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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 [...]

2016 Annual Report!

To download the PDF, click here. Or read it like a book below! Click the second button down on the left to make it full screen:  

Welcome Alicia

As we close out 2016, 596 Acres is really excited to welcome our new New York City Community Land Access Program Organizer, Alicia Rodgers. In her own words… I am excited to join 596 Acres after completing my Master [...]

Small Gifts, Seismic Shifts

We need our community spaces now more than ever. Resilience relies on the strength of our communities. We need places to build those strengths. Nothing takes place without a place. By giving to 596 Acres by the calendar end, you allow [...]

Intern Dispatch from Mid-Summer: Francisco Miranda

This summer I am trying to visit each and every one of the spaces that 596 Acres has helped create in New York City. I want to meet the communities around them and learn as much as I can [...]

Intern Dispatch from Mid-Summer: Shannon Pepper

Since I started my internship in May, I have gotten a crash course in New York City land policy: learning by doing. The Gardens Are Community, Community Spaces in Jeopardy Bike Ride! bike tour with Public Space Party took [...]

News from the Acres: 17 gardens that took the place of vacant lots via 596 Acres’ facilitation became permanently protected community gardens over the holiday!

The big news first: 36 gardens were transferred to the NYC Parks Department over the winter holiday for permanent preservation. 17 of them were vacant lots that neighbors transformed with through 596 Acres' facilitation. 15 had been offered for [...]

How the Tax Lien Sale is Making Vacant Lots In Your Neighborhood More Terrible (and putting community land at risk)

A big reason that private owners of vacant and abandoned properties in our neighborhoods don’t face consequences when they don’t pay taxes and let weeds and trash pile up on their properties is that the City sells the tax debt to private collection agencies instead of [...]

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 [...]

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