Two Community Gardens Named in Curbed’s “Biggest Battles” of 2014

From Curbed: The Ten Biggest Battles Waged in NYC This Year

3) Community Gardens: Several community gardens throughout the city were threatened by development this year, often in a situation wherein a formerly-absent landowner would show up to assert their claim on the property whilst destroying, at least in spirit, the beloved community space. The Lower East Side’s Siempre Verde Garden was defended from new development by the community, Crown Heights’ Roger That Garden is trying to scrape together funds to buy the property back from a soulless developer, and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’ Maple Street Community Garden is facing adversity from its ostensible owners that actually can’t prove their claim to the land.

NYC Blooms With OpenStreetMap

Blogger and OpenStreetMap enthusiast Serge Wroclawski writes, “A community mapping project in New York is showing how OpenStreetMap can not only show how mapping can help people navigate, it can shape how people perceive their city.”

OpenStreetMap and GrowNYC collaborated in a meetup with Eric Brelsford, a NYC Mapper and founder of 596 Acres, a non-profit dedicated to land use and advocacy issues in New York City and Mara Gittleman from the NYC Community Garden Coalition, an activist organization working to protect community gardens in the city.

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