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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 [...]

596 Acres Box Set for Teaching Institutions and Libraries

596 Acres teamed up with Booklyn to publish a small-edition box set that brings together our first five years of print materials! Each 596 Acres Box Set contains 2 artists’ books, 3 fine art prints, and a generous sampling of [...]

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 [...]

Intern Insights from groundtruther Tim Nottage

Welcome to Intern Insights, a series of blog posts from 596 Acres’ 2017 summer interns! Hi, I’m Tim, an intern with 596 Acres this summer. I’m also a graduate student at The New School studying Theories of Urban Practice, [...]

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 [...]

596 Acres testifies at New York City Council on Law Requiring NYC to keep its own urbanreviewer.org

Urban Renewal Area planning has left acres of abandoned city-owned lots in NYC’s neighborhoods that had already suffered decades of disinvestment caused by legally-instituted racism. We have long been holding the city accountable to its abandoned Urban Renewal Area [...]

News from the Acres: The Infinite Unity of Our Mutual Needs

PROTECTING OUR PLACES: IT’S WORKING! As a result of our collective advocacy, 361 active community properties are no longer at risk! The deadline for illegally-taxed nonprofit-owned properties to not have their improperly-charged debt sold to private investors was delayed to next Friday, [...]

Researcher for NYCommons.org

This Summer, join the 596 Acres team to add key details to a new tool for NYC community land access. Created in collaboration with Common Cause/NY and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, NYCommons.org will bring [...]

Tax Lien Sale Advocacy Makes Substantial Wins (But It’s Not Over!)

Winning! The annual NYC Department of Finance Tax Lien Sale, policy since 1996, puts our neighborhoods at risk in several ways. Here’s what our collective advocacy to protect them has seen so far: 360 active community properties are not in jeopardy  In February, the [...]

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