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Community Garden Association Stated a Cause of Action for Adverse Possession of a Lot in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Period of Time the Land Was Used by the Association Before It Was Incorporated in 2012 Was Properly Tacked On

The First Department, in a full-fledged opinion by Justice Tom, over a concurring opinion, determined plaintiff (Garden) had stated a cause of action for adverse possession of a lot in lower Manhattan used since 1985 as the site of a community garden by an unincorporated association (which was later incorporated in 2012): “It is well settled that an unincorporated association may adversely possess property and later incorporate and take title to it because "[a]lthough the unincorporated society could not acquire title by adverse possession, its officers could for its benefit, and when the corporation is duly organized the prior possession may be tacked to its own to establish its title under the statute of limitations" ... . Children's Magical Garden, Inc. v Norfolk St. Dev., LLC, 2018 NY Slip Op 05223, First Dept 7-12-18

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