Groundtruther Sam Kohn on the South Bronx’s Garrison Park

A few weeks ago, fellow groundtruther Tim and myself took a bike ride through the west Bronx to check out a few parks we had identified as possibly containing abandoned buildings. This ride was part of our project to [...]

Groundtruther Tim Nottage on Poe Park’s Past and Present

Last week, in humid 90 degree weather, Sam and I rode our bicycles through the Bronx, groundtruthing parks that might have buildings in need of advocacy. One of our stops was Poe Park, on Grand Concourse. In addition to [...]

Windmill Garden: A Story of Collaboration

This episode of Intern Insights is by summer 2017 community advocacy intern Hannah Foster! The Windmill Community Garden occupies a 2,500-square-foot lot located between 39th and 40th Streets in Long Island City, Queens. Saturday, June 24th, marked The Windmills Garden’s first [...]

Our summer workshop is just around the corner

  Join us at the beautiful Rockaway Summer House on Sunday, July 23 from 3-6pm as we gather to share experiences, skills, and best practices learned through transitioning vacant city-owned land into thriving community places. Even if you are [...]

We’re hiring a Director of Advocacy

About 596 Acres 596 Acres champions resident stewardship of land to build more just and equitable cities. We believe that neighbors should have a say in how land is used in their communities. By helping regular New Yorkers secure [...]


Join us for a glimmering evening in celebration of community strength, stewardship and resilience. Party basics… June 1, 2017 7pm to 10 pm @ Genius in Gowanus: 84 4th Street, BROOKLYN between Hoyt and Bond Honoring these incredible community land stewards: [...]

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