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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

HELP US PASS THE HOUSING NOT WAREHOUSING ACT

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 [...]

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 [...]

Introducing Mara Kravitz, 596 Acres’ Director of Partnerships

People have been asking me: what does it mean, partnerships? We already inevitably share our city. We create it together at each moment with the lives we are living. We each depend on it for our survival, and we [...]

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 [...]

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