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News From The Acres Vol 2 Issue 37

October 18, 2012

The Lower East Side is really getting a new civic space! And other exciting news!


We had a great time last weekend with the youth and organizers of the El Puente Green Light District. See more photos of folks re-invisioning a vacant lot on Williamsburg's Southside here and connect with the organizers, the awesome ladies of Apple Eco-Cleaning (a worker owned cooperative of house cleaners), to transform this space into a community garden that also grows mint, lavender and lemongrass as ingredients for the cleaning products they use.

HELP US REACH THE BRONX: 596 Acres is making a new poster for the Bronx this Fall!!!  We're looking for a designer to design the map (which will be printed in English & Spanish with our organizing guide on the back). We will pay an honorarium of $100. Designs will be completed by December 1, so we are looking for folks who have time to devote in November. Please submit three samples of relevant work and a short statement about your connection to the Bronx to by 11:59p.m. on FRIDAY, October 26, 2012 to We'll get back to you within the week. 

GET ARTY WITH US: Our prints, fabulous Julia Samuels creations, are available on Etsy. All proceeds go to us & the print is gorgeous!

JOIN US THIS WEEKIt's Time To Make More Signs! Volunteer Day at Build It Green! in Gowanus 
Wednesday, October 24 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Come get a sneak peak at the newly built-out Gowanus Build It Green! party room & help 596 Acres make signs for Queens & Brooklyn. We'll have wood pre-cut and be wheat pasting. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty! Questions:

SAVE THE DATE: 596 Acres Rockaway General Meeting
Monday, October 29 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - This is a follow up discussion and support conversation for projects instigated by 596 Acres' Rockaway Residency this summer. There will be a pot luck meal - bring a dish to share. Also bring: friends, neighbors, your co-organizers, your dreams for vacant lots, your stories of city agency phone mazes, and a spare smile. RSVP:

596 Acres is in the NY Times Green Blog this week! Neat. Here's an out-take:
Mostly, people long for gardens that offer a bit of respite from urban chaos. Among them is Misba Abdin, a Brooklynite who is turning a weedy fenced lot on Forbell Street in the East New York area into a green space where he hopes children will play. “Right now, some people want to do a green farm, some people want a garden,” he said.


Great news from the Lower East Side! Here it is in the words of an organizer: Last Thursday, in a *unanimous* vote, the Parks Committee of Manhattan Community Board 3 will forward to the full Board their support of our interim Green Thumb lease to garden on these two lots! Things went so well they interrupted the presentation to call the vote. The full Board will take their vote on Tuesday October 23, mark your calendars for that evening. ¡¡¡ S-I-E-M-P-R-E V-E-R-D-E !!!

Wallabout Village, North Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Community Composting Starts this Sunday 10:30-12:30pm at Myrtle Village Green! & save the date for the MVG Healthy Communities Festival on October 28. 

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn - Come out for a workday at Patchen Community Square, corner of Patchen & Putnam, Sunday 10:30am -3pm. They will be pouring the footings for the foundation of a shed.

East Harlem, Manhattan - A really diverse community is forming around this very visible lot on St. Nicholas. Join them!

Jackson Heights, Queens - Community is organizing to repurpose a public space that has been occupied by occassional cars. Do you live close by? Connect with them here!



This section of our newsletter highlights grant opportunities that may apply to your group's project. See a money opportunity you wanna share? Email it to Eva

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Community Garden Grants: Ten applicants will receive $5,000 in cash and tools for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration, and healthy, sustainable food sources; and one applicant will receive a complete garden makeover. Nonprofit organizations in the US are eligible to apply. (DUE December 15, 2012).

Citizens Committee for New York City Community Grant is $500 to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them in primarily low-income neighborhoods. (DUE January 31, 2012). 

Don't forget about The Awesome Foundation NYC ($1000 grant made every month; rolling deadline)!

***Note that many grants require 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor. If your group or organization doesn't have 501(c)(3) status, is a great local option for fiscal sponsorship.

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