News from the Acres: Our Golden Garden Glove Affair Gala Is Tomorrow Night!

Environmental justice is an ongoing struggle, and we’re here to support the communities taking it on. We just launched a new round of inventorying unused Parks Department buildings to identify more places for neighbors to create the community resources we need and [...]

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 [...]


The Housing Not Warehousing Act will add transparency and accountability to vacant public and private property in our neighborhoods. This package of three bills will create a registry that all individuals and corporations holding their property vacant have to enter or pay [...]

Here We Take Care of Our Legacy of Lead

596 Acres is part of the Legacy Lead Consortium for NYC!  This spring, we launched a pilot set of signs to remind New Yorkers that we are all remediators of a legacy of lead in the built environment, and [...]

Parks department purchase of Maple Street Garden is moving through public review!

The Department of Parks and Recreation announced on April 4 that it has begun the official process of buying Maple Street Community Garden, 237 Maple Street between Rogers and Nostrand Avenues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn! Parks’ press release below and here. The April 4 [...]

Springtime signals new growth at Green Valley Community Farm: Brooklyn community garden gears up for expansion

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Amidst the pouring rain, a crowd gathered at Green Valley Farm in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, late on a Friday afternoon, March 31. Huddled in the greenhouse, they celebrated the promised expansion of the community [...]

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 [...]

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