Congressional Representatives Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries, City Council Person Robert E. Corgney Jr., City Council Person Laurie Cumbo, Borough President Eric Adams, and Brooklyn Community Board 8 to encourage the sale from TYC Realty to a local land trust at an affordable price. We urge you all to support open space, healthy food, and community volunteerism.
HISTORY: The Roger That Garden Project is a neighborhood resource that produces healthy food, gives children a place to go after school, clears trash, keeps rodents away, stewards newly planted trees, and helps once anonymous individuals become engaged community members. The Garden grew out of an effort led by the Crown Heights Youth Collective to tear down an abandoned, dilapidated building formerly on the site. The once functional hardware store was pulling down the neighboring Youth Collective's foundation, while creating a lingering eyesore as well as public safety hazard. After years of petitioning the City for help, the derelict structure came down. Immediately afterwards, in 2006, a vibrant mural to commemorate the event went up. Thus creating a visible symbol of community willpower over urban decay.
The Roger That Garden Project is a communally cared for native plant and edible garden that has never turned away anyone who wants to interact with nature, be outdoors, and do something positive for their block. The Garden has worked with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the NYC Department of Sanitation, the NYC Parks Department, Citizen’s Committee for NYC, Kick Starter, the GreenBelt Native Plant Center, Build It Green NYC, the Crown Heights CSA, New York Cares, GrowNYC, former gardeners from the High Line, and the Crown Heights Youth Collective to procure resources and build a sustainable, beautiful neighborhood asset. We've also been covered by the popular blogs DNAinfo.com, I Love Franklin Ave, as well as Brokelyn.com.
TODAY: Roger That Garden Project is currently in discussions with the developer about the viability of extending the Garden’s life by repurchasing the land or securing several more months to safely move the plants to a new location during the warmer months.
TYC Realty has been kind enough to consider an offer to possibly purchase the land and establish it as a permanent community garden space. We are currently working with a pro-bono legal team from 596 Acres to try and have a local Land Trust assist us in this effort. This campaign is a significant stepping stone to our success. Should our offer not be accepted, we will use part of the donations in our relocation efforts and the remainder will go to supporting the work of the Crown Heights Youth Collective as well as the non-profit, 596 Acres, to ensure that all future gardens are safe from harm.
- Mayor of New York City
Bill de Blasio
- City Council Person, District 35
- Public Advocate
- City Council Person, District 36
Robert E. Cornegy Jr.
Save Roger That Garden Project - Encourage TYC Realty to Make Affordable Property Transfer to Local Land Trust
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