Residents Plan Sunday Event to Create “Community Space” at 181 Stanton Street


As you can see from this flyer, there’s an organizing event on Sunday at 181 Stanton Street, which local activists want to reclaim for a community garden.  But there’s a twist to this story.  181 Stanton is part of a development parcel (also including 137-139 Attorney Street), which is destined to become a five-story residential building.

This past spring, Community Board 3 gave its blessing to the city to sell 181 Stanton and 137 Attorney Street to the estate of Bill Gottlieb. As we reported last year, 139 Attorney Street has been part of Gottlieb’s huge Manhattan portfolio for decades.  The activists, however, have other ideas.  Sunday’s event is being coordinated through “596 Acres,” an organization which helps “neighbors form connections to the vacant public lots in their lives.” There’s a long conversation on the web site detailing the organizers’ efforts to reclaim the space.

Sunday’s event takes place from 1-4 p.m.