UPDATE: The TYC Realty Company has boarded up the garden without any notice.
We submitted our offer to TYC in April, at which point they ceased answering or returning any of our calls. On June 9, the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust was able to get in contact with TYC and report to us the status of our offer: TYC was no longer interested in our offer, but would be contacting us in 30 days, via their lawyer, with a decision about the land.
Two weeks later, on June 24, contractors appeared and began boarding up the fence around the garden. We had no contact from TYC or their lawyers before this action. Thanks to some quick work by garden members and the BQLT, we were able to meet with TYC in the garden and discuss options. This talk resulted in a written agreement to meet in two weeks (mid-July) with the goal of discussing long-term plans through the summer and beyond.
We are also continuing to meet with public officials and raise awareness of the situation. Most important, we are still able to use the garden! We may have been issued a significant setback, but we are a long way from finished and still need your support. Any donation you make gets us that much closer to the possibility of saving Roger That.
Thank you to everyone for your past and continued support, we wouldn't be able to fight this fight without you!
Roger That Garden Project
The Roger That Garden Project is a beloved, half-acre community garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that serves over 100 volunteers and thousands of plants. Today it is in imminent danger of destruction as a result of a recent property sale to TYC Real Estate of NYC Tax Lot 1, Block 1233. To save this valuable green space, organizers are raising funds to purchase the land through the help of a local New York land trust and certified 501c3. All proceeds will go directly to securing the property, saving our mural, and keeping Brooklyn gardens growing strong.
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HISTORY: Roger That Garden Project is a neighborhood resource that produces healthy food, gives children a place to go after school, clears trash, stewards newly planted trees, and helps once-anonymous individuals become engaged community members who make positive change. The Garden grew out of an effort led by the Crown Heights Youth Collective in the early 2000's to tear down a long abandonded building formerly on the site. The once functional hardware store was pulling down the Collective's foundation while creating a lingering eye sore and public safety hazard. After years of petitioning the City for help, the derelict structure came down. Immediately afterwards, a vibrant mural went up, creating a visible symbol of community will over urban decay.
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 and do something positive for their block. Roger That has worked with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the NYC Department of Sanitation, the NYC Parks Department, Citizen’s Committee for NYC, KickStartr.com, 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 re-purchasing the land or securing several more months to safely move the plants to a new location during the warm season.
TYC Realty has been kind enough to consider an offer to possibly purchase the land and establish it as a permenant community garden space. We are currently working with a pro-bono legal team from 596 Acres to 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 re-location efforts and the remainder will go to supporting the work of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust. Our efforts also have the official support of Brooklyn Community Board 8 as well as Congressional Representative Yvette Clarke's office.
*Though your donations are going to serve a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt entities, please check with your tax advisor as appropriate to determine the tax deductibility of your gift.
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