Myrtle Village Green welcomes proposals from teachers and school administrators in the neighborhood for long or short term projects.
Does someone at your school want to have a raised bed for a class project? Experiment with sub-irrigated containers, teach about compost, divert food waste from the cafeteria, teach students about infrastructure (the water tunnel) or community organizing????
Just bring a proposal! Here’s a little more about our process as it stands right now. Please share this widely!
Please join us at a Community Meeting hosted by the Pratt Area Community Council and our City Council Member at the Pratt Center on June 4 at 6pm (536 Myrtle Avenue, enter on Willoughby) to answer important questions like,
- How can we create a user friendly open space for the community?
- What should be our ground rules?
- Who will be responsible for opening and locking up the site each day?
After over a year of concentrated advocacy built on decades of community activism, an interim use green space is coming to Myrtle Avenue, improving a neighborhood that has some of the lowest greenspace-per-person ratios in the City. See invitation below for more details!
Last Sunday, Myrtle Village Green got together and did the the first planting for Spring 2012. Since we can’t get inside the lot yet, we used the fence to plant about 50 containers, made from salvaged plastic bottles, with pansies in them. We talked to neighbors, kids dug in dirt, there was juggling, and at the end, the vacant space in our neighborhood looked a bit brighter. We also got a chance to tell people that the lot would soon be open for an interim project and the long term planning would be open to their participation.
This morning, all the flowers and containers and the MVG banners, which have been up since September 2011, are all gone. A clean sweep. We don’t know who took our flowers and signs and we don’t know what it means. Can you help us figure it out?
You can see more pictures of Sunday’s beautiful action here.
– On Thursday, March 1, we will be meeting 6:30-7:30pm at Wally’s Square Root (Classon and Myrtle) to get an update on our communications with DEP, rumors that we have heard about City Council’s plans for the site and to make a workplan for this weekend. Please come prepared to share any information you have and to scheme for the weekend.
– On Sunday, 10am-2pm (the weather looks great!*) we will have a presence in front of the Myrtle Avenue Parcel. Bring your enthusiasm for your neighborhood, a camera, things to plant, signs, containers, gloves, chalk, wire, seedbombs, empty soda bottles to make plant hangers from, etc. We will have an updated list after Thursday’s meeting. If you have ideas, please bring those!
*it’s supposed to rain on Saturday…
Save the dates: Next Myrtle Village Green meetings on Saturdays, February 4 & 18 at noon!! We are planning a winter bulb & compost project, and gearing up to present our visions for awesome Village Greenspace to the larger community and elected officials in March.
Meetings will be held at St Lucy Old Roman Catholic Church, 802 Kent Ave between Park and Flushing.
Get in on this action!
Contact Elba (email@example.com) to get involved in the planning physical projects for the Myrtle Avenue portion of the space this winter.
The Department of Environmental Protection is getting the Myrtle Avenue side of the Myrtle Village Green Space ready to turn over to our community. WOW – it’s huge! And level! And has a new fence!
It’s time for a MYRTLE VILLAGE GREEN GENERAL MEETING, the first of 2012!
Sunday, January 15, 5pm.
St Lucy Old Roman Catholic Church
802 Kent Ave between Park and Flushing
Before the meeting on the same day, 3-4:30pm, there will be an informal gathering at the MVG space on Myrtle Avenue so we can all get oriented to the huge piece of our neighborhood we are talking about.
The agenda for the meeting will include the empowerment of working groups to make decisions and take actions. We will present the following list of working groups as a draft first list:
– Finance (how to fund the interim use)
– Meeting Facilitation (setting the next meetings, making agendas…)
– MVG Governance (decision-making process, mission statement, formation…)
– Digital Communications (Website, Newsletter)
– Design/Features/Programming (what should be in the space for interim use)
– Legal (incorporation? insurance?)
– Partnerships with Other Water Tunnel Sites & Other New Green Space Signs
– Keys & Security
– Laison with Government (DEP, City Council, Community Board)
– Identifying Resources (Green Thumb, New York Council on the Environment, etc.)
Each group will come up with proposals to address the initial problems.
The decisions of the working groups will be ratified by the General Meeting using a process that we’ll agree on at the meeting.
We are so excited to have a GREEN for our VILLAGE, and soon!
Wednesday, August 31st at 4pm
Gather at 320 Tompkins Avenue, march to 1168 Fulton Street (768 Dean Inc.)
Join Organizing for Occupation (O4O) at Mary Lee Ward’s house in the campaign to keep her secure in her home. The purported owner, Mr. Shameem Chowdhury (of 768 Dean Inc.), has refused to negotiate and will move ahead with plans to evict Ms. Ward, an 82 year-old Bed-Stuy great-grandmother who has lived in her home for the past 44 years. Ms. Ward, beloved in her community, is a victim of predatory lending. She was in line to become yet another casualty of the foreclosure crisis except that… She’s not giving up!
And neither are we!
O4O seeks a just settlement that recognizes Ms. Ward as the rightful owner of her home. O4O also seeks to reconcile the history of deceptive lending practices that have stripped neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy of their community wealth and power. O4O is an all-volunteer network of concerned NYC residents who believe that the only means of realizing the human right to a home is through direct action. Contact: 212.213.3920 / www.o4onyc.org (press about Ms. Ward’s case is here) .
At the end of April, 14 tiny new swamp oaks appeared on the Kent Ave side of the Myrtle Village Green. Since then, one of them died for lack of water. We need to save our trees. Two things you can do:
1. Call 311 and ask them to water the trees.
2. Work with Jerry from Myrtle Pets to set up a system to water the trees. He is asking for a key to the fire hydrant. Call him (718) 783-6298 to find out when the bucket brigade begins!
Trilok Artists Market opening and block party at 143 Waverly at Myrtle, Saturday 10am. How nice — come by and meet the neighbors in the leafier part of Myrtle Avenue! Our elected representatives will be there, too. This is a good time to talk up the MVG!
The market will continue every weekend from Saturday, August 13, 2011 through October.