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ACT NOW TO PROTECT 349 COMMUNITY PROPERTIES FROM THE TAX LIEN SALE

Deadline is next Thursday, May 11: WE COULD LOSE 349 OF OUR PLACES!  Active community centers, gardens, churches, cultural hubs, veteran’s resource centers and other nonprofit-owned properties that New Yorkers rely on are entitled to tax exemptions by NYS law. Their [...]

News from the Acres: Every Day Is Earth Day When We Steward Our City

ACT NOW TO CHANGE POLICY – Help Pass the Housing Not Warehousing Act! More than half of our elected advocates in city council support the Housing Not Warehousing Act, a set of bills that will add transparency and accountability to vacant public and [...]

HELP US PASS THE HOUSING NOT WAREHOUSING ACT

The Housing Not Warehousing Act will add transparency and accountability to vacant public and private property in our neighborhoods. This package of three bills will create a registry that all individuals and corporations holding their property vacant have to enter or pay [...]

Parks department purchase of Maple Street Garden is moving through public review!

The Department of Parks and Recreation announced on April 4 that it has begun the official process of buying Maple Street Community Garden, 237 Maple Street between Rogers and Nostrand Avenues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn! Parks’ press release below and here. The April 4 [...]

Introducing Mara Kravitz, 596 Acres’ Director of Partnerships

People have been asking me: what does it mean, partnerships? We already inevitably share our city. We create it together at each moment with the lives we are living. We each depend on it for our survival, and we [...]

Springtime signals new growth at Green Valley Community Farm: Brooklyn community garden gears up for expansion

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Amidst the pouring rain, a crowd gathered at Green Valley Farm in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, late on a Friday afternoon, March 31. Huddled in the greenhouse, they celebrated the promised expansion of the community [...]

Protecting Our Places: Know Your Rights on Not-for-Profit Property Tax Exemptions

Not-for-profit corporations hold property in service of their missions: they own buildings that house day cares and mosques, arts organizations and churches, food pantries and theaters; they own land for community gardens, playgrounds and farms. State Law is clear [...]

Community Land Access is in the Resilient Edgemere Community Plan

In October 2015, NYC Housing Preservation and Development invited 596 Acres to be a community partner on the Resilient Edgemere Community Planning Initiative, an initiative to drive the revision of the Edgemere Urban Renewal Area Plan. This planning effort [...]

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