01/25/16 3:27pm
Roger That Community Garden is fighting for its life. Via FB.

Roger That Community Garden is fighting for its life. Via FB.

Residents of Crown Heights have been fighting for years to save a community garden between Rogers Avenue and Park Place from turning into another real estate monstrosity. They now have some political backers in the form of Rep. Diana Richardson and New York State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, who have introduced legislation that would grant the Roger That Garden eminent domain to make it a park, and save it from development. It’s good to have political muscle, but it’s the voices of the people that politicians also needs to hear. You could email them, but it’s easy for anyone to ignore emails. What people can’t ignore, however, is a huge pile of letters arriving at their desks. Even if they all don’t get read, the group is hoping that the sheer size of the pile will likely grab the attention of state lawmakers.

So tomorrow night (Jan. 26) head down to the Two Saints bar to meet your fellow garden-lovers and have a letter-writing party. From 7-10pm grab some paper, a pen and a drink, and write an old-fashioned letter to state legislators, letting them know how much you’d rather have this garden than more condos in Crown Heights. (more…)

09/26/14 12:01pm
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You get to paint this, again. via Facebook

When we last heard from Roger That Community Garden, they were getting boarded up and the developer who owns the lot was asking for a million dollars for it. Still, the gardeners who turned a gross garbage lot into a nice garden aren’t giving up yet, and are inviting people to re-paint a mural outside the garden washed way by rain, to fight what a garden founder called “community terrorism,” in an interview with DNA Info. (more…)

08/18/14 1:12pm
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Save Roger That…start buying scratch-off tickets. Photo by Emily-Bell Dinan

If anyone has a rich eccentric uncle trying to spend all of his money before he dies, you might want to hit him up now, because the owner of the lot where Crown Heights’ Roger That Garden sits has put a price on what it will cost to buy the lot from him: one million dollars, according to the New York Post. Which is a lot of money, but to be fair, Steve Billings of TYC Realty paid a $10 to buy the property, and a man needs to make his money back in this crazy go go world of ours. (more…)

06/26/14 3:17pm
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A piece of fence going up at Roger That. Photo by David Colon

Roger That Community Garden, whose volunteers were raising money to buy the property from its new owner TYC Realty when we last checked in, is possibly facing the end after the workers showed up to the property to begin installing a construction fence earlier this morning. Garden founder Emily Bell-Dinan claims that three weeks ago TYC Realty promised to get in touch with her about a deal to purchase the property through the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, but that she hadn’t heard anything since then before today’s fence went up. (more…)

04/10/14 3:49pm
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Save both the Roger That garden and the view of the sweet mural overlooking it.

A little while back, we told you that Crown Heights’ Roger That community garden was facing the prospect of being closed and replaced with some condos. They’re not just rolling over and giving up though. Instead, they’re having a benefit party Saturday to help fund their purchase the deed to the land  so that Crown Heights can keep a little green space amidst all the new condos. What does the party mean for you? Oh, just a bunch of dancing and good times and raffle prizes. (more…)

04/10/14 9:28am
Milton Berle and Fozzie

Sometimes you just need this at the end of a weekendunio

1. Head On is pitting two of the most beloved MTV programs of your youth, and their music choices, against each other with 120 Minutes versus The Grind. Choose what you dance to wisely (Friday)

2. Winter finally died so celebrate by checking out some art inspired by the passing of the seasons at the Equinox Solstice show at Eight of Swords (Friday)

3. Sick of enjoying movies merely because they’re skillfully made and deserving of the money and attention lavished on them? See two days of movies so bad they’re great at the Bad Film Fest (Friday and Saturday) (more…)