596 Acres visits the Oakland Community Land Trust

Communities can own and protect land for public good through community land trusts! When Stephanie and I were in Oakland for the nonprofit democracy network convening last week, we had the pleasure of connecting with Steve King of the Oakland Community Land [...]

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 [...]

Courageous Compassion

People who live in neighborhoods everywhere are in the best position to develop them! At the 596 Acres Community Land Access Booth this September, we share info about the vacant lots and buildings in your life and how you and your neighbors can organize to transform [...]

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 [...]

We Make the Road [That Becomes the Infrastructure] by Walking

Blossoms in NYC: In the past two weeks, we facilitated 596 Acres’ summer workshop (photo above and here) and the community land access workshop at NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative’s July meeting (photos here and here; slides here; you can become a member-investor here, or sign up for the [...]

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 [...]

News from the Acres: Don’t Ignore History. Face It.

JOIN 596 ACRES THIS SUNDAY ON THE BAY FOR OUR SUMMER WORKSHOP! Our summer workshop is this Sunday, July 23 from 3pm to 6pm at the Rockaway Summer House (504 Beach 68th Street in Arverne – photo here). Learn from folks who have successfully organized with [...]

Intern Insights from Groundtruther Sam Kohn

Last weekend, between splashing around the Sunset Park pool on its opening day and grilling 4th of July hotdogs on a stovetop in my apartment, I got the chance to squeeze in a sunny afternoon of groundtruthing for unused [...]

News from the Acres: The Right to the City Is Really the Right to Make Ourselves

We have protected nearly 400 community spaces from this year’s Department of Finance tax lien sale together! At our rally last week (press and photos), Council Member Antonio Reynoso introduced new legislation that will exempt nonprofits going forward! Find out here if your elected advocates sponsor it, thank them if they [...]

Intern Insights: Shannon Dulaney on Protecting our Places

Protect Our Places rally with Public Advocate Letitia James (center) on the steps of New York City Hall, June 22, 2017. My name is Shannon, and I’m working with 596 Acres this summer as a Community Advocacy intern, helping [...]

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