Save The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

For: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
New York
Organizer: New Directions In Healing Inc.
of $5,000 goal
57% Complete
Raised by 64 donors

The Story

Help Us Raise Money for our Shadow Study!

We need to be prepared for the developers Environmental Review, with our own Shadow Study!

According to the Land Use Chairman of Community Board 9, the developers plan a fast track application process

We need to be ready!

Help us Reach Our Goal!


In 1991 BBG requested and received height limits of 6 to 7 stories to protect BBG’s greenhouses and three conservatories. At the time the Department of City Planning stated that 13 plus story development along Franklin Ave was dangerous for BBG because of the shadows they would cast on this environmentally sensitive land mass.   For more  info please click here.

Last Year

Cornell Reality presented a 22 story proposal, (smaller brown building to the left) and we organized and put pressure on our elected official, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who was running for re-election. As a result, Cornell Reality backed down but with the promise to come back when they had the support of the local elected officials. (We assumed that meant when the election year was over.)   


Now Bruce Eichner is planning the largest residential complex in Brooklyn with over a million square feet and heights of 42 stories in a  6 to 7 story zone.   At the Land Use Community Board 9 meeting on February 13, 2018, members of the committee stated that Bruce Eichner has given money to every local elected official and that he would not back down and build within the 6 to 7 limit because he would not make money.  

Environmental Assessment

However, this passage isn't exactly assured because the developer has to do an Environmental Review of the potential negative effects that this development can have on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The downside is that the developers pay for the review and normally it comes back negative (no adverse effects).   

We Must Perform Our Own Environmental Assessment

That is why we need to conduct our own environmental review and present it as an alternative, to push back against the developers as well as use it as a tool to challenge this entire project in a court of law!  

We Will Not Negotiate With Our Garden

Lastly, Members of Community Board 9 Land Use committee have talked about using this project to get community benefits, (the Chairman of Community Board 9, Musa Moore, is a Real Estate Lobbyist, who has appointed 20 out of the 26 members of the committee) but we have stated clearly that we do not want community benefits! That we do not want our Garden destroyed to make money for a wealthy developer! Our garden is our treasure that money should not be able to buy!   

Thus we are raising money to conduct our own environmental review assessment, including an in-depth shadow study to push back against their environmental review. And we also want to prepare to challenge their assessment in a court of law, which is the only place that it can be challenged.   

This would then require us to not only hire experts to do the environmental assessment, but also hire a law firm to prepare for litigation.    

Last year the Brooklyn Botanic Garden had over 900,000 visitors and over 18,000 members! This is one of the most beloved public green spaces in New York City!!! Surely we can protect it!   However we have to act fast

.  They plan on having their environmental assessment done by March/April, which would then begin the ULURP process, once it is certified by the Department of City Planning.  We need to be able to stop the project before it leaves out of the community hands.   

Our Plans

It is our intention to first hire professionals to do the environmental assessment, mainly the shadow study and other areas.  Then we plan on doing a Town Hall meeting  introduce the community to the law firm that we have chosen to litigate for us and present the shadow study

We plan on keeping the community involved and we will be asking for participation and support.  We understand that to be successful we need several approaches, including political actions

We are asking for your help in saving our Garden. Please give generously and pass this fundraiser on.

Please follow us on facebook at And allow us to stay in contact with you.   

Members of  

FLAC -  Flower Lovers Against Corruption 

MTOPP - The Movement To Protect The People 

NDIH – New Directions In Healing        

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 16, 2018


Posted on May 16, 2018

We are still at it.  BBG has been non-responsive to our request to meet with the President Scott Medbury and to come out and make a public statement against the development.

Thus we flowers in our hair, we staged a peaceful demonstration on Mother's Day with our demands.

Here is short video of that demonstration

You can help. 

Please call Scott Medbury and demand that BBG take a stand and meet with the community.

(718) 623-7269

And thank you for supporting our efforts!

Posted on April 9, 2018


Posted on April 9, 2018

We want to thank You for supporting our efforts!

Your generosity is appreciated.

We are still far away from our Goal, of $5,000 by April 15, 2018

Please help and spread the word!


Posted on April 4, 2018

Posted on April 4, 2018

We Got Great News!!!

We Found a group from Pratt Institute who is considering doing our Shadow Study!!!

We will be meeting with then next week!

This is an Open Meeting and all are welcome!

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7pm 

Place: 89 Sterling St., Brooklyn N.Y. 11225

Directions: 2 or 5 train to Sterling St, walk two blocks down

Q,B,or S to Prospect Park, walk one block down.

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We have 11 days to meet our Goal of $5,000!

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