Our community residents are coming together to create a garden and community area at Patchen and Putnam Avenues This will be a great educational and preservation tool and will also provide a place for younger children to interact with their peers in a safe and protected environment. Having a mixed use space is a remarkable place to encourage and cultivate hands-on interactive, kinesthetic, multi-sensory environmental learning. It would also create community unity, community integrity, better community health and community pride.
Patchen Community Square was founded in 2012 through signs posted by 596 Acres on the fence. Alexis and Alison began discussing plans for the space through their website and received the help and support of Patchen Avenue and Jefferson Avenue Block Associations. In June, Community Board 3 and 596 Acres provided letters of support for licensing from HPD and Green Thumb and official licensing came in July of that year. Together, we bring diverse backgrounds in agriculture, community organizing, education and engineering to the garden.
A Big Thanks! to our friends at: 596acres, Build it Green, NYC HPD, Green Thumb, IOBY, and Community Board 3.
Alison Iven, President
Kenneth Edwards, Vice President
Regina Edwards, Treasurer
Crystal Edwards, Secretary
Pam Wells, Correspondence Secretary
Chebby Smith, Project Manager
Alexis Bhagat , Project Manager
Ocyruss Wells, Project Manager
The goal of Patchen Community Square is to create a beautiful space in the heart of Bed-Stuy where all walks of life are welcome. This is a space for neighbors to congregate, feel safe, and be heard all while enjoying the benefits of greenery in an urban neighborhood.
We recognize that the act of reclaiming public land for community use is a political act, and as such we aim to be a space that facilitates activism for the oppressed in our community. This includes actively enforcing our safe space policy and rallying against racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, ageism, and other forms of oppression.
Patchen Community Square was founded in 2012 through signs posted by 596 Acres on the fence. Neighbors and the Patchen Avenue Block Association began discussing plans for the space through their website and meeting together. In June, Community Board 3 and 596 Acres provided letters of support for licensing from HPD and Green Thumb and official licensing came in July of that year.
In 2015, Patchen Community Square was placed on HPD's list of lots that were to be built upon for Mayor diBlasio's commitment to 20,000 units of affordable housing. Working with 596 Acres, we learned that the garden was zoned 6B and approximately 10 units costing $3,200/mo for a family a four could be built in the space. In 2016, after a year of advocating with the help of 596 Acres, the NYC Community Garden Coalition, and citywide coalition of community gardeners (some of whom were also on the HPD list of lots), the garden was conveyed to the Parks Department where it will remain for future residents to use and garden.
Pamela Williams Wells
Kenny Edwards, Alison Iven
Kyiesha Kelly, Leanne Jaffe
Cash Smith, Kyle Twitchell