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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 [...]

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 [...]

News from the Acres: Don’t Ignore History. Face It.

JOIN 596 ACRES THIS SUNDAY ON THE BAY FOR OUR SUMMER WORKSHOP! Our summer workshop is this Sunday, July 23 from 3pm to 6pm at the Rockaway Summer House (504 Beach 68th Street in Arverne – photo here). Learn from folks who have successfully organized with [...]

Intern Insights from Groundtruther Sam Kohn

Last weekend, between splashing around the Sunset Park pool on its opening day and grilling 4th of July hotdogs on a stovetop in my apartment, I got the chance to squeeze in a sunny afternoon of groundtruthing for unused [...]

News from the Acres: The Right to the City Is Really the Right to Make Ourselves

We have protected nearly 400 community spaces from this year’s Department of Finance tax lien sale together! At our rally last week (press and photos), Council Member Antonio Reynoso introduced new legislation that will exempt nonprofits going forward! Find out here if your elected advocates sponsor it, thank them if they [...]

Intern Insights: Shannon Dulaney on Protecting our Places

Protect Our Places rally with Public Advocate Letitia James (center) on the steps of New York City Hall, June 22, 2017. My name is Shannon, and I’m working with 596 Acres this summer as a Community Advocacy intern, helping [...]

596 Acres Box Set for Teaching Institutions and Libraries

596 Acres teamed up with Booklyn to publish a small-edition box set that brings together our first five years of print materials! Each 596 Acres Box Set contains 2 artists’ books, 3 fine art prints, and a generous sampling of [...]

Thank You from Our Golden Garden Glove Affair

Our Golden Garden Glove Affair was a smashing success! Thank you to our honorees, Isabahlia Ladies of Elegance Foundation, BK ROT, and The Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Service (above, all looking fantastic), for your important community land stewardship work. And [...]

Intern Insights from groundtruther Tim Nottage

Welcome to Intern Insights, a series of blog posts from 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 Practice, [...]

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