I've sent you some
personal contact information off-list re zoning and gardens in Hell's
Before you get
down to NYC, you must read Malve von Hassel's "The
Struggle for Eden: CommunityGardens
in New York" by Malve von Hassell, Bergin & Garvey; Greenwood Publishing Group. 2002" which was reviewed in
the latest issue of "HortIdeas." It's an
expensive book, but it might be in the reserve collection at UB. I'm sure that
Cornell has a copy - see if it's available by Inter-University loan. Von
Hassell's other book, , "Homesteading in NYC, 1978-1993:
The Divided Heart of Loisaida" Bergin & Garvey 1999 ISBN: 0-89789-651-3
provides a good cultural background on the lower east side neighborhood. Both
should give you a sense of context for your planning study.
Of course can find both books at a good
University library or the Greenwood Publications website http://www.greenwood.com , searching under author.
homework for anyone who wants to understand how we can have 800 community
gardens in NYC, on some of the most overvalued real-estate in the world.
1) Here is the website of the NYC Dept of City Planning ("NYDCP")
which has a number of highly valuable links. You may have to download
Adobe Acrobat to print sections that you want, but that program is usually
available free of charge:
2) Here is the Web version of the Zoning Resolution
of the City of New York which includes all text amendments approved by the City
Council up to September 25, 2002. Please
note that there is an interim period between the date when the City Council
adopts a text or mapping amendment to the Zoning Resolution and the date that
this web site is updated. These are the "rules of baseball" and it's
best to make yourself a pot of tea and read. If it makes your eyes glaze over,
not to worry, it does that to $500 an hour real estate attorneys. Low
rent volunteer http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dcp/html/subcats/zoning.html
3) This is Article IX: Special
Purpose Districts, Chapter 6 "Special Clinton District" as amended 12/19/01.
What is written ( and isn't written) in Article IX, Chapter 6 explains why the
creation of third of an acre Clinton Community garden was possible in the midst
of midtown Manhattan.
4) This is the website of the Clinton Community Garden ,
- the historical section can give you some of the reason why this small piece of
"citizen managed public green space" (a definition that some folks belive that I
coined - been saying it so long, it might be true ;) ) is the only community
garden listed in the NYS attorney general's settlement memorandum as premanent
5) From NY State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer's web
The Community Garden
The list of gardens
covered under the settlement by borough:
6) You need to also
read posting made to this listserve by Lenny Librizzi, myself and others on this
community garden settlement, the NYS parkland issue, etc. In fact, if you
go back through 2000 and read forward on this issue, you will have an
interesting archive on how this land use issue was resolved.
If you are doing due
dilligence on your report, you need to contact these busy people and not expect
them to contact you from this listserve. You're going to have to be
proactive about this; Only by contacting all of them will you get a sense
of what the whole elephant looks like. Yeah, you can say that I
suggested that you contact them. Some like me, some don't - most should
give you the time of day.
8) The Cornell
University Garden Mosaics program has collected a great deal of information that
could be key to your understanding of what community gardens do in NYC:
luck with your thesis:
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden
From: Brian Kehoe
Sent: Saturday, December 14, 2002 12:37
Subject: [cg] NYC
community garden research
I introduced myself to this listserv about a
I am a Master's in Planning student at SUNY
Buffalo and have begun work on a thesis
about community gardens.
I will be in NYC researching community
gardens from Jan 7th - 11th.
Could I ask for the assistance of some NYC
gardeners? Would any knowledgeable people be interested in
talking with me?
I have reviewed the topical literature
and understand some of the pertinent issues.
My thesis topic is not yet tightly
defined but I hope to explore the nexus
of community gardens and land use and land value.
My hunch is that NYC could
provide a sufficient "database" to answer whatever
questions my thesis poses.
I would appreciate any and all help with my
my work will provide useful information for community
gardeners and planners.