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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 [...]

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 [...]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On the day of the deadline to settle debt with the city, sixteen NYC Council Members call on NYC Department of Finance to exempt community properties and vacant lots from the tax lien sale

Just this morning, sixteen New York City Council Members sent NYC’s Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha a letter calling for recently tax-exempt charity properties and vacant lots to be excluded from its 2017 tax lien sale. Today is [...]

Small Gifts, Seismic Shifts

We need our community spaces now more than ever. Resilience relies on the strength of our communities. We need places to build those strengths. Nothing takes place without a place. By giving to 596 Acres by the calendar end, you allow [...]

Civic Groups Welcome Launch of NYC Open Records Website

Major New York City civic groups thanked Maya Wiley, Counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Pauline Toole and her team at the NYC Department of Records, and NYC DoITT for launching the beta version of the new [...]

For immediate release: Court Questions LLC’s Claim to Ownership of Community Garden, Throwing Wrench in Prospect-Lefferts Development Plans

The Maple Street Community Garden, threatened with eviction and targeting by restraining orders throughout the last year, is safe for now. On Friday, Judge Mark Partnow of the Kings County Supreme Court responded affirmatively to gardeners’ motions to dismiss a claim [...]

Public Buildings For Sale to Private For-Profit Developers: Press Conference October 28, 2015 at 9:30am

UPDATED: October 27, 2015, 3:40pm The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has announced the first public auction of “surplus” City real estate since 2013. We are working together with Picture the Homeless, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation [...]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brooklyn Gardeners Protecting Their Plots, In Court

A large solidarity group is supporting Maple Street Community Garden in its fight against eviction. At the last hearing in Housing Court on April 1st, 2015, a group of approximately two dozen supporters stood in solidarity with the gardeners [...]

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