News from the Acres: Growing Stronger Every Day 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 [...]

Protect Community Property from the Threat of the Tax Lien Sale

1100 Bergen Community garden, owned by its block association for decades, was at risk of having tax debt sold to an investor-backed trust when an administrator failed to file the annual property tax exemption renewal. We worked with gardeners [...]

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). [...]

Testimony in Support of People Power Over Properties with Deed Restrictions Placed On Behalf of Us New Yorkers

Thank you for holding this hearing and accepting my testimony today. My name is Paula Segal. I am an attorney and the founding director of New York City’s Community Land Access Advocacy organization, 596 Acres. I am here to [...]

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 [...]

596 Acres Testifies at City Council on the Housing Not Warehousing Act

The story that we often hear is that real estate in New York City is running out. In this atmosphere of scarcity, communities are asked to choose between necessities: parks and gardens, much-needed housing for seniors, a day care [...]

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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