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News From the Acres - July 24, 2014 24 July 2014

two new gardens in the 596 acres network! Congratulations, Bushwick!Yesterday we had some exciting news: Nancy Kohn, Director of NYC Parks GreenThumb, confirmed that 1278 Myrtle Avenue (between Dekalb Avenue and Cedar Street) in Bushwick, Brooklyn was transferred into the jurisdiction of the Parks Department for use as ... read the rest

News From the Acres - July 17, 2014 17 July 2014

meet our East New York Farms! extern, Faith TONIGHT, Thursday, July 17th Paula will be presenting Urban Reviewer and discussing 596 Acres as an art and activism practice at Engaging Artists Workshop: ARTIST AS ACTIVIST, hosted by the Artist Volunteer Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at ... read the rest

News From the Acres - July 10, 2014 10 July 2014

we've got an update from every borough! TONIGHT, Thursday, July 10th we'll be celebrating our recently launched tool, Urban Reviewer, at OpenPlans' OpenRoof party. Mingle and enjoy learning about over 150 adopted neighborhood master plans of New York City since 1952, many of which are still active today. ... read the rest

News From the Acres - July 3, 2014 03 July 2014

happy 4th of july! TONIGHT! Thursday, July 3rd 596 Acres & Rockaway Wildfire will host an Open Community Meeting: Opportunities for Community-Based Vacant Land Projects in Rockaway, a community conversation about how we can influence the immediate use and long-term development of vacant public land on the peninsula. ... read the rest

News From the Acres - June 26, 2014 26 June 2014

save the date for october 2nd! Save the dates!Next Thursday, July 3rd 596 Acres & Rockaway Wildfire will host an Open Community Meeting: Opportunities for Community-Based Vacant Land Projects in Rockaway, a community conversation about how we can influence the immediate use and long-term development of vacant public ... read the rest

News From the Acres - June 19, 2014 19 June 2014

introducing urban reviewer We're super excited to introduce Urban Reviewer, New York City’s first detailed digital map of master plans from 1949 to the present that we created in collaboration with SmartSign andPartner & Partners. The tool details over 150 plans for top-down neighborhood redevelopment, which have affected ... read the rest

News From the Acres - June 13, 2014 13 June 2014

This land IS our land. This spring, we're visiting the community boards in the seven districts with the most vacant public land to share our New York City Advocate's Guide to Community Land Access and printed maps with information we've gathered about where the land is in their ... read the rest

News From the Acres - June 5, 2014 05 June 2014

tonight: general meeting! Join us TONIGHT, Thursday, June 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for our 596 Acres' General Meeting! We'll be at Powell Street Garden in Brownsville, located at 410 Livonia between Powell and Junius. (You can take the 3 Train to Junius or the L ... read the rest

News From the Acres - May 29, 2014 29 May 2014

our next general meeting is thursday, june 5th! Know a neighbor or a local organization that would benefit from learning how they can use vacant land near them? We'd love to share our New York City Advocate's Guide to Land Access with you! Email mary@596acres.org to arrange a ... read the rest

News From the Acres - May 22, 2014 22 May 2014

we labeled lots in edgemere! Yesterday we headed out to the Rockaways and labeled lots in Edgemere! We met atEdgemere Organic Farm, which was formerly a piece of vacant that that was planned as a park. Two years ago we hung signs on it, and now it's the ... read the rest

News From the Acres - May 15, 2014 15 May 2014

label lots with us in edgemere! Come label lots with us in Edgemere, Rockaway, next Wednesday, May 21st! We'll be meeting at Edgemere Organic Farm (Beach 46th Street and Beach Channel Drive) and then hanging signs on vacant land and chattin' with neighbors! We're meeting at 3:45 pm ... read the rest

News From the Acres - May 8, 2014 08 May 2014

we've got new land access guides to share! 462 Halsey (at Lewis St, Brooklyn) has undergone a huge change: they've implemented communal beds! After a soil test last fall, the garden realized that their soil wasn't in the best shape. They opted to convert their plots into 4’x24’ ... read the rest

News From the Acres - May 1, 2014 01 May 2014

happy international worker's day! Vacant Acres: Report-Back from Day One: The New York Experience"[Vacant Acres] prompted me to revisit the history of community gardening/urban farming not only in NYC but in the US generally and abroad as well. What I began to realize is that this time around ... read the rest

News From the Acres - April 24, 2014 24 April 2014

sharing land access experiences from around the world What an amazing couple of days with fierce community land access advocates from cities around the world! Full report-back coming next week. For now, check out #vacantacres on twitter. Yesterday Paula was on the Brian Lehrer show discussing 596 Acres ... read the rest

News From the Acres - April 17, 2014 17 April 2014

free seeds! Need seeds? America the Beautiful Fund has donated seeds for us to share! If you're in the neighborhood come by our offices at Build It Green! Gowanus (69 Ninth Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)TODAY before 5 pm or next Thursday, April 24th from 10 am to 6 pm ... read the rest