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Intern Insights from groundtruther Tim Nottage

Welcome to Intern Insights, a series of blog posts from our 596 Acres’ 2017 summer interns! Hi, I’m Tim, an intern with 596 Acres this summer. I’m also a graduate student at The New School studying Theories of Urban [...]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rally at City Hall following introduction of bill to exempt charities from tax lien sale

New bill to exempt charities from tax lien sale Rally at City Hall following introduction of bill and announcing other developments Contact: Ben Roussel (212-255-2575 or ben@caminopr.com) NEW YORK — This week, 2017, a bill will be introduced to [...]

596 Acres testifies at New York City Council on Law Requiring NYC to keep its own urbanreviewer.org

Urban Renewal Area planning has left acres of abandoned city-owned lots in NYC’s neighborhoods that had already suffered decades of disinvestment caused by legally-instituted racism. We have long been holding the city accountable to its abandoned Urban Renewal Area [...]

News from the Acres: The Infinite Unity of Our Mutual Needs

PROTECTING OUR PLACES: IT’S WORKING! As a result of our collective advocacy, 361 active community properties are no longer at risk! The deadline for illegally-taxed nonprofit-owned properties to not have their improperly-charged debt sold to private investors was delayed to next Friday, [...]

Researcher for NYCommons.org

This Summer, join the 596 Acres team to add key details to a new tool for NYC community land access. Created in collaboration with Common Cause/NY and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, NYCommons.org will bring [...]

Tax Lien Sale Advocacy Makes Substantial Wins (But It’s Not Over!)

Winning! The annual NYC Department of Finance Tax Lien Sale, policy since 1996, puts our neighborhoods at risk in several ways. Here’s what our collective advocacy to protect them has seen so far: 361 active community properties are not in jeopardy  In February, the [...]

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 [...]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On the day of the deadline to settle debt with the city, sixteen NYC Council Members call on NYC Department of Finance to exempt community properties and vacant lots from the tax lien sale

Just this morning, sixteen New York City Council Members sent NYC’s Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha a letter calling for recently tax-exempt charity properties and vacant lots to be excluded from its 2017 tax lien sale. Today is [...]

ACT NOW TO PROTECT 349 COMMUNITY PROPERTIES FROM THE TAX LIEN SALE

Deadline is next Thursday, May 11: WE COULD LOSE 349 OF OUR PLACES!  Active community centers, gardens, churches, cultural hubs, veteran’s resource centers and other nonprofit-owned properties that New Yorkers rely on are entitled to tax exemptions by NYS law. Their [...]

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