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News from the Acres

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

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