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Letter to Chief of Parklands Requesting Transfer of Vacant City-Owned Lots to NYC Parks for FIVE NEW COMMUNITY GARDENS!

August 31, 2017 Colleen Alderson Chief of Parklands and Real Estate NYC Department of Parks and Recreation 830 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10065 RE: Request for transfer of vacant lots to NYC Parks so they can become GreenThumb [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Community Land Access is in the Resilient Edgemere Community Plan

In October 2015, NYC Housing Preservation and Development invited 596 Acres to be a community partner on the Resilient Edgemere Community Planning Initiative, an initiative to drive the revision of the Edgemere Urban Renewal Area Plan. This planning effort [...]

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