Save The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

For: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
New York
Organizer: New Directions In Healing Inc.
$2,882
of $10,000 goal
28% Complete
Raised by 64 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

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!

History

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.)   


Present

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  https://www.facebook.com/mtopp.plg/ 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 June 25, 2018

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Posted on June 25, 2018

We want to thank you for your contribution!  Our Shadow Study Forum was a success and we hope you were able to come out and see it.  However, our fight is not over!  And your help is still needed.

Cornell Realty Hearing on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Development! 

The Cornell Realty Rezoning Application is being Fast Tracked through the Uniform Land Use Review Process "ULURP". Instead of the two month review allowed Communities, our Community Board 9, has reduced our time for review from two month to two weeks!That is one of the benefits the Real Estate Industry has, when our Chairperson is a Real Estate Lobbyist. 


Cornell Realty Hearing will happen on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6 pm.

Location: MS 61 400 Empire Blvd (corner of New York Ave)

Directions: 2 or 5 train to Sterling St, walk one block down! 


Not only was the time reduced but the hearing was also placed on the most inconvenient day of June: Election Day!  With so many active political people manning polls, helping out campaigns and other activities, placing this on Election Day will prevent more people from coming out!  

But don't let that stop you!!!You must come out and say No to this development. 

Also go to our Online Petition and Demand that Cornell Realty Do a Lawful Shadow Study 

Click here for more information about Cornell Realty unlawful Shadow Study

Thanks You!


Posted on June 20, 2018

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Posted on June 20, 2018

Reminder - Shadow Study - Sun-Glare Forum Today!

Thanks to YOUR Generosity our Our Shadow Study and Sun-glare Forum is all set to be presented today!!!!

Please come out to this important event

Today! - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6 pm – 9 pm

Location: St. Francis de Sales School of the Deaf
260 Eastern Pkwy (btw Franklin Ave and Classon Ave) Brooklyn, New York 11225
Directions: Subway: Franklin Ave (2,3,4,5,S); Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum (2,3)

Presenters

Professor Tom Angotti - Emeritus at Hunter College,
Graduate Center for Community Planning and Development
Professor Brent Porter - Pratt University School of Architecture
Professor Julio Salcedo-Fernandez - City College School of Architecture.
Environmental Lawyer – To be Announced
Alicia Boyd, MS, MA – The Movement To Protect The People
Imani Henry MSW, MPA – Equality For Flatbush
Ellen Haywood - Committee on 100 for a Free BBG

Light Refreshments will be Served! 

We want to thank everyone who made donations to make this event happen!!!


Posted on June 14, 2018

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Posted on June 14, 2018

JUN 14, 2018 — We have Great News!!!  We Are having Our Shadow and Sun-Glare Forum


Our fundraising efforts were successful in our first portion of our initiative. We have been able to raise enough money (thanks to you) to do a shadow Study and Sun-Glare Analysis of both proposed projects.

We will be presenting our findings on Weds. June 20, 2018 at 6 pm. See below for more details.

We have engaged in a contract with two Universities; Pratt University School of Architecture and City College University School of Architecture to do Shadow Study and Sun-Glare presentations.

We do hope that you can attend this very important event so that you may find out what type of negative consequences these proposed developments will have on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden "BBG".

Also please spread the word about this event.

We plan on providing you with information, strategies, and actions that you can take to help us save this very public space.

What we need now is Volunteers for this weekend and on the day of the forum to help us. If you have any time you can spare please let us know by calling
(718) 703-3086.

And thanks so much for your continued support.

Information on Shadow and Sun-Glare Forum

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: St. Francis de Sales - School of the Deaf
260 Eastern Pkwy (btw Franklin Ave and Classon Ave) Bklyn, N.Y. 11225
Directions: take # 2,3,4,5 to Franklin Ave or 2,3, to Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum

Presenters
Professor Tom Angotti - Emeritus at Hunter College,
Graduate Center for Community Planning and Development
Professor Brent Porter - Pratt University School of Architecture
Professor Julio Salcedo-Fernandez - City College School of Architecture.
Environmental Lawyer – To be Announced
Alicia Boyd, MS, MA – The Movement To Protect The People
Imani Henry MSW, MPA – Equality For Flatbush
Ellen Haywood - Committee on 100 for a Free BBG

Light Refreshments will be Served
For more information go to  http://www.mtopp.org/events.html

Call (718) 703-3086

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