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News from the Acres

Looking Back at 2014 18 December 2014

29 and counting! Our 2014 Annual Report is here! It was designed by our friends at Partner & Partners and will catch you up on any of the exciting happenings you might have missed this past year. Maybe the most exciting? We helped 11 new community spaces open ... read the rest

News From the Acres - December 11, 2014 11 December 2014

#29! We're so excited to announce that Q Gardens is #29 in the 596 Acres network! For two years neighbors have been organizing to turn the MTA property at the corner of East 18th Street and Church Avenue in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn into a garden. After ... read the rest

News From the Acres - December 4, 2014 04 December 2014

spring is soon! The Citizens Committee 2015 Neighborhood Grants are here! Citizens Committee of New York City awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects. They support projects that address issues that communities identify as important to them - ... read the rest

News From the Acres - November 28, 2014 28 November 2014

we're thankful for our community spaces! We're so thankful for all the awesome people we've met in the past year. We hope that through your organizing you, too, have encountered wonderful neighbors that you might not have met otherwise. Join and us and them at some events next ... read the rest

News From the Acres - November 20, 2014 20 November 2014

growing together! Siempre Verde Garden in the Lower East Side, Manhattan will be on the agenda at the next Manhattan Community Board 3 Full Board meeting next Tuesday, November 25th. The Gardeners hope the committee will ratify the recent Community Board Parks Committee resolution to have their garden's ... read the rest

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

it's oyster season! We're working with Earth Matter and The New York Harbor School Foundation to help them find a temporary space to resume the Billion Oyster Project Shell Recycling Program. This incredible project collects used oyster shells from seafood restaurants and uses them to house and grow ... read the rest

News From the Acres - November 6, 2014 06 November 2014

You are now entering an active Urban Renewal Area. In addition to our signs for all the vacant, public lots in your life, we've got new signs designed byPartner & Partners that let neighbors know if a lot is a part of an active Urban Renewal area! Check ... read the rest

News From the Acres - October 29, 2014 30 October 2014

siempre verde: with one voice This past Tuesday night's Manhattan Community Board 3 unanimously voted that Siempre Verde Community Garden's land should be transferred to the Parks Department to be permanently protected as open space. (That's the celebratory group from Tuesday night pictured above!) City Council Member Margaret ... read the rest

News From the Acres - October 22, 2014 24 October 2014

Fall! Earlier this week, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver voiced his support for the Lower East Side's two-year-old Siempre Verde Community Garden. He said, “The Siempre Verde garden is a vital green space that is enjoyed by so many of our neighbors. Here on the Lower East Side, ... read the rest

News From the Acres - October 16, 2014 16 October 2014

“we will fight for every square foot we have for community benefit” The Lower East Side's Siempre Verde Community Garden (turning two-years-old next month!) gathered over 1,000 petition signatures in an effort to discourage their City-owned site from being sold to a developer. Check out this article from ... read the rest

News From the Acres - October 9, 2014 09 October 2014

$25,000! Thank you!A HUGE thanks to those of you who attended our event, Mapping Matters, last Thursday night. Whether you bought a ticket or volunteered your time, you helped make the night a success. We raised $15,000 and then got a grant from The Fund for the City ... read the rest

News From the Acres - October 2, 2014 04 October 2014

Have you ever enjoyed the transformational quality of creating a new space together with your neighbors? 596 Acres has facilitated the transformation of 28 vacant lots into something better, ten in 2014 alone. Thanks you to everyone who is helping us continue to cultivate green spaces from ... read the rest

News From the Acres - September 25, 2014 26 September 2014

27! & 28! 28 lots newly in community hands! Cypress Hill Development Corporation, who gained access to four sites in the past year: Glenmore Grows, Ashford Variety Garden, Ashford Teaching Garden, and Chestnut Street Community Garden! Additionally, the four gardens have accumulated nearly $9,000 in material donations with ... read the rest

News From the Acres - September 18, 2014 18 September 2014

help keep 596 acres going! Help keep 596 Acres going by attending Mapping Matters!This awesome party on Thursday, October 2nd will be 596 Acres' second ever gala benefit and includes fantastic food, drinks, awesome raffle prizes, music by Consumata Sonireda, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, ... read the rest

News From the Acres - September 11, 2014 11 September 2014

#26! Congratulations to Mandela Park, the 26th group we've helped get access to a plot of vacant land! Since early this year neighbors have been organizing to turn two large Housing Preservation and Development-owned lots at 225-227 West 126th Street into a park space with native flowers. We ... read the rest