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News from the Acres - January 22, 2016 25 January 2016

17 gardens that took the place of vacant lots via 596 Acres' facilitation became permanently protected community gardens this month! As The New York Times took note last Saturday, “Community gardens are the most vulnerable spaces in the city,” which makes the transfer of seventeen (17!) interim spaces created and ... read the rest

News from the Acres - January 9, 2016 09 January 2016

17 gardens that took the place of vacant lots via 596 Acres' facilitation became permanently protected community gardens over the holiday! The big news first: 36 gardens were transferred to the NYC Parks Department over the winter holiday for permanent preservation. 17 of them were vacant lots that neighbors transformed ... read the rest

Terra Firma: A Letter from the 596 Acres Team to Close Out 2015 31 December 2015

____ 34 vacant lots transformed into community spaces through 596 Acres's facilitation.4 in 2015! 28 community spaces on ex-vacant lots are now protected through 596 Acres' advocacy.17 protected in 2015!11 existing community spaces saved from eviction & demolition through 596 Acres' organizing & legal support.10 saved in 2015! ____ SUPPORT ... read the rest

News from the Acres - December 17, 2015 17 December 2015

winter wonder land Tomorrow, Friday, December 18, 8:30 am - 7pm, come to the 596 Acres Pop Up Gift Shop, 540 President Street, Brooklyn, NY. We will have such sweet gifts for your sweeties! NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES Prospect-Lefferts, Brooklyn - The Maple Street Community Garden will be presenting ... read the rest

Let's Keep Collaborating in 2016! 10 December 2015

596 ACRES IS YOU: DONATE HERE “Community gardens, community parks, and turning empty lots into flourishing gardens is incredibly important to all New Yorkers.” Jason Price, dad, 123 Street Block Association Member, Harlem, Manhattan “The work of 596 Acres suggests that…. ordinary people are poised to reimagine and reconfigure the ... read the rest

News from the Acres - December 5, 2015 05 December 2015

2015 was a stunner! Over the last twelve months, 596 Acres has helped hundreds of New Yorkers create thriving spaces out of decaying vacant lots in their neighborhoods. This year, our organizing tools, community land access advocacy, and leadership have led to decisive wins. Read our annual report here and ... read the rest

News from the Acres - November 25, 2015 25 November 2015

Thankful to be building the big picture, together, one space at a time. 596 ACRES IS YOU: DONATE HERE. This holiday season, we're sharing ‪#‎596Stories‬ - stories and pictures from four years of 596 Acres: hard work, unlocking fences, community dialogue, sunflowers, tomatoes, playing, growing, fighting side by side for ... read the rest

News from the Acres - November 20, 2015 20 November 2015

It's not about beautification, it's about participation. The Roger That! Garden and Eldert Street Garden are not getting evicted! Both cases were discontinued in response to gardeners' motions. Check out Gothamist's great summary of three of 596 Acres' eviction prevention efforts on behalf of Brooklyn communities (including a win for ... read the rest

News from the Acres - November 13, 2015 13 November 2015

winning, with you Hello from 596 Acres! As we approach the end of a productive and exciting year in community land access, we are taking stock of all we have accomplished together and planning ahead for continued advocacy and growth. Can you please help us in three ways? 1. Can ... read the rest

News from the Acres - November 7, 2015 07 November 2015

We are looking for resilience NOT stability, a system that adjusts over time. -Tine De Moor #urbancommons #cocities #commonsconference Thanks to the Awesome Foundation for supporting our facilitation of a new vision for an old train track in Long Island City with Smiling Hogshead Ranch this month! Join us at ... read the rest

News from the Acres - October 29, 2015 29 October 2015

the superheroes have arrived! #EMINENTDOMAIN4GOOD !On Friday, October 23, 2015, Senator Jesse Hamilton introduced a bill in the New York State Senate to preserve the Maple Street Community Garden (S6073). If passed, the State Parks Department will acquire the property and turn it over to the GreenThumb program for continued ... read the rest

News from the Acres - October 22, 2015 22 October 2015

keeping what we've got and making more This week, Gothamist published a great look at how the gardens we have been working to protect and vulnerable homeowners in NYC are all being victimized by speculative illegal development: Fraudsters Are Scooping Up Community Gardens to Build Housing. Scroll down for more ... read the rest

News from the Acres - October 18, 2015 18 October 2015

keeping the public on public land (maybe buildings, too) Today, our office is open for Gowanus Open Studios, 1-5pm. Come by 540 President Street in Brooklyn to say hello (I'll be there!), pick up some Community Governance Cards and explore our Print Archive in person. It has been a busy ... read the rest

News from the Acres - October 8, 2015 08 October 2015

With newest Green For Your Green ($!) and a fabulous job posting Maple Street Community Garden in Prospect Lefferts, Brooklyn: We're Winning and We Need YouThis week, the Maple Street Community Garden compost committee found the garden illegally locked with a heavy padlock and chain, despite a court order from ... read the rest

News from the Acres - October 1, 2015 01 October 2015

"Build it and they will come" - Victor Maldonado, Hill Street Community Garden 596 Acres General Meeting this evening!Today, October 1, we are braving the storm for a 596 Acres General Meeting! From 6-7:30pm we gather at Smiling Hogshead Ranch, in Long Island City, 25-30 Skillman Avenue, Queens, NY 11101. ... read the rest