Bulldozer Alert - Cabo Rojo Community
Garden needs your Help
Encampment week 2, NYC,
Bronx - More Gardens!
1 - Come to the Garden Help and Stay Over night (very
warm Casita) and or be at the garden: bring clean wood, food, sleeping bag;
call 917 518 9987
Friday 21st ps 29 children
planting bulbs for spring come at 1pm... come and plant bulbs with them
Tuesday 25th - Christmas Party and
Celebration 3pm on, Bring Food, Music and something dear to
Bulldozer Watch Wednsday 26th
to the new Year Early Mornings 5-6am
2- Fax to HPD an encouraging letter to take no violent action
? example letter available
Fax: (212) 863-7326.
3 - Call Nos Que Damos a once people's organization
which has a strong partnership in destroying 19 surrounding community
gardens....718 585 2323 - All Gardens Stay!
4 -Call and Fax State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer
to take on Cabo Rojo and to correct its transferred status back into the
GreenThumb Gardens! And thank them for keeping all the community gardens
protected - phone (212) 416-8037 fax (212) 416-8037
5 - Call Bloomberg's transition team and tell
them Go to Cabo Rojo and to make All Community Gardens Permanent
+ to Create More Gardens! (212) 617-2001
Where: Cabo Rojo Community Garden - 159th St. and
Courtlandt Ave., Bronx
Directions: Take the 2 or the 5 to 149
and 3rd Ave. Take Melrose Ave. north to 159th St. Take
one block to Courtlandt St. to the garden.
Contact person: Aresh and Luis: (917) 518-9987
(JK Workhours-212 633 2323)
More Gardens! 212-533 8019
Facts: (for Melrose Common; also very similar where all
other Community Gardens live)
1. No ULURP was done to this
site, which means destroying a community garden without having been approved
by our city's elected body.
Mismanagement of paperwork by city agencies must be rectified, not used as a
bully tactic. This community gardener moved 4 times to help new housing before
arriving at the present recommended site.*
3. P.S. 29, a
daycare center, and local neighborhood citizens learn and grow here.
4. Serves as natural pollution filter for area with highest
asthma rates in the USA.
5. Less than 1 acre of open space
per 1000 people (2.5 acres per 1000 people advocated by NYC) in CB1 and CB3
the poorest congressional district in the USA (the list goes on ....)
History - Melrose Common, a neighborhood in the South Bronx, has 19
Endangered Gardens Amidst Hundreds of Vacant
Lands. Cabo Rojo Garden was transferred to its present
site in 1997 after being moved 3 times. Due to official beaurocratic
snafu it was never written into a GreenThumb Garden. There are copies of
the transfer papers and GreenThumb
assuming it was a GT garden has been bringing soil, and equipment to the
Gardener Luis. HPD employees have threatened Luis with
arrest and have said they are sending the bulldozers to destroy the garden on
Monday even though they haven't gotten permission
(ULURP) on through City Hall to build on it yet. We are also asking Nos Que
Damos a local organizers to make all 19 local community Gardens
preserved as part of the plan. South Bronx has the highest Asthma rate in the
country (x14 national average). . We are also asking Mayor to be Bloomberg to
Create More Gardens Starting with Making All Community Gardens Permanent for
the benefit of all New Yorkers.
We look forward to locally affordable housing (permanent low income
housing) hand in hand with community grown green spaces!
Keep Charas community Center in your prayers! Christmas Eve Party - E.
9th street between Band C....