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News from the Acres: A Room Full of Citymaking Heroes

We connect New Yorkers with information needed to make our city shine. A ticket to this golden experience will support our work and lead to more space for community. Get yours! THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY PROPERTIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS Last Friday, May [...]

News from the Acres: Every Day Is Earth Day When We Steward Our City

ACT NOW TO CHANGE POLICY – Help Pass the Housing Not Warehousing Act! More than half of our elected advocates in city council support the Housing Not Warehousing Act, a set of bills that will add transparency and accountability to vacant public and [...]

Protecting Our Places: Know Your Rights on Not-for-Profit Property Tax Exemptions

Not-for-profit corporations hold property in service of their missions: they own buildings that house day cares and mosques, arts organizations and churches, food pantries and theaters; they own land for community gardens, playgrounds and farms. State Law is clear [...]

News from the Acres: Join Us next Weekend at GrowTogether!

Last Sunday, 596 Acres brought together stewards from seven community gardens and farms across NYC to share stories of creating, protecting, and preserving vital spaces at the Just Food Conference. Gardeners are using different strategies in their fearless fights to preserve cherished gardens, [...]

News from the Acres: “A garden is a solution that leads to other solutions.” (Wendell Berry)

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES Weeksville, Brooklyn – Congratulations to organizers of An E.D.E.N. Garden at 45 Somers Street (pictured planning above) for winning a grant from Building Healthy Communities and GreenThumb Growing Food Capacity! They will use it to grow produce [...]

News from the Acres: When We Advocate, They Listen!

PROTECTING OUR PLACES – The Department of Finance Tax Lien Sale Since 1996 the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) Tax Lien Sale has routinely dispossessed community organizations of key properties. We have been advocating: we revealed that 89 nonprofits were included in the [...]

News from the Acres: We Saved Brownsville’s Community Farm!

When we fight, we win! Green Valley Community Garden and Farmer’s Market is saved! Just days before the eviction deadline, Mayor Bill de Blasio took heed of the powerful resident-led campaign, supported by 596 Acres and the Community Development Project at the [...]

News from the Acres: Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear but the Triumph over It

The Tax Lien Sale Continues, Along with Our Work to Safeguard Community Property and Give Communities Leverage Over Neglected Lots and Buildings For years, 596 Acres has been advocating for the removal of vacant lots, unoccupied buildings and properties owned by [...]

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