There’s Definitely Enough Space

JOIN 596 ACRES: online TONIGHT, in Brooklyn THIS SUNDAY & in Manhattan in March We’ll be on facebook live tonight from 7pm to 8pm to scheme with you about organizing to gain access to vacant lots, buildings and street ends in your [...]

2017 Annual Report!

For stories of our impact in 2017, you can download the 2017 Impact Report in pdf form here. Or, scroll to the bottom of this page to read it like a book. (There’s a button at left to make [...]

Introducing web tools developer intern Sam Raby

Meet Sam Raby, our Web Tools Developer intern! A recent graduate of Wesleyan University, Sam joined our team in October and has been working to build our new online map focusing on the city’s one dollar lot sales. With [...]


Welcome to a new year for creating and protecting places where neighborhood networks and community resilience can flourish! We prepared for it by holding space for residents to dream and scheme for access to vacant spaces (photos of our year-end workshop here) and [...]

Request that NYC Parks Incorporate Locally-Designed Holistic Health and Wellness Garden into New Park in the South Bronx

A big vacant public lot in the South Bronx, between W 169ths and 170th Streets, Nelson and Shakespeare Aves, was planned as parkland decades ago. But, funding was never allocated to this heavily disinvested area of our City to [...]

Announcing 596 Acres’ New Leadership Team

Announcing 596 Acres’ New Tripartite Directorship: Mara Dawn Kravitz, Stephanie Alvarado and Rachel Dobkin  596 Acres is excited to officially introduce its new leadership team: Mara Dawn Kravitz and Stephanie Alvarado, Directors of Advocacy and Partnerships, and Rachel Dobkin Director of Development. [...]

& We Will Lift Each Other Up!

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY IN HARLEM FOR A CITYWIDE ORGANIZER MEETING Whether you’re in the midst of your campaign to transform the vacant lot in your life with your neighbors, you already have access, or you want to get [...]

Moving at the Speed of Trust

Communities can own and protect land for public good through community land trusts! The Oakland Community Land Trust, or OakCLT, has been protecting community access to land in partnership with residents and community-based organizations since 2009. We got to visit last [...]

Help protect community places from illegal foreclosure

The NYC Department of Finance sells tax debt owed to the city to private speculative debt collectors each year through the tax lien sale. It routinely includes active nonprofits, even though they are exempt from paying taxes as per New [...]

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