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News From the Acres - December 20, 2012

December 20, 2012

Check us out at BRIC in downtown Brooklyn today or tomorrow! Last days! 


Today and tomorrow are the last days to see On Purpose at the BRIC Rotunda gallery, 33 Clinton Street in downtown Brooklyn. This week's installment of the Lots of Land/Land of Lots is all about the people who are organizing for control of land around Brooklyn. Stop by and check in out. 

The gallery is open 12-6pm both days. 

Big news! We're moving to Bushwick as a Silent Barn studio tenant! As of January 1, 2013, send your mail to 11 Stanwix Street, Brooklyn NY 11206. Save the date to come by for a preview of our new space on January 11, 2013 when we release the drawn documentary we've been collaborating on. More details below. 


Thursday, January 10, at 7pm - "In Conversation: Gentrification and Globalization"with Paula Z. Segal at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7pm - Lots of Land/Land of Lots release party at our new home, the Silent Barn, 11 Stanwix Street/603 Bushwick Ave. This will also be the reception for the opening of a law practice run by the 596 Acres legal team, Anthony Mohen & Paula Z. Segal. And there will be music! Mark your calendars!

Before the year ends, remember that you can support our work with a tax-exempt contribution. 

Cityline, East New York, Brooklyn - The lot-clearing and bulb-planting on a long-locked-away MTA lot continues! Come out on Sunday, December 23, 10-2pm. You'll do some serious work and eat well! There will be a local youth group coming to work at the site for the first time! Come out! The image above is from last Sunday.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn - The Java Street Garden Collaborative got a facelift thanks to GrowNYC and their volunteers. Stop by and see or look at pictures here!

Gowanus, Brooklyn - There's a sweet little lot on President and 3rd Ave that just got an organizer. This is a great time to plan for spring!

Long Island City, Queens - The Smiling Hogshead Ranch is having regular composting and planting days on Wednesday mornings through the winter. Stop by!


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 Drew Tucker ( Check out our updated Green For Your Green page - it lists the grants below, plus others with longer deadlines, and sources for free materials.  

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) Gardens for the City can help you transform existing open areas into gardens or green spaces. They will provide your organization with building materials and support in construction, horticulture, forestry and environmental education. Submit an application to transform property that is accessible to the public. Deadline: January 11, 2013.

Citizens NYC Community Grants Citizens Committee awards grants of $500 to $3,000 to resident-led community groups in primarily low-income neighborhoods to work on a wide variety of community improvement projects. We also support Title I public school-based extra-curricular initiatives. Our 2013 application is now available. Deadline: January 31, 2013.

***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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