Save Imani Willow Fundraiser Update

Pareesa Pourian Sketch of Historic Imani Weeping Willow

 

Buy a Ticket and Place An Ad in our Event Booklet

On October 1st, the Imani Gardeners will be hosting a fundraiser at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 2 PM.   The event will focus on our struggle to preserve our garden over the past year and celebrate 10 years of gardening at Imani.  Featured will be a video about Saving the Weeping Willow,  a talk about ways we can save land for the community in the future, an art auction, vegetables and medicinals from the garden, music and refreshments.  Tickets for the event will be $20 if you purchase in advance and $25 at the door.  To purchase your ticket click here.

If you can’t make the event and would still like to show your support, or you’d like to honor your favorite charity, to honor a relative or community member or just thank the Imani Gardeners for their work, consider placing an ad in our event booklet.

Ad rates are as follows:
Business card: $50  Up to 12 words
1/4 page: $75  Up to 25 words
1/2 page: $125  Up to 50 words
Full page: $200  Up to 100 words
Inside back cover: $400  Up to 100 words
Inside front cover: $400  Up to 100 words
Back cover: $500  Up to 100 words


Ad prices



After you’ve paid for your ad, send an email to “saveimanitree@gmail.com”, tell us the name on the credit card you used to pay, the size ad you purchased and what you’d like the ad to say, up to number of words allowed for your ad size.

Thanks for supporting Imani Garden and Saving the Weeping Willow.

BSEC is located at 53 Prospect Park West between 1st and 2nd Streets.

Press coverage of Imani Garden

Channel 12

Prospect Heights Patch

Imani Gardeners Kick off Campaign To Save the Weeping Willow

On July 17th, the owner of the middle lot at Imani I had threatened to install fences that would have cut the Imani Garden in two pieces.  In response, garden members called a press conference for 4 PM that day and invited the press to come and witness the destruction of our garden.

What happened instead is that, not only did the owner NOT put up the fences, he offered to sell his lot to anyone interested in buying it.  We are seeking purchasers interested in donating the lot to NYRP, the non-profit gardening group that owns the remaining 2/3’s of Imani Garden.  Warning!  This won’t be cheap, so only wealthy benefactors need apply.  Our estimate: somewhere in the vicinity of $500,000.   Think of who you know that could spare a half a million to help a struggling historic garden in Weeksville.  Read below for more information on Weeksville, NYC’s oldest independent African-American community.   Of course, any donation will be fully tax-deductible.

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Press Release: Imani Garden To Be Cut Asunder Monday July 17th 4 PM

July 16th

For Immediate Release

IMANI GARDEN TO BE CUT ASUNDER

Imani Garden, an historic community garden located in Weeksville, Brooklyn, the oldest independent African-American community in New York City, is about to be cut into two pieces. Like Solomon’s baby, this garden is being cut asunder by the neglect of City and State officials. Unlike the real mother in the Solomon baby saga, neither the City nor the State is stepping in to save the baby.

To witness this destruction, attend our Press Conference on Monday July 17th at 4 PM at 89 Schenectady Avenue, between Dean Street and Pacific Streets

On Monday, the owner of 89 Schenectady Avenue, a lot purchased as a result of the City’s tax lien sale, a lot once owned by a non-profit, will put up fences that will cut an NYRP-owned community garden into two pieces – and lead to the destruction of an iconic willow tree that has graced this low-income community for over 50 years.

Founded as Imani Garden – which means “faith” in Swahili and is the final day of Kwanzaa – by the nearby Our Lady of Charity RC Church, 89 Schenectady Avenue was the subject of a series of tax lien sales in the early 2000’s by the City of New York. This despite the fact that it was owned by a non-profit created by a member of the OLOC church. Under existing procedures, a non-profit has to file annual notices with the State to be removed from the City tax rolls. By placing the burden of proof on often under-funded non-profits, this City-State two step manages to create a vast reservoir of properties for the gaping maws of land speculators.

In the case of Imani, to collect what appears to be less than $15,000 in back taxes, the City created a situation where speculators stand to rake in as much $235,000 or more. Nice deal for them, raw deal for Weeksville.

For more information call Greg Todd at 718-496-5139 or email imanigreg@gmail.com. Also see our website.

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