A discussion of how we can increase the security our local food supply at a time when rising fuel costs, climate change and political turmoil make it particularly vulnerable. As seen through the lens of the Imani Gardens, located at 1680 Pacific Street and 87-91 Schenectady Street.
On September 18th, the City Register published the name of the gentleman who purchased 89 Schenectady Avenue, the middle of three lots that comprise Imani I Garden. His name is Herman Stark and his address is listed as 199 Lee Avenue Suite 308 Brooklyn NY 11211. He paid $365,000 for this single 20x100 lot.
As far we can tell, the only reason someone would spend $365,000 for a 2,000 square foot lot would be to build a residential building. Of course building such a structure would entail cutting down one of the tallest and most beautiful weeping willow trees in Brooklyn. Is this really what the community wants to happen? Is it really that important that we have more unaffordable housing in a borough already rated as one of the least affordable in the United States?
Or would we rather have a community garden with a towering willow tree, surrounded by chickens, an aquaponics project, fruit trees and a cob oven?
Let your electeds know your preference. Scott Stringer, the Comptroller, can be reached at 212-669-2156. Robert Cornegy the local council member, can be reached at 212-788-7354. Let them know you'd prefer a willow tree over a housing project!
The weeping willow at Imani I, 87-91 Schenectady Avenue