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News from the Acres

News from the Acres - July 14, 2016 14 July 2016

hand built city Cleaning the office we found this vintage 2012 map of opportunities for community land access on Williamsburg's Southside in Brooklyn. Of the six we identified then, four have been transformed into permanent community spaces by neighbors organizing with our guidance. One became a building, and one remains ... read the rest

News from the Acres - June 30, 2016 30 June 2016

#thislandisyourland GUEST BLOG: DECENTRALIZED ORGANIZING Greenpoint, Brooklyn - Java Street Community Garden member Gabriel Park says there are 3 major components you need to “decentralize your organization:” good structure for the group, someone to be the secretary at all times, and clear communication. Read on for specific tips and tricks!JOIN ... read the rest

News from the Acres - June 16, 2016 16 June 2016

Plant ‘til you’re planted! JOIN US: 596 ACRES GENERAL MEETING THIS SATURDAYWhether you're a community land steward, stuck in the middle of a land access campaign or just curious about how to get started, come get the scoop this Saturday, June 18 from 2:30pm to 4pm. Meet in front of ... read the rest

News from the Acres - June 2, 2016 01 June 2016

Don’t go through life, GROW through life! NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRESMelrose, Bronx - On Sunday, June 5 at 10:30 am, future Hill Street Gardeners will be meeting in the Community Room at 820 St. Ann’s Ave, right next to the hill, to see plans produced by 596 Acres' pro ... read the rest

News from the Acres - May 20, 2016 20 May 2016

#eminentdomain4good Community gardens are not only places to grow fresh food and enjoy the great outdoors with your neighbors. They are also prime locations for pop-up libraries, shows, art-making, meal-sharing, and all kinds of educational and cultural programming that make communities vibrant and strong. Take 462 Halsey Community Garden, pictured ... read the rest

News from the Acres - May 7, 2016 07 May 2016

slow as turtles (and just as persistent) The battle for the preservation of Bushwick's Eldert Street Garden continues. This week we challenged the illegal sale of the land in court. Full details in DNAinfo. For over two years, 596 Acres coordinated defensive and affirmative legal actions, recruited and managed pro ... read the rest

News from the Acres - April 29, 2016 29 April 2016

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs Last Tuesday, 596 Acres facilitated a design workshop for a long fenced-off hill in the South Bronx, a key step in turning this long-vacant public lot into Hill ... read the rest

News from the Acres - April 21, 2016 21 April 2016

la lucha continua NEXT SATURDAY: BIKE RIDE TO COMMUNITY SPACES IN JEOPARDY Saturday, April 30 at 12pm, 596 Acres and Public Space Party host the Gardens are Community, Community Spaces in Jeopardy Ride (it was postponed to this date due to rain). We will start in Little Italy and head ... read the rest

News from the Acres - April 6, 2016 06 April 2016

blooming with you Flowers are a sign of spring and our sings are a sign of flowers to come. Thanks so much to the Green City Force cohort (pictured above) who is following up on our workshop last week by labeling lots in all five boroughs! Organizers we met at ... read the rest

News from the Acres - March 17, 2016 17 March 2016

on our way! NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRESOn March 8, South Bronx residents, SoBRO staff, and 596 Acres’ Paula Z. Segal met with Department of Transportation Bronx Commissioner Constance Moran to agree to work together towards turning a huge abandoned roadbed in Melrose into Hill Street Community Garden! Are you ... read the rest

News from the Acres - February 27, 2016 27 February 2016

unreasonable magical futures, here we come "The Ranch on Rails will generate a thriving social economy and natural ecology in the heart of Long Island City. Our vision for the Ranch on Rails is representative of how we see our community: diverse, creative, cooperative, and committed to the future of ... read the rest

News from the Acres - February 12, 2016 12 February 2016

a garden the size of the city Last week, 596 Acres's Paula Z. Segal and Maple Street Community Gardener Tom LaFarge connected the dots between community land, the tax lien sale and deed fraud at a New York City Council hearing about what the City is doing to protect vulnerable ... read the rest

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