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News from the Acres: Lots to Be Thankful For

Since 2011, we have supported New Yorkers who transformed 37 vacant lots into community spaces and successfully advocated for 53 community spaces to gain permanent protections. Through our efforts together, 39 community spaces were permanently preserved in 2016 alone! In a city [...]

News from the Acres: Space is the Place

TONIGHT! Protecting Our Places! Know Your Rights on Not-for-Profit Tax Exemptions is tonight, Thursday, November 10 from 6pm to 8:30pm at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus at 155 W 60th Street in Manhattan, Room 109B. Does your nonprofit or [...]

News from the Acres: Places We Love

Our hearts are breaking: 89 community properties use were included in the 2016 tax lien sale. They are churches, mosques, veterans’ organizations and Tot Lots. Nearly all of these bills should have never been sent in the first place: churches, non-profit organizations and other charities [...]

News from the Acres: Growing Stronger Every Day

596acres.org is brand new today! Check it out and share! Read our five pillars of community land access advocacy, learn about NYC policies impacting community property and see opportunities for collaboration. SAVE THE DATE: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – PROTECT OUR PLACES Are you a member [...]

News from the Acres: Bringing the Right People to the Table

NYCommons, a collaboration of 596 Acres, the Urban Justice Center Community Development Project and Common Cause/NY, was part of a workshop last weekend on community influence over neighborhood development and affordable housing in Red Hook, Brooklyn (photo above and more photos here). [...]

News from the Acres: Happy Autumnal Equinox!

We are so happy to have facilitated the creation and permanent preservation of Electric Ladybug Garden in Harlem! A former vacant public lot is now the site of film screenings, community gatherings, and children’s concerts like the one pictured above [...]

News from the Acres: Let’s Make Forgotten Spaces into Treasured Places

This morning, 596 Acres joined advocates citywide at City Hall to testify on the Housing Not Warehousing Act. The Act will add transparency and accountability to vacant public and private properties in our neighborhoods: “The story that we often hear is that real [...]

News from the Acres: What Can You Do in a Community Garden?

When neighbors organize to create and preserve NYC’s community spaces, they’re creating the potential for so much more to take place. On Monday evening, 1100 Bergen Street Community Garden in Crown Heights held Sew WHAT in the Garden – a clothing swap and sewing circle hosted [...]

News from the Acres: We Made It out of Vacant Public Land

In early 2013, Bushwick’s youth-run composting service BK Rot, identified vacant lots on Myrtle Avenue as a future place to compost food scraps and spread environmental stewardship with 596 Acres’ help. They led a community land access advocacy campaign that expanded to include Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn [...]

News from the Acres: We Built this City!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn – The Hancock Street Community Block Association has a wonderful vision for the transformation of an 18-foot wide lot that has been abandoned by the City for decades. Click here to see it. [...]

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