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
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.
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
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
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
1 - Come visit the Garden/s Fri Jan 4th and this weekend - lots
of projects available
possible Stay Over night Mon (Casita does have a wood burner):
We need clean
wood, water, food, and sleeping bag;
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)
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
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
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!