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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 [...]

Letter to Chief of Parklands Requesting Transfer of Vacant City-Owned Lots to NYC Parks for FIVE NEW COMMUNITY GARDENS!

August 31, 2017 Colleen Alderson Chief of Parklands and Real Estate NYC Department of Parks and Recreation 830 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10065 RE: Request for transfer of vacant lots to NYC Parks so they can become GreenThumb [...]

Courageous Compassion

People who live in neighborhoods everywhere are in the best position to develop them! At the 596 Acres Community Land Access Booth this September, we share info about the vacant lots and buildings in your life and how you and your neighbors can organize to transform [...]

Groundtruther Sam Kohn on the South Bronx’s Garrison Park

A few weeks ago, fellow groundtruther Tim and myself took a bike ride through the west Bronx to check out a few parks we had identified as possibly containing abandoned buildings. This ride was part of our project to [...]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s acquisition of resident-made Maple Street Community Garden is unanimously approved

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s acquisition of resident-made Maple Street Community Garden is unanimously approved Grassroots advocates, public, elected officials strongly support acquisition of open space for beloved community garden in Brooklyn Contact: Mara Kravitz (718-316-6092 X3 or [...]

We Make the Road [That Becomes the Infrastructure] by Walking

Blossoms in NYC: In the past two weeks, we facilitated 596 Acres’ summer workshop (photo above and here) and the community land access workshop at NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative’s July meeting (photos here and here; slides here; you can become a member-investor here, or sign up for the [...]

Groundtruther Tim Nottage on Poe Park’s Past and Present

Last week, in humid 90 degree weather, Sam and I rode our bicycles through the Bronx, groundtruthing parks that might have buildings in need of advocacy. One of our stops was Poe Park, on Grand Concourse. In addition to [...]

Windmill Garden: A Story of Collaboration

This episode of Intern Insights is by summer 2017 community advocacy intern Hannah Foster! The Windmill Community Garden occupies a 2,500-square-foot lot located between 39th and 40th Streets in Long Island City, Queens. Saturday, June 24th, marked The Windmills Garden’s first [...]

Introducing Rachel Dobkin, 596 Acres’ Director of Development

It is easy to live in a city and feel powerless in the face of unseen forces that shape our streets, that build and unbuild the city. Even for a trained attorney (like myself), it is hard to make [...]

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