Civic Groups Welcome Launch of NYC Open Records Website

Major New York City civic groups thanked Maya Wiley, Counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Pauline Toole and her team at the NYC Department of Records, and NYC DoITT for launching the beta version of the new [...]

Public Buildings For Sale to Private For-Profit Developers: Press Conference October 28, 2015 at 9:30am

UPDATED: October 27, 2015, 3:40pm The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has announced the first public auction of “surplus” City real estate since 2013. We are working together with Picture the Homeless, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation [...]

What Do We Do With Our Land? — annotating community land stewardship on the Lower East Side for the New Museum IDEAS CITY Festival

“Gaining our freedom is, in the first place, ripping off a few acres from the face of a domesticated planet.” –Attila Kotanyi and Raoul Vaneigem, “manifesto of unitary urbanism” Invisible structures and invisible histories make cities as we know [...]

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH: URBAN REVIEWER: A New Tool Examining the Legacy of Urban Renewal in NYC Reviewing Past Urban Plans > Discovering Present Impact > Supporting Future Actions Brooklyn, New York – June 17, 2014 – Urban Reviewer is New [...]

596 Acres Testimony In Support of NYC OpenFOIL Law

There’s a great bill making its way through NYC City Council that would require the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to create a streamlined and centralized system through which people can request to see government documents: an OpenFOIL bill. [...]

A Free MapPLUTO Makes Us All Information Rich

MapPLUTO is a mashup of geographic information and real estate data about New York City, the most powerful and comprehensive data set about the real New York that any government agency maintains. For ten years, until July 2013, the Department [...]

NYC Vacant Property Oversight Hearing Testimony

Testimony to the Committee on Housing and Buildings, Vacant Property In NYC Hello Chair Williams and members of the Committee. My name is Paula Segal and I am the Director of 596 Acres, New York City’s community land access [...]

What Our New Mayor Should Do, Part One: Label public land, fund GreenThumb, reward private owners who let neighbors use their land & require developers to explain development proposals at the sites where they are proposed

596 Acres is New York City’s community land access advocacy organization. We help residents all over the city see possibilities behind the fences on their blocks and get permission to access new spaces in their neighborhoods. These become gardens, [...]


Since our goal is to help people organize, we didn’t think it was helpful to show lots that you can’t get to or that are to small to stand in on this map. BUT: These lots are interesting. And [...]

NYC Land Inventory Reporting Law Signed By Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law yesterday that will require the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to inventory and make publicly accessible data about city owned and leased property, as well as make a determination about [...]

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