CB3 Unanimously Supports Permanent Children’s Magical Garden; City Transfers Its 2 Lots
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At the full board meeting on Tuesday night, Community Board 3 unanimously approved a resolution to support a permanent Children’s Magical Garden at Stanton and Norfolk. Then yesterday, the city agreed to transfer the two HPD-owned lots to the garden.
After a thorough assessment of all available options we will be initiating the process of transferring the two city-owned lots to the Parks Department so they can be maintained as community gardening space. The decision was based on the overwhelming desire of the community to keep these two city-owned lots as gardening space; a position voiced and strongly supported by residents, Community Board 3 and the area’s elected officials…
-Eric Bederman, Press Secretary, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
In early May, developer Serge Hoyda fenced off his property, effectively bisecting the beloved neighborhood green space. The boundary was reinforced in the first place due to alleged concerns over insurance liability if anyone was hurt on his property. To address that issue, the gardeners took out a $2 million insurance policy that indemnifies Hoyda and NDC against any lawsuits due to injury in the garden.
And here is the complete resolution for the record: