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 [...]

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 [...]

Ten New Community Controlled Spaces Take the Places of Vacant Lots in 2014 Alone

Through our staff’s facilitation and the efforts of neighbors across the City, since January 1, 2014, ten new official community spaces have been created: 1278 Myrtle Avenue (Bushwick, Brooklyn, licensed & transferred to the Parks Department); Glenmore Grows (East NY, [...]

A Reflection from Our East NY Farms! Extern

We’ve been lucky to have Faith Titilawo with us this summer, an extern from East NY Farms! Below are her thoughts and reflections from ten weeks with us. Thank you for everything, Faith! As the summer comes to an [...]

Update from a new community-managed Parks space in Bushwick!

We got this great letter from the organizers of the space at 1278 Myrtle Ave. at the corner of Central Ave. in Bushwick. It’s been a long journey already and now they are ready to truly begin:  It was [...]

Report Back from the Vacant Acres Symposium: Advocates From All Over the World!

On April 22nd and 23rd, 596 Acres and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School co-hosted the first ever Vacant Acres Symposium, bringing together knowledgeable and passionate (and badass!) urban vacant land advocates from around the [...]

Bronx Got Labeled – March 2014

Yesterday we labeled 7 lots in the South Bronx with the help of two wonderful volunteers. We chatted with neighbors passing by and have already received several phone calls and emails in response to the signs! More photos and [...]

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, [...]

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