Stand With Us to Protect Queensbridge Sacred Garden

Stand With Us to Protect Queensbridge Sacred Garden

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Lauren Ashcraft started this petition to New York City Council and

41-09 - 41-13 btwn 12th and 21st in Long Island City has been a green lot of land where tree branches fall and decompose, dog feces sits there to attract flies and garbage builds up for as long as resident Lashawn “Suga Ray” Marston remembers. In 2013, he had a vision to change that. He contacted NYCHA to request the use of this land for a community garden/dog park for his community. NYCHA referred him to NYC Parks. NYC Parks said they do not own the land and referred him to The Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation referred him back to NYCHA. NYCHA then referred him back to NYC Parks.


Frustrated and unwilling to allow his community to be neglected of this vision, he partnered with his neighbors, an award-winning architect, his City Council member, and they were preparing to guerilla garden. He had tires, paint, shovels and they were ready to start digging. However, one day they came out and the community’s tools and supplies were gone. Queensbridge’s future garden was stolen from them. 


7 years later, we are backing Suga Ray and plan to start developing this garden *this year*. But first, we need support! We need elected officials, candidates, business owners and the people near and far to sign their names and stand with the Queensbridge community in this noble act of building the green space they so desperately need. Sign your name below to back our grassroots efforts so that we can protect this sacred garden from being stolen again. 


Are you with the people or not?!

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