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Bronx Community Garden Bulldozer Alert

  • Subject: [cg] Bronx Community Garden Bulldozer Alert
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 11:32:14 -0500

Here's an update from Aresh Javadi, community garden activist extraordinare about the first NYC garden bulldozing slated for the "Bloomberg Era".
Bronx Eco-tourism is much less expensive than a trip to the Galapgos islands and the music ( usually salsa) is much better. 
Aresh has listed a few of the activities that you can engage in. The younger members of your party ( and those without pending criminal warrants) may want to explore the louche charms of being arrested.
Proviso: taking out a wallet and brandishing it at a police officer is not recommended. In dim light, and this will probably be a dawn raid, wallets have historically been mistaken for firearms. Unless your hands are linked together in a garden protecting chain, be sure to raise them quickly over your heads.
However, it is possible to participate in this "happening" without being processed, ever so gently, through New York City's world class criminal justice system. 
Best wishes for the New Year,
Adam Honigman
-----Original Message-----
From: aresh [mailto:]
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 1:38 AM
Subject: Urgent Bulldozer Alert - Encampment Week #3 - Soil Samplers Drilling Behind Community Gardens!

Just In:
HPD (Housing Presevation and Developement) Plans to Bulldoze Cabo Rojo Community Garden the Week of Monday 7th, January 2002
Stay Over night Sunday Jan 6th for Monday Morning 7am Bulldozer Allert,

Where: NYC, Bronx, Melrose Commons, Cabo Rojo Community Garden, 159 and Courtlandt Avenue....
 Directions: Take the 2 or the 5 to 149 and 3rd Ave.
                     Take Melrose Ave. north to 159th St.
                     Take a left 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

Some call this the heart of the Bronx. It may have to do with the intensity of how people burnt down 70% of the buildings and left the land covered with waste and broken materials. It may have to do with dedicated angels that found the fallow land undeneath and put the seeds of life back into her. Letting the veins of life grow back in to her body and living fluids circulate through her. It may have to do with the awakening heart rewarding the angels and their communities with food, breathable air, green shelter, gentle ground to play, rest , and to be....

I do not know and words are not the best indicators of the fruits of courage and love that is now winter sleeping here in the Melrose Commons of the Bronx. It is...
 where the buildings project out of the ground in massive clusters and hold many a spirits confined.
    where more than any where in this country children hold onto small pressurized chemicals for their ability to get polluted air down into their tummies.
      where to earn a enough to eat and have shelter is harder than most places int his nation
       where the spirit of survival and resistance breaks thorough all the above and keeps flowering again and again!

Any how two well protected policemen are pointing at the giant sunflower and one of their helicopters are flying over better go see whats's up....
Love and Peas aresh

To Help (p.s. this is now diffferent than last time):

1 - Come visit the Garden/s Fri Jan 4th and this weekend - lots of projects available
       If possible Stay Over night Mon (Casita does have a wood burner):
          We need clean wood, water, food, and sleeping bag;
           Any questions or suggestions call 917 518 9987
        Bulldozer Watch Mondays to Fridays:  Early Mornings 7-10am

2 - Call Nos Que Damos - Its time to Encourage them to carry the flag for All the Communiy Gardens to be included into the Melrose Commons Plan # 3 - they are partnered in drawing up! 718 585 2323 -All  Gardens Stay!  They are across from Cabo Rojo - 811 Courtlandt Street

3 - Call Bloomberg and tell them Go to Cabo Rojo and to make All Community Gardens  Permanent +    to Create More Gardens!   (212) 617-2001

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/Fax to HPD an encouraging letter to take no violent action against Cabo Rojo
      Bronx HPD Ted Weinstien - Phone# 718 617 7800  HPD Fax# (212) 863-7326.

   Facts: (for Melrose Common; also very similar where all other Community Gardens live)
      1.UDAP process on Oct 19 speedy version of ULURP(uniform land use review process) was done to this site, which does not allow sufficient means for the community to respond.
   2. Mismanagement of communications 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 beaurocratical snafu a proper transfer to a GreenThumb Garden sight was never completed. There are copies of the transfer paper and GreenThumb receipts assuming it was a GT garden has been bringing soil, and equipment to the Gardener Luis Rodriguez. HPD employees have threatened Luis with arrest and have not given an alternative site to an upstanding 16 year long volunteer who has been keeping the community safe, clean, healthy (oxygen), and beautiful. We are also asking Nos Quedamos a local organizers to make all 19 local community Gardens preserved as part of the Melrose Commons 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!

Thank you Charas community Center, You are always in Our hearts!

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