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Since at least the Bloomberg administration, NYC has been aggressivlely trying to paint itself as being "green".  The building codes are now requiring many green features and incentivising builders to add even more.  Builders get additional buildable square feet for adding water storage tanks on site and get tax credits for adding solar panels.  Bloomberg launched the "Million Tree" initialive and much progress has been made towards that goal.  PlanNYC initiated by Bloomberg and recently updated by DeBlasio calls for every NYer to be within a ten minute walk of green space.

Yet when the sustainability agenda collides that of real estate developers, guess who get thrown under the bus?  As you may already know, Imani Garden II at 1680 Pacfic Street, an established community garden with 13 raised beds, water storage system and greenhouse was put on a list along with 18 other gardens sent to developers as sites for "affordable" housing.  

Now we learned that, in a process still unclear to us, on June 18th, 89 Schenectady Avenue, the middle of three lots that comprise Imani I Garden, was sold to a private investor for the sum of $365,000.  In conducting a difficult referee sale, the community was overlooked and is now paying the price! Let us bring this great error to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s attention. Let him know that Crown Heights is who is suffering most from this dispute.  The other side lots in Imani are owned by the New York Restoration Project.  If this sale goes forward on August 3rd, Imani will be effectively cut into two pieces, and the 60 foot willow pictured above, an icon in Weeksville for a very long time, will be cut down.

To allow time for our elected officials to save the tree and the lot, please ask Comptroller Scott Stringer to halt the closing.   Scott’s hot line number is 212-669-3916.  Ask him to stop the sale so that the erroneous liens can be rescinded.  

Also contact Stephanie Zimmerman, Council member Robert Cornegy’s Chief of Staff at 718-919-0740 x 106.  Ask her to have the Council set aside money to reimburse the City for the sale price of 89 Schenectady.  

If you want more information about how you can help, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We are working on an on-line petition and Facebook page to address this injustice.  Stay tuned for further developments.




Imani I street view.  Weeping willow now has a lot to cry about!



Imani II raised beds and water storage tank



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Great work days in the Imani over the weekend. In addition to getting more seedlings out of our greenhouse into the planting beds in Imani II, we cleaned out the fish ponds in Imani I. Discovering sadly no fish. This is the first time in three years when all of the fish died over the winter. We had about 20 goldfish in the ponds varying in size from about 3/4 inch to about 3 inches. This kind of makes the tough winter real. Many thanks to Tania Martinez for her help.  

I hope to clean out the big water storage tank in Imani I this week.  That would be first ever cleaning in the about six years we've had that tank.  I intend to add a fine mesh strainer to the intake to keep out mosquitoes.


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We did it!  10 attendees and guest worked two days in the hot sun.  Stomped a lot of clay, sand and straw.  But at long last, we have a working oven at Imani I.  To test the oven out, we made pizza and muffins.  Mmmmm.. good!b2ap3_thumbnail_cob-4.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_cob-5.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_004_20130722-013618_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_010_20130722-013643_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_cob-1.jpg

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Here it is up and running the Imani Team Blog. Eventually taking the place of our google group.

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Check out the new improved website
We now have a blog with regular updates for Imani Garden, our upstate demonstration project near High Falls and other information of interest to permaculturists.
Check it regularly for important updates.  We hope to have a calendar on the site up and running soon, so you don't miss any great events.
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