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News From the Acres - January 22, 2015

22 January 2015
LA Open Acres is live, Reviewing Renewal continues, NYC Gardens at risk, new opportunities in Queens & Staten Island and great resources from our friends

LA OPEN ACRES
Our LA tool is live and being used by Community Health Councils. 
Check out this great article to read about how it's making an impact already.

REVIEWING RENEWAL AT THE QUEENS MUSEUM
Looking back at the first two weeks of our Queens Museum Residency...

  • Listen to the Reviewing Mitchell-Lama panel we co-hosted with the NYC Planners Network here (it starts a bit abruptly; that's Paula talking about Robert Moses' role in getting the Urban Renewal mechanisms running in NYC). It was an amazing conversation with renters, experts and cooperative owners working through it together; we're so lucky to have had Molly Garfinkle from City Lore on hand to record it! 
  • Read a dispatch from our tour of Willet's Point in Brownstoner (the Urban Renewal Area Plan was adopted in 2008 and the City has already completed acquisition of properties in the plan area; resident businesses are in the middle of phased relocation). 
  • Check out photos of the Reviewing Renewal Opening on January 11 by Christina Sukhgian Houle and our incredible day of programs on Sunday, January 18 by Badrul Hisham. The theme of the second day was Private Property and Public Purpose – Eminent Domain, the Mitchell-Lama Cooperatives and the Power of One Organized Neighborhood and included Planners Network NYC, Rockaway Wildfire, Cooper Square Committee, Picture the Homeless, Tenants & Neighbors, the film It Took 50 Years and all of you... See the photo below which documents the meeting of four great organizations on a perch high above the city. 

And forward...
Join us again this Sunday, January 25, 12-6pm - there will awesome, free programming all day, What Was and What Becomes – Focus on Manhattan, Williamsburg’s Southside and Queens:

  • The Manhattan Projects Tour, noon to 1 p.m., a tour of the projects that created the blueprint for the Urban Renewal program in the years after World War II, with author Samuel Zipp guiding us around the island of Manhattan on the panorama that Robert Moses commissioned for the 1964 World Fair. Meet at the bottom of the ramp.Details hereRSVP here. 
  • Before Lincoln Center, 1- 2:30 p.m. Archival footage and a discussion about the resistance of a Latino community slated for replacement with the new West Side and Lincoln Center. Second floor theater. Details hereRSVP here. 
  • Williamsburg’s South Side, 2:30 - 4 p.m. Urban Renewal Plans continue to shape the South Side and Broadway Triangle neighborhoods. Join Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna and the Broadway Triangle Coalition to learn about what's at stake and what's to be done. In the Unisphere gallery. Details hereRSVP here. 
  • Reviewing Renewal in Queens, 4 - 6 p.m. Explore Queens' urban renewal history, from the demolition of the bungalows in Rockaway to make way for ... waiting, to the deliberate replacement of an integrated rowhouse community in downtown Flushing to create a parking structure and lure shoppers into the new department stores being built there in the 1950s and 1960s. Meet at the top of the ramp. Details here. RSVP here. 

Reviewing Renewal includes markers for all of the urban renewal plans that the City has ever adopted as an intervention directly on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum. We have brought the online Urban Reviewer map to life at a 1:1200 scale of on the 9,335 square foot Panorama! This exhibit runs through February 8th, 2015 with talks, readings, discussions, and film showings happening every Sunday! For more information on the exhibit and programming details, click here. We have also published a printed map: the first updated atlas of all the urban renewal plan areas in NYC since the City's own 1984 publication. Come get yours at the museum while they last! 

NYC GARDENS AT RISK
Last week, NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) published a list of 181 City-owned properties included in a Request for Qualifications for developers to build rental and ownership housing within the limits set by the program and in exchange get the land for free. The program is described hereSixteen of the sites selected are currently active community gardens. Over 750 sites in HPD's inventory were not included.

DNAInfoBrownstonerTelemundo and the Observer have covered the impact of this part of the Mayor's Housing Plan on existing gardens. It's awesome to have all our voices in the conversation as we decide the future of our neighborhoods, together. 

With the help of a fabulous volunteer, we created a map that shows which properties were included in the list, which properties in HPD's inventory were not included and where the gardens included in the list are located. Click here or on the image above for a larger version. These are the impacted gardens: 

  • Harlem Valley Garden (Manhattan, a 596 Acres network site)
  • Jackie Robinson Community Garden (Manhattan)
  • Harlem Grown - Greenhouse (Manhattan)
  • Electric Ladybug Community Garden (Manhattan, a 596 Acres network site)
  • Pleasant Village Community Garden (Manhattan)
  • McKinley's Children's Garden (Queens)
  • Isabahliah Ladies of Elegance (Brooklyn)
  • La Casita Verde (Brooklyn, a 596 Acres network site)
  • Halsey, Ralph & Howard Community Garden (Brooklyn)
  • EL Garden (Brooklyn, a 596 Acres network site)
  • Patchen Community Square (Brooklyn, a 596 Acres network site)
  • 462 Halsey Community Garden (Brooklyn, a 596 Acres network site)
  • Tranquility Farm (Brooklyn) 
  • Brownsville Student Farm (Brooklyn)
  • Imani Garden (Brooklyn)
  • New Harvest Community Garden (Brooklyn)

Support the gardens in your neighborhoods and let your City Council members know what you think about HPD's selection and the impact of the housing plan on the institutions you care about.

  • Robert Cornegy has five impacted gardens in his district (Patchen Community Square, Tranquility Farm, 462 Halsey Community Garden, Imani Garden & New Harvest Garden). 
  • Inez Dickens represents four of the impacted gardens (Electric Ladybug Garden, the Harlem Grown Greenhouse, Harlem Valley Garden & the Jackie Robinson Community Garden). 
  • Darlene Mealy represents three (Isabaliah Ladies of Elegance, Brownsville Student Farm  & the Halsey, Ralph and Howard Community Garden).
  • Steve Levin represents La Casita Verde.
  • Antonio Reynoso represents EL Garden.
  • Melissa Mark-Vevirito represents Pleasant Village.
  • Ruben Wills represents McKinley's Children's Garden.

Click on the councilmember's name to get contact information and make a call now. Councilmembers love hearing from their own constituents but also recognize that having adequate open space is an issue that impacts the whole city. 

NEWS FROM THE ACRES
Corona, Queens - Spring 2015 is coming! The Department of Transportation is willing to again consider our request to transform this lot, which has been vacant for over 20 years, into a community space. And it might be time to ask the Mayor for help opening up this bit of public land as a neighborhood resource. Join us next Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30pm at Immigrant Movement International, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue (steps from the 111th street Stop on the 7 line) to plan next steps and an organized campaign to get growing by the Spring. (Meeting will be in Spanish & English!). 

Eastern Shore, Staten Island - the Community Board expressed its support for a new community space on this Hempstead Avenue lot. Join organizer Blake to help shape the future of this piece of our land!  Email notasissy88@yahoo.com.

COLLABORATORS
Our friends at the North West Bushwick Community Group have put together a wonderful list of things to do in their neighborhood to support its stability. We love this so much and hope that all your neighborhoods have lists like this. We'd love to see what you're inspired to create after seeing this and to hear about something new you experienced after reading this list if you're a resident of Bushwick. 

The Department of Sanitation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Master Composter Certificate Course. Sign up to learn how to make precious soil from NYC's waste. Classes are held at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Lower East Side Ecology Center in Manhattan, Queens Botanic Garden and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island. The applications and deadlines are here. Also from the Department of Sanitation: the 2014 Community Composting Report is out! It provides the first-ever comprehensive look at this neighborhood-based network. 

Have questions about your rent stabilized apartment? Not sure if your landlord is right when they tell you that your current lease isn't renewable? This great article and the folks at Tenants & Neighbors might help. We really want you to be able stay in your neighborhood and keep building together!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Grant deadlines!
Citizens Committee of New York City 2015 Neighborhood Grants are due January 26th, 2015! Contact grants@citizensnyc.org or call 212-822-9563 with questions.

Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund grant applications are due February 1, 2015. The Partnership makes small grants of up to $5,000 to strengthen the outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity of groups caring for NYC Parks Department property in all five boroughs of New York City.

yours,
596 Acres 


#reviewingrenewal with Picture the Homeless, Rockaway Wildfire & the United Peninsula Working to Attain Responsible Development (UPWARD) Coalition, the Cooper Square Committee & 596 Acres. 

News From the Acres - January 15, 2015

15 January 2015
see you in Queens on Sunday! 


Gardens at Risk
NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) put out a list of sites housing developers can apply to build on yesterday. At least 15 of them are currently active community gardens. If you are gardening on HPD property, we recommend you check the list. If your garden is on it and you'd like some guidance, contact us: organizers@596acres.org.

Reviewing Renewal at the Queens Museum
We had a fantastic Reviewing Renewal opening event last Sunday, including a guided walk through an active Urban Renewal Plan Area: Willet's Point. There is coverage of that journey and photos in Curbed. Please join us this Sunday - there will awesome, free programming all day:

  • 12-2pm - The Law of Takings (Eminent Domain), discussion & class in the second floor theater with Michael Rikon, Esq. & Paula Z. Segal, Esq. All are welcome to come learn about the limits of government's ability to take private property for "public purpose." RSVP on facebook here and details here. Attorneys should RSVP here to get Continuing Legal Education credits. 
  • 2-4pm - Reviewing Mitchell-Lama: The Past, Present and Future of Affordable Housing in New York City, panel discussion in the Unisphere Gallery rganized by the NYC Planner's Network. RSVP here and details here.  
  • 4-6pm - It Took 50 Years: Frances Goldin and the Struggle for Cooper Square film preview and discussion with the Cooper Square Committee, filmmakers & Picture the Homeless. RSVP here and details here

Reviewing Renewal includes markers for all of the urban renewal plans that the City has ever adopted as an intervention directly on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum. We have brought the online Urban Reviewer map to life at a 1:1200 scale of on the 9,335 square foot Panorama! This exhibit runs through February 8th, 2015 with talks, readings, discussions, and film showings happening every Sunday! For more information on the exhibit and programming details, click here. We have also published a map: the first updated atlas of all the urban renewal plan areas in NYC since the City's own 1984 publication. Come get yours at the museum while they last!  

SAVE THE DATES
We'll be holding a Community Land Access Workshop and 596 Acres General Meeting on Tuesday, February 3rd from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn) in the Information Commons room. Learn how to tap community resources, use the 596 Acres map and website to engage your neighbors, and plot your next steps to gain access to city land for your community projects. This workshop will also act as a general meeting, where folks from all neighborhoods can share land access success stories and we can troubleshoot any sticky points in the process.

Join Maple Street Community Garden (Maple Street at Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn) as they heading back to Housing Court with Paula Z. Segal of Mohen & Segal LLP as their attorney on Friday, February 6th at 9:30 am in Part 52/Room 603 (the commercial part of housing court) at 141 Livingston Street (at Smith Street) in Brooklyn. RSVP to Tom Afarge at maple3garden@gmail.com so that the gardeners know how many t-shirts to make & bring! Last week in court the judge wanted to know what gardens and gardeners do in the winter.... See below for some of our answers! 

Welcome to Rachel Albetski, our Winter 2015 Intern!

Rachel first became interested in vacant lot use after running a school garden in South Central Los Angeles as an AmeriCorps member. Riding her bike to work everyday, she saw tons of empty lots that were in need of revitalization and was psyched when 596 Acres came to LA. Rachel now works as an interior designer in Brooklyn and spends her free time advocating for infrastructure improvements with the organization Transportation Alternatives. An all around urbanist with a passion for environmental justice, Rachel is excited to help communities gain access to land and support the creation of green spaces. 

NEWS FROM THE ACRES
Dongan Hills, Staten Island - Blake is looking forward to starting a garden on two lots that straddle Buel Avenue and Dongan Hills Avenue. She's heading to the next Staten Island Community Board 2 Parks Committee meeting today, January 15th at 7:30 pm in the Lou Caravone Community Service Building (located on the grounds of Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home, 460 Brielle Avenue between Walcott and Rockland Avenues) to present her proposal for the space! Contact Blake at 917-403-3659 or notasissy88@yahoo.com.

Rockaway, Queens - Neighbors are organizing to create a community-run concession on this Housing Preservation and Development spot by the Beach 59th Street subway station that used to have a newsstand on it. Get in touch with Alexis if you want to help: alexissmallwood83@gmail.com.

Bushwick, Brooklyn - Organizer James Richards is just getting started galvanizing a group and a vision for a future garden in this Seigel Street HPD lot. It's not one of the ones that HPD has targeted for development; it's likely to sit empty for another long while unless neighbors get together and transform it. Become an organizer yourself or contact James directly: 3472620572 or Heiho1@mac.com.

Bushwick, Brooklyn - Neighbors shaping the future of this lot that was recently transferred to the Parks Department are preparing their visions of what kind of park they would like to see. Do you live close to Bushwick Avenue and Beaver Street? Connect with the group by becoming an organizer on the lot's page or contacting any of the organizers listed there

North Bronx - You've been labelled! The romantic lot in the photo above is on Eden Terrace, as is this great corner lot. Are you close by? Get in touch and let's get organizing: Mary at (718) 316-6092 x3. 

COLLABORATORS
The Department of Sanitation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Master Composter Certificate Course. Sign up to learn how to make precious soil from NYC's waste. Classes are held at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Lower East Side Ecology Center in Manhattan, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island. The application is here and is due February 20, 2015. 

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Grant deadline approaching!
Citizens Committee of New York City 2015 Neighborhood Grants are due January 26th, 2015! Contact grants@citizensnyc.org or call 212-822-9563 with questions.

Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund grant applications are due February 1, 2015. The Partnership makes small grants of up to $5,000 to strengthen the outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity of groups caring for NYC Parks Department property in all five boroughs of New York City.

yours,
596 Acres 



 

News From the Acres - January 8, 2015

08 January 2015
reviewing renewal this sunday at the queens museum!

THANK YOU!
Happy new year and thank you to everyone who included us in their end-of-year giving for 2014! It's not too late: $12 from every subscriber to this lists is we need to keep our organizer on staff through 2015, supporting community land access efforts citywide. Donate here.

OPENING DAY AT THE QUEENS MUSEUM!
Join us this Sunday, January 11th for the opening of Reviewing Renewal, an exhibition marking all of the urban renewal plans that the City has ever adopted in an intervention directly on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum, realizing the online Urban Reviewer map on a 1:1200 scale of the 9,335 square foot Panorama! All day Sunday there will awesome, free programming:

  • From 2 pm to 3:30 pm watch the film presentation The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, which explores the issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America.
  • From 3:30 pm to 4 pm experience "Who Makes A Neighborhood?", a reading by author DW Gibson which is part of his research for the upcoming book, The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of 21st Century Gentrification, and a short film about the struggle over whose right it is to renew a neighborhood: Adam Purple and the Garden of Eden (2011, Harvey Wang & Amy Brost).
  • From 4 pm to 6 pm come hang out with us at the Reviewing Renewal Opening Receptionwith presentations by Paula from 596 Acres and Mapzen's modelling and map-making geniuses! Big thanks for Green Grape for donating delicious snacks and providing libations! Spread the word!
All events are free, but some require a RSVPs, so click on the links above to learn more!

Sundays Through February
This exhibit runs from January 11th to February 8th, 2015 with talks, readings, discussions, and film showings happening every Sunday! For more information on the exhibit and programming details, click here.

SAVE THE DATES
We'll be holding a Community Land Access Workshop and 596 Acres General Meeting onTuesday, February 3rd from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn) in the Information Commons room. Learn how to tap community resources, use the 596 Acres map and website to engage your neighbors, and plot your next steps to gain access to city land for your community projects. This workshop will also act as a general meeting, where folks from all neighborhoods can share land access success stories and we can troubleshoot any sticky points in the process.

Maple Street Community Garden (Maple Street at Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn) is heading back to Housing Court on Friday, February 6th at 9:30 am in Part 52/Room 603 (the commercial part of housing court) at 141 Livingston Street (at Smith Street) in Brooklyn. The gardeners are challenging individuals claiming to be the owners of the lot that the garden is on. The Brooklyn District Attorney's office is simultaneously investigating the ownership claim to see if any criminal action took place (e.g. fraud). The gardeners are exploring other options towards a peaceful resolution through elected officials and the City administration. Paula Z. Segal is representing the gardeners. RSVP to Tom Afarge at maple3garden@gmail.com so that the gardeners know how many t-shirts to bring! A presence in the courtroom is crucial! A front row full of Maple Street Community Garden t-shirts made a difference at this past Monday's court appearance!

NEWS FROM THE ACRES
Bushwick, Brooklyn - Tomorrow, Friday, January 9th neighbors and local organizations are meeting to talk about visions for the triangular corner lot at 544 Bushwick Avenue at Beaver Street. This lot was transferred to the Parks Department earlier in the year and now neighbors want to see their ideas implemented in the space! The meeting is at 5:30 pm at the AHRC Center (522 Bushwick Avenue at Noll Street) right next door to the lot. Email Mary at mary@596acres.orgor call 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Dongan Hills, Staten Island - Blake is looking forward to starting a garden on two lots that straddle Buel Avenue and Dongan Hills Avenue. She's heading to the next Staten Island Community Board 2 Parks Committee meeting next Thursday, January 15th at 7:30 pm in the Lou Caravone Community Service Building (located on the grounds of Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home, 460 Brielle Avenue between Walcott and Rockland Avenues) to present her proposal for the space! Contact Blake at 917-403-3659 or notasissy88@yahoo.com.

Brownsville, East New York - Liz and Vere are two neighbors that would love to see a garden atthe corner lot at 511 Liberty Avenue at Van Siclen Avenue. What about you? Contact Vere atvilgibbs@hotmail.com or 347-432-4510.

Cypress Hills, Brooklyn - There' a long and narrow lot at 202 Wyona Street that would be perfect as a play space or garden for kids from the daycare next door. Do you know someone whose children attend the daycare? Can you connect us with the neighbors? Call Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email mary@596acres.org.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
If you have been to, or even just considered visiting Smiling Hogshead Ranch, we invite you to participate in a simple 10 question survey. Your input will help Hogshead members as they develop future programming and guide growth at the Ranch.

COLLABORATORS
Got a Christmas tree that needs recycling? New Yorkers can participate in NYC Parks & Recreation Mulchfest by bringing their holiday trees to designated sites throughout the five boroughs this Saturday, January 10th or this Sunday, January 11th from 10 am to 2 pm. Free mulch will be available at Mulchfest locations, so bring a bag if you would like to take home some mulch!

Additionally, the Department of Sanitation will be collecting trees curbside from now through Friday, January 16th. Please remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection, and don't place trees in plastic bags. Trees will be chipped into mulch that will be distributed to parks, playing fields, and community gardens throughout the city! Click here for more info.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Deadline Approaching!
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 - anything from community gardens to tenant organizing. The application is due January 26th, 2015, and before then there are several application workshops you can attend! Contact grants@citizensnyc.org or call 212-822-9563 with questions.

yours,
596 Acres 

Marking Morrisania on the Panorama at the Queens Museum.

News From the Acres - 3.121579 NEW OPEN ACRES!

30 December 2014
11 new community spaces!

DONATE TO TRANSFORM OUR VACANT SPACES IN 2015
A huge thanks to those who gave their time and funds to keep 596 Acres in action this year, and to those that created and strengthened their own neighborhood open spaces, making New York City an even better place to live! We are so grateful for your supportWe're excited for the year ahead, but unfortunately, only have funding through March. If everyone on this mailing list gives $12 dollars right now, we'll have enough funds to keep our organizer and pay our rent through the end of 2015! Donate now!

Here’s some of what we accomplished in 2014:

Want to read more? Check out our 2014 Annual Report.

Here’s just a taste of what’s coming up in 2015: 

We hope you will give a tax-exempt donation of any size and join a project in your neighborhood in 2015!

Support Fellow Gardeners!
Maple Street Community Garden (Maple Street at Rogers Avenue) has been summoned to Housing Court by individuals claiming to be the owners of the lot that the garden is on. The garden will be appearing to file a Motion to Dismiss the case in Part 52/Room 603 (the commercial part of housing court) at 141 Livingston Street (at Smith Street) in Brooklyn, this Monday, January 5th at 10 am. Although not much is likely to happen at this appearance, a show of solidarity for gardeners who are on the defensive is crucial! Paula Z. Segal is representing the gardeners. The Brooklyn District Attorney's office is simultaneously investigating the ownership claim to see if any criminal action took place (e.g. fraud). The gardeners are exploring other options towards a peaceful resolution through elected officials and the City administration. Contact Tom Afarge at maple3garden@gmail.com for more information.

NEWS FROM THE ACRES
Bushwick, Brooklyn - Earlier in the year we learned that the triangular corner lot at 544 Bushwick Avenue at Beaver Street was transferred to the Parks Department. Brooklyn Community Board 4 would love to see it turned into a playground, and a crew of neighborhood groups and residents would also like to see gardening in the space, too! Email Maria at maria.hubbard@ahrcnyc.org or call Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 to stay updated on a next meeting to create a strategic plan for how everyone can work together!

East New York - There's a lot under the subway platform on New Lots Avenue at Elton Street that's almost 11,000 square feet! East New York Restoration is a new community development corporation interested in stewarding this space. Do you live in the area and have a vision for a what you'd like to see in the space? Email ENYR's director Melinda atmperkins@enyrestoration.org or call her at 718-676-5920 to share your ideas!

East New York - Two weeks ago Luwana from Project East New York hosted the first meeting for the future garden at 467 Vermont Street at Blake Avenue. This non-profit and group of neighbors has already connected with the nearby school and several organizations who can support the effort to start the space. The main focus now is getting a letter of support from Brooklyn Community Board 5. Email Luwana at luwanas@projecteastnewyork.org or call 917-342-2072 to get involved!

Highbridge, Bronx - Have you noticed the underutilized park on Nelson Avenue between West 170th and West 169th Streets? Corporal Fischer Park has been sitting in the Parks Department inventory for six years! You can read more in this DNAInfo article. If you're a neighbor, reach out to Bronx Community Board 4 and the Parks Department (212-360-3441) for updates.

Lower East Side, Manhattan - We've been chatting with Haimar, who lives next door to the lot at276 East 3rd Street, who is talking to neighbors about getting a garden started. Emailmary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to hear about the upcoming meeting!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

yours,
596 Acres 

The 596 Acres team, December 2014 edition.

News From the Acres - December 23, 2014

23 December 2014
REVIEWING RENEWAL AT THE QUEENS MUSEUM

From January 11th to February 8th, 2015 596 Acres will be exhibiting all of the urban renewal plans that the City has ever adopted in an intervention directly on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum, realizing the online Urban Reviewer map on a 1:1200 scale of the 9,335 square foot Panorama!

Opening Day!
Join us on Sunday, January 11th for a bundle of awesome events: from 12:30 pm to 2 pm take a Willet's Point Urban Renewal Area Walking Tour with Queens borough historian Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm watch the film presentation The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, which explores the issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, from 3:30 pm to 4 pm experience "Who Makes A Neighborhood?", a reading by author DW Gibson and a short film: Adam Purple and the Garden of Eden, and from 4 pm to 6 pm come hang out with us at the Reviewing Renewal Opening Reception!

All events are free, but some require a RSVPs, so click on the links above to learn more!

Sundays Through February
Join us every Sunday from January 11th through February 8th for special programming with talks, readings, discussions, and film showings! For more information on the exhibit and programming details, click here.

Help 596 Acres continue to help open spaces in 2015
A huge thanks to those who gave their time and funds to keep 596 Acres in action in 2014! We're excited for the year ahead, but unfortunately, only have funding through March 2015. You can support our continuing work helping communities take control of their city by giving a tax-exempt donation!

yours,
596 Acres

Looking Back at 2014

18 December 2014

 

29 and counting!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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 in 2014 alone. Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter to see them all.

A huge thanks to those who gave their time and funds to keep 596 Acres in action, and to those that created and strengthened their own neighborhood open spaces, making New York City an even better place to live! We're looking forward to the year ahead, but unfortunately, only have funding through March 2015. You can support our continuing work helping communities take control of their city by giving a tax-exempt donation!

Intern with us
We're looking for an intern to join us for ten weeks from January 6th to March 12th, 2015. Get more information here! Applications are due by 5:59 pm TOMORROW, Friday, December 19th, to organizers@596acres.org with the subject 'Winter 2015 Intern Application'. It's 100 hours of mind expansion!

We packed the court!
On Monday we were at the Brooklyn State Supreme Court supporting Coney Island's Boardwalk Community Garden as they fought for the garden's land, which was was illegally bulldozed in December 2013 to make way for a $53 million City-funded amphitheater. Want to get involved and learn more? Join the New York City Community Garden Coalition TONIGHT, Thursday, December 18th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Manhattan) for their monthly general meeting and holiday party! There will be updates on current garden cases and the coalition's plans for next year. Bring fellow garden members and something yummy to share, if you can.

Save the Dates: Reviewing Urban Renewal at the Queens Museum
From January 11th to February 8th, 2015, 596 Acres will be exhibiting all of the urban renewal plans that the City has ever adopted in an intervention directly on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum, realizing the online Urban Reviewer map on a 1:1200 scale of the 9,335 square foot Panorama! Stay tuned for updates on special programming for Sundays through February 8th. We'll be sending a full update next week! In the meantime check out the evolving programming here!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - December 11, 2014

11 December 2014

 

#29!


GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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 gaining the support of their community board, local businesses, residents, and organizations, the group joined the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust, who singed a lease with the MTA that became official this past Monday! The plans shown above were created by Hilliker Landscape Design under the supervision of Grain Collective, who generously gave their time to craft plans for the space. A collaboration of resident dedication, shared skills, and a passion for community open space means this empty lot will soon be a neighborhood hot spot!

PACK THE COURT! 
Stand with Boardwalk Community Garden as they head to court this Monday, December 15th to continue to fight for the garden's land, which was was illegally bulldozed in December 2013 to make way for a $53 million City-funded amphitheater (learn more). Join us at the Brooklyn State Supreme Court at 360 Adams Street (near Brooklyn Borough Hall, between Johnson Street and Joralemon Street) to rally at 10:30am and enter the court at 12:15 pm. Help us set a powerful precedent for community garden preservation in NYC! See you there!

New Grant!
Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International. Nonprofit causes or organizations (schools, 501c3s, food banks, community gardens, colleges, libraries, prisons, senior programs, etc.) interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that benefit their community can apply. Grants range from $325 to $500! Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter for a link to Green For Your Green, our site's page with lots more grants!

Intern with us!
We're looking for an intern to join us for ten weeks from January 6th to March 12th, 2015. Get more information here! Applications are due by 5:59 p.m. next Friday, December 19th, toorganizers@596acres.org with the subject 'Winter 2015 Intern Application.' It's 100 hours of mind expansion!

NEWS FROM THE ACRES

East New York, Brooklyn - Project East New York is holding their first meeting to discuss creating a new garden at 467 Vermont Avenue at the corner of Blake Avenue this Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30 pm at JHS 166 George Gershwin (800 Van Siclen Avenue between Linden Boulevard and Stanley Avenue). Contact Luwana at 917-342-2072 or luwanas@projecteastnewyork.org with questions. All interested neighbors welcome!

Rockaway, Queens - After months of organizing and going door-to-door, neighbor Alexis is getting a letter of support from Queens Community Board 14 to start a free food hub and educational garden at357 Beach 43rd Street at the corner of Beach Channel Drive. Next step? Wrapping up the application and sending it to GreenThumb! Contact alexissmallwood@yahoo.com or call 347-606-9925 to learn more!

Rockaway, Queens - There are two huge lots surrounding PS 106: one on Sprayview Avenue between Beach 34th and Beach 35th Streets and another on the other side of the block on Edgemere Avenue between Beach 34th and Beach 35th Streets. According to Housing Preservation and Development, this would be a great site for a temporary community garden and an organizing space for future involvement with the Arverne East development site (which is not scheduled to start for at least a few years). Students and teachers could be involved! Let's start planning! Emailorganizers@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.

Whitestone, Queens  - Along 150th Place between 15th Drive and 17th Avenue is a Department of Citywide Administrative Services-owned lot next to St. Luke's School and a lovely block of houses. Are you a neighbor or know someone at the school? Let us know! Shoot organizers@596acres.organ email or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - In the middle of a busy block with lots of apartments and plenty of neighbors sits 112 Seigal Street between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street. This spot cold be turned into a garden or hang out spot! Email mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get started!

LOTS WITH ACCESS
The Electric Ladybug Garden (237 West 111th Street between Frederick Douglas Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem) is excited to be partnering with Harlem Grown, who is lending expertise and providing some basic materials to help launch the newly-licensed GreenThumb garden to begin growing this spring. Read the press release and scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to see some neighbors picking up veggies at an event that both gardens held!

Edgemere Farm (Beach 46th Street at Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway) still has spots open in their winter CSA! If you live in Rockaway, here's your chance to get a share of local veggies to keep you going through the winter! Click here to see what they have to offer!

COLLABORATORS
Join the Arts East New York community this Saturday, December 13th from 11am to 8 pm atArtsplosion!, a winter celebration and special preview-opening of (re)NewLots, a community driven artist and vendor incubator on land that has been overlooked for decades. The event will be from 11am to 8 pm at 170 New Lots Ave at Van Sinderen Avenue, Brooklyn. There will be raffles, giveaways, and complimentary hot chocolate along with performances by Arts East New York artists.

The first ever South Bronx Farmers & Holiday Market is this Saturday, December 13th from 11 am to 5 pm at The Bronx Museum of The Arts (1040 Grand Concourse between 165th and 166th Streets, in the Lower Gallery). Buy products and goods made by Bronx residents for yourself or for the perfect holiday gift! Admission is free, but pre-register for a chance to win a gift basket! As always, the market will accept SNAP/EBT cards for qualifying food purchases!

Are you a community composter in NYC?
Fill out this survey to help the Department of Sanitation serve you better!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - December 4, 2014

04 December 2014
spring is soon!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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 - anything from community gardens to tenant organizing. The application is due January 26th, 2015, and before then there are several application workshops you can attend! Contact grants@citizensnyc.org or call 212-822-9563 with questions. Check out our Green for Your Green page (linked at the bottom of this newsletter) for other grant opportunities!

Looking for a holiday gift?
Help support 596 Acres by purchasing Gracias Por Guiarme: Paper y tierra, book-documentary that explores different personal perspectives on communal land ownership in modern Mexico. Set in the state of Oaxaca, dialogues, drawings and historical research to introduce the reader to the crazy quilt that is the legal structure of land there two decades after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Books are handmade by our elves and so cute! In addition to selling them online, come get one from us this Monday, December 8th at Nextdoorganics' Holiday Market from 7 to 9 pm at 360 Throop Avenue at Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn.

Are you a community composter in NYC?
Fill out this survey to help the Department of Sanitation serve you better!

NEWS FROM THE ACRES

East New York, Brooklyn - Project East New York is holding their first meeting to discuss creating a new garden at 467 Vermont Avenue at the corner of Blake Avenue. The meeting will be on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30 pm at JHS 166 George Gershwin (800 Van Siclen Avenue between Linden Boulevard and Stanley Avenue). Contact Luwana at 917-342-2072 or luwanas@projecteastnewyork.org with questions. All interested neighbors welcome!

Tremont, Bronx - Edwin wants to create a garden space in the lot next door to his house at 1900 Marmion Avenue at Fairmount Place, but needs help getting started! Please spread the word if you live in the Bronx or have friends or family that do! They can reach out to Edwin (who speaks English and Spanish) by emailing edwin11arevalo@gmail.comor calling 914-403-6909.

Jamaica, Queens - At 105-45 62nd Drive (between 108th Street and Yellowstone Boulevard) there a paved Department of Citywide Administrative Services-owned lot that's sitting adjacent to an apartment building in a spot with lots of sunlight! Interested? Give us a call at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email us at organizers@596acres.org to help you get started!

Rego Park, Queens - There's a pathway 10 feet wide and almost 100 feet long sitting next to Peters Field, behind a row of houses that sit on 183rd Place between Henderson Avenue and 104th Avenue. What could it be used for? A walk-through art gallery? A garden? Contact us at organizers@596acres.org or call us at 718-316-6092 ext 3 to share you idea.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Join Smiling Hogshead Ranch (25-30 Skillman Avenue at Pearson Place, Long Island City, Queens) for a winterizing weekend! This last event of the season includes winterizing and protecting tender, young fruit trees, sowing wildflower seeds, garlic, and cover crops, and applying mulch where needed. Light drinks and snacks provided! Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring a water bottle, and snacks or something to share. The rain date will be the same time on Sunday, December 7th. Check out the Facebook event here!

Keap Fourth Community Garden (at the corner of Keap Street and South 4th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) is looking for a Master Composter as an addition to their garden community! They'll even pay your way to complete the course and transportation to and from the training! Check out the class info here and contact them as soon as possible if you're interested.

On November 22nd Feedback Farms finished moving from their home at Myrtle Village Green to their new site at The Doe Fund's Opportunity Center (89 Porter Avenue between Ingraham Street and Johnson Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn). That's Tom from Feedback Farms pictured at the top of the newsletter, directing a bobcat! See all the photos on the'Facebook album (photo credit Murray Cox)!

COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coalition invites all to attend their board meetingTONIGHT, Thursday, December 4th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in seeing how the coalition operates or are considering running for the board, attend! Non-members are welcome as well! Please email Mara for the meeting address and a copy of the current bylaws at mara.gittleman@nyccgc.org.

GreenThumb is hosting a tool supply giveaway this Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 1 pm at their compound at the corner of Queens Plaza South and 10th Street, Queens. Gardens in good standing can pick up up basic gardening and maintenance supplies for your garden, one pickup per group!  Gardeners picking up for others must notify GreenThumb by calling 212-788-8070.

Maggie's Magic Garden (1574 Lexington Avenue between East 100th Street and East 101st Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan) is holding their annual tree lighting event this Saturday, December 6th from 6 pm to 7 pm. All are welcome!

If you're a member of a garden with a GreenThumb license that is on Parks Department land, it's time to renew! GreenThumb is looking to sync the re-licensing of all these spaces at once. This process includes updating your open hours, general rules, membership guidelines, and more! Contact GreenThumb to find out more details: call 212-788-8070 or call greenthumbinfo@parks.nyc.gov.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot.
 Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

Harlem Valley Garden (197 West 134 Street at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, Manhattan) finally has a sign, and it was made by students of Harlem Success Academy North Central!

News From the Acres - November 28, 2014

28 November 2014
we're thankful for our community spaces!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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 week! Happy Holidays!

Events next week
Nextdoorganics and the Local Food Lab are hosting GENTRIFY HERE: A panel discussion on gentrification and the food system Tuesday, December 2nd from 7 pm to 9 pm at Nextdoorganics Brooklyn Hub (360 Throop Avenue at Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn). Paula from 596 Acres will be on panel! This is a free event and all are welcome!

596 Acres, Interference Archive, and Sunview Luncheonette are presenting Right to Wynwood, an investigative documentary that explores the causes and effects of gentrification in Wynwood, Miami FL, Miami's oldest Puerto Rican community, which transformed into the city's largest art district. Join this free film showing and panel discussion with the filmmakers Wednesday, December 3rd from 8 pm to 10 pm at the Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Avenue at North Henry Street, Brooklyn). RSVP to the Facebook event!

Looking for a holiday gift?
Help support 596 Acres by purchasing Gracias Por Guiarme: Paper y tierra, book-documentary that explores different personal perspectives on communal land ownership in modern Mexico. Set in the state of Oaxaca, dialogues, drawings and historical research to introduce the reader to the crazy quilt that is the legal structure of land there two decades after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Books are handmade by our elves and so cute!

Lots labeled in Harlem!
On Tuesday we labeled this skinny lot at 112 West 130th across the street from a church and a few doors down from a music association. It might be the perfect spot for neighborhood BBQs, a pocket park, or a dog run! Reach out to us if you're interested by emailing organizers@596acres.org or calling 718-316-6092 ext 3.

A block south there's another lot at 123 West 129th on a block that might love a new hang out spot. The lot is only about 12 feet wide, but almost 100 feet deep. What could it be used for?

Do you live near the long stretch of lots on East 126th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues? We posted our Urban Reviewer signs (pictured at the bottom of this newsletter) so that neighbors are aware that these parcels are a part of the Harlem-East Harlem Urban Renewal Plan.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Edgemere, Rockaway - Last Saturday marked the last market stand day of a successful season at Edgemere Farm (at the corner of Beach 46th Street and Beach Channel Drive). Check out farmer Julie and her cabbage pictured at the top of this newsletter!

COLLABORATORS
GreenThumb is hosting a tool supply giveaway next Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 1 pm at their compound at the corner of Queens Plaza South and 10th Street, Queens. Gardens in good standing can pick up up basic gardening and maintenance supplies for your garden, one pickup per group!  Gardeners picking up for others must notify GreenThumb by calling 212-788-8070.

If you're a member of a garden with a GreenThumb license that is on Parks Department land, it's time to renew! GreenThumb is looking to sync the re-licensing of all these spaces at once. This process includes updating your open hours, general rules, membership guidelines, and more! Contact GreenThumb to find out more details: call 212-788-8070 or call greenthumbinfo@parks.nyc.gov.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - November 20, 2014

20 November 2014
growing together!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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 land transferred to the NYC Parks Department. (You can get an update of the full situation by reading this recent article by Curbed.) Head over to PS 20 (166 Essex Street between Stanton and East Houston Streets, Manhattan) next Tuesday night to show your support! That's Samir, pictured above, who testified at the last CB3 hearing on behalf of the garden he loves. Too cute!

Be our intern!
We're looking for an intern to help program and staff the Urban Reviewer at the Queens Art Museum, which will be running from January 11th to February 8th. This 10-week internship means hands-on exhibition and event experience! To learn more, click hereApplications will be accepted until 5 pm on Wednesday, November 26th.

In the Press!
596 Acres is listed as a "solution" on Beautiful Solutions, a platform for sharing to work toward a just, democratic, and resilient future that is a companion to Naomi Klein's book, This Changes Everything. We're honored!

Last month Paula gave a short talk at the Municipal Arts Society Summit about 596 Acres and the Urban Reviewer. Watch the video here!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Edgemere, Queens - Alexis has been going door to door to collect signatures of neighbors who support the plan for a free food hub and educational growing space at 357 Beach 43rd Street (near Beach Channel Drive), and is in the process of getting a letter of support from the Queens Community Board 14. Reach out to her if you'd like to get involved! Contact her at 347-606-9925 oralexissmallwood@yahoo.com.

Morrisania, Bronx - Live close to Melrose Avenue and 161st? Help Raven organize neighbors and get input to plan a potential garden at 405 East 161st Street, a lot snuggled between homes and a church on a street with lots of foot traffic. Email Raven at trotterraven@gmail.com.

East New York, Brooklyn - Attention East New York neighbors: There's a corner lot at 511 Liberty Avenue and Van Siclen Avenue that's perfect for a garden! It even has a big tree for hanging out under in the summer! Contact us at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email organizers@596acres.org.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - We met Pat this past summer while we were lot labeling in his neighborhood. He immediately started organizing around 687A Hancock Street, a lot across the street from him home with a big, shady tree in front. Already, Pat's been able to collect all the items needed for a GreenThumb application, including a letter of support from Brooklyn Community Board 3! Fingers crossed that this new garden will be growing by spring.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Harlem, Manhattan - Electric Ladybug Harlem Serenity Garden (West 111th Street between 8th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard). Had a workday last weekend where they built raised beds and held a garden visioning session. Pictured at the bottom of this newsletter is one drawing of a vision! Head over to their Facebook to see more. Want to join? Email theloton111@gmail.com orerica@turnyourlightson.org.

COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coalition is holding their monthly meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, November 20th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Lower East Side, Manhattan). This is a great chance to connect with other gardeners throughout the boroughs and get updates from threatened gardens. Paula and Mary from 596 Acres will be there, too!

Did you know this week is Geography Awareness Week? Open Street Map is hosting Map Community Gardens on Open Street Map this Saturday, November 22nd from 12 pm to 3 pm at The Bark Room at Parsons School of Design (the ground floor of 2 West 13th Street, Manhattan). This is a chance to share your information about community gardens on a platform that can be edited by you and your neighbors and help document your valuable community spaces. No experience mapping is necessary, but you do need to bring a laptop. Read more here and RSVP here.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - November 13, 2014

13 November 2014
it's oyster season!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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 more oysters! The project aims to restore one billion oysters to the New York City Harbor over the next twenty years and educate young people about the ecology and economy of our waterways along the way. For the last year the project has been using a parking lot on Governors Island for curing and storing aged shells, but is expanding (hooray!) and in need another temporary location that is at least half an acre in size. We're working with the EDC to find a suitable space, but do you know of any privately owned sites that might be a good fit? Contact Albert Carreras at albert@earthmatter.org.

GreenThumb's Resources Page
Existing GreenThumb gardens will be happy to find downloadable application forms for soil, lumber, and open hours signs, and online applications for other various types of signage on GreenThumb's updated Resources page. You can also request a letter to access a hydrant permit from the DEP, update your membership and contact information, and share your upcoming gardens events! If you're a member of a GreenThumb garden, make sure your group takes a look at this page!

School Garden Grant Deadline TOMORROW!
Scroll down to the Green For Your Green at the bottom of this newsletter to learn more about The Nature Conservancy and Grow to Learn NYC's Nature Works Everywhere Grant, providing resources and funding to your existing or future school garden!

In the Press This Week
In addition to Fast Company publishing an article discussing both of our maps, our little movie "Living Lots as a Solution" made Shareable's list of 8 Inspiring Documentaries Exploring the Sharing Movement. Give it a watch!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

East New York, Brooklyn - Kevin, the director of Progressive Youths Soccer Academy in East New York, is looking for a piece of land to convert into a new playing field for this active non-profit to use! He's interested in several Department of Citywide Administrative Services-ownedlots between 155th and 153rd Avenues along 78th Street, which could be a wonderful addition to Spring Creek Park! Live in the area and want to help Kevin get this project rolling? Contact him at blacstoc@gmail.com.

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The organizers for the future Hooper Street Park (375 South 5th Street at Hooper Street) have collected several letters of support from the local neighborhood groups: the church nearby, two daycare centers, Los Sures, and El Puente. Wow! This group is close to submitting a GreenThumb application so that soon this site, which was planned as open space in the Southside Urban Renewal Area, can be truly open to the public!

Jackson Heights, Queens - There's a paved lot that connects 78th and 79th Streets near Northern Boulevard. How is it being used now? What could it be used for? Emailmary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to let us know what you think!

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Harlem, Manhattan - Electric Ladybug Harlem Serenity Garden (West 111th Street between 8th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard) is ready to get growing on their space! They have a fresh cap of dirt down thanks to GreenThumb and New York Restoration Project. Want to join? Email theloton111@gmail.com or erica@turnyourlightson.org.

Lower East Side, Manhattan - Join Siempre Verde Garden TONIGHT, Thursday, November 13th to ask Manhattan Community Board 3's Parks Committee to endorse the garden's request for permanence by having their space transferred to the NYC Department of Parks. Head over to BRC Senior Services Center (30 Delancey Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets) at 6:30 pm.

Bushwick, Brooklyn - That's EL Garden (Evergreen Avenue and Jefferson Street) pictured at the top of the newsletter at their BBQ and tree giveaway last month!

COLLABORATORS
GreenThumb is hosting a Tool Maintenance Workshop TONIGHT, Thursday, November 13thfrom 6 pm to 7 pm at the New York Botanical Garden (200 Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx). Bring your pruning tools for cleaning and sharpening to extend their lifetime indefinitely, making gardening easier and safer! Call 212-788-8070 for details!

Did you know next week is Geography Awareness Week? Open Street Map is hosting Map Community Gardens on Open Street Map next Saturday, November 22nd from 12 pm to 3 pmat The Bark Room at Parsons School of Design (the ground floor of 2 West 13th Street, Manhattan). This is a chance to share your information about community gardens on a platform that can be edited by you and your neighbors and help document your valuable community spaces. No experience mapping is necessary, but you do need to bring a laptop. Read more here and RSVP here.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

The Nature Conservancy and Grow to Learn NYC are collaborating to promote environmental education through the Nature Works Everywhere grant for school gardens.  This grant package offers money to be spent on materials and an educator stipend, educational workshops, coaching and support, and more! This grant may be used to support a new garden or to enhance an existing garden. Due THIS FRIDAY November 14, 2014 by 5:00pm.  Questions and comments may be sent to  natureworks@tnc.org. Learn more and download application HERE.

yours,
596 Acres 

Sharing successes and struggles at Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last week.

News From the Acres - November 6, 2014

06 November 2014
You are now entering an active Urban Renewal Area. 

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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 out this article from Urban Omnibus that gives some background to how urban renewal has affected our city and recaps our journey creating Urban Reviewer. In addition, to finding our just how much of our city has been impacted by eminent domain as a "blight" reduction strategy, we found 68 lots that were included in the plans as future open spaces that remained vacant lots behind fences. Keap Fourth Community Garden, the Edgemere Farm, and La Casita Verde have all organized to open those lots and realize their visions. Hooper Park is nearly there, too! 

Pictured above is a photo taken by Jenny Akchin, who is organizing around 665 Flushing Avenue, a lot within the Broadway Triangle Urban Renewal Area in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Urban Renewal Areas are neighborhoods that need our participation for healthy planning. Neighbors organizing in these designated areas can lead to incredible results like the only community land trust in Manhattan. Is there an active plan in your neighborhood? Find out!

On the Road with the Community Land Access Advocacy Network
Today Paula is headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to present at the Growing Power International Urban and Small Farm Conference along with our friends from the Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Earthworks Urban Farm in Detroit. The workshop, Food for the People - Tactics to Claim Land and Increase Food Sovereignty, will examine strategies for gaining access to, securing, and preserving land in different city contexts and in light of our different personal and cultural privileges. We'll keep you posted on what she learns!

Grant Deadline TOMORROW!
Scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter's Green for Your Green section to learn more about a grant from the Citizens Committee for New York CityWe're happy to connect you with resources from other organizations to transform the lots in your lives!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Attention Harlem! Neighbors trying to earn a letter of support from Manhattan Community Board 10 for 109 West 126th Street need your signature to move forward in creating the vegetable growing paradise they're dreaming of. If you live in the area email126streetcommunitygardenapiary@gmail.com or call Tamika at 845-380-4050 to sign on!Spread the word!

Harlem, Manhattan - Harlem-raised Takina has a vision to create a garden and greenhouse on the lots at 1807-09 and 1811-13 Park Avenue that can host workshops for nearby schools. She says, "I'm very involved in my community and feel this is something that can educate, help and rejuvenate this particular Harlem community." Takina is already looking into grants and planning to contact her community board! Call or email her at Takinae@gmail.com or 917-266-3403.

Edgemere, Queens - Dawn and her family would love to work with neighbors to start a garden onBeach 36th Street between Beach Channel Drive and Norton Avenue, next door to the daycare they run. Are you close by? Contact Dawn at 347-299-2533 or grenada347@aol.com.

Arrochar, Staten Island - Gardener Harry made his second presentation at a Staten Island Community Board 2 meeting and was granted a letter of support to start a garden on the two back-to-back lots on Sand Lane near Cedar Avenue. He's wrapping up his application to GreenThumb and hopefully this Department of Citywide Services-owned lots will be transferred to Parks for community use! To get involved call Harry at 347-422-3658.

LOTS WITH ACCESS
Long Island City, Queens - Smiling Hogshead Ranch (25-30 Skillman Avenue at Pearson Place) is holding a day-long planting, performance, skill share and potluck event this Sunday, November 9th from 9 am to 6 pm, with the potluck kicking off at 1 pm. Wow! This event is also a part of Permaculture Action Day NYC. Check out the Facebook page for more information! (That's the Ranch's new mailbox pictured at the bottom of the newsletter. Neat!)

Lower East Side, Mahattan - Join Siempre Verde Garden next Wednesday, November 13th to ask Manhattan Community Board 3's Parks Committee to endorse the garden's request for permanence by having their space transferred to the NYC Department of Parks. Head over to BRC Senior Services Center (30 Delancey Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets) at 6:30 pm. Join the Facebook event and check out this article by The Lo-Down to get you up to speed with details of the garden's situation.

COLLABORATORS
Did you have trouble keeping your plants growing strong this season? GreenThumb is hosting aSoil Health Workshop this Saturday, November 8th from 10 am to 11:30 am at Hands and Heart Community Garden (on New Lots Avenue at Alabama Avenue, Brooklyn). They will cover all the soil health basics plus what to look for and how to amend! Call 212-788-8070 for details, but there's no need to RVSP! Can't make it? There will be a repeat workshop next Wednesday in Manhattan!

Feedback Farms is moving this weekend and needs your help! Their partnership with the The Doe Fund, a leading homeless services organization, is expanding and they are moving part of their operations from Myrtle Village Green to their home site in Bushwick. Lend a hand this Saturday, November 8th and Sunday, November 9th from 10 am to 4 pm, starting at Myrtle Village Green (636 Myrtle Avenue between Kent and Franklin Avenues, Brooklyn) in the morning. To coordinate where to head at a time later than 10 am, please emailthallaran@gmail.com or call or text 203-560-4506.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN - GRANT DEADLINE TOMORROW!
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Citizens Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant awards $1,000 to groups to clean up streets or a vacant lot, paint a mural, build tree guards, and more. The deadline to apply is TOMORROW, November 7th.

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - October 29, 2014

30 October 2014
siempre verde: with one voice

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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 Chin and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have voiced that Siempre Verde is an important resource to the Lower East Side. The garden will need your support in this continuing process as they visit the board's Parks Committee next month, and thereafter with the Administration. Subscribe to Siempre Verde's newsletter to stay in the loop about upcoming meetings!

We are supporting Siempre Verde in this campaign and two other gardens that have reclaimed abandoned private land and their efforts to remain: Maple Street Community Garden in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and Roger That Garden Project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It was great to see Mr. Richard Green from Roger That Garden Project at the Brooklyn Community Foundation's Spark Change breakfast this morning.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Springfield Gardens, Queens - Thomas would like to create a native plant preserve and compost site in the lots on 147th Avenue, across from the southeast side of Springfield Park. Live in the area and want to help? Contact Thomas at 347-866-5114 or email him at tjager727@gmail.com.

Red Hook, Brooklyn - Teacher Johanna from  Brooklyn New School (PS 146) along much of the PTA would love to see the triangular patch of roadbed across from school (and next to the footbridge over the Gowanus Expressway) turned into a garden. Currently the school grows in their playground as part of their science and sustainability curriculum, but would love to expand to include neighbors and their sister schools. Contact Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or mary@596acres.org to get connected to Johanna!

Harlem, Manhattan - Leora is the director of a women's empowerment program that also teams up with GEMS, a non-profit that helps girls who are the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. They'd love to start a garden at 136 West 137th Street that can be used by the community and maintained by the GEMS team. Want to help? Email or call Leora at 917-337-0147 or leora@goddess-onthego.com.

Lower East Side, Manhattan - We've been chatting with Haimar, who lives next door to 276 East 3rd Street, who is planning on reaching out to his neighbors to see if they'd like to start a garden with him. There's also a handful of watchers on this lot's page... Time for a meeting! Contact Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or mary@596acres.org join this potential project!


COLLABORATORS
Roger That Garden Project (at the corner of Rogers Avenue and Parks Place, Brooklyn) is holding a trick-or-treating event TOMORROW, Friday, October 31th from 1 pm to 6 pm. Bring the whole family for pumpkin crafts, face painting, compost critters and Halloween candy galore! See the Facebook event for more info, or just show up!!

Join Dulce de Harlem Community Garden (620 West 148th Street at Broadway, Harlem) this Saturday, November 1st at 1 pm for a free workshop on Compost: A New Beginning! Refreshments will be served. RSVP by emailing enviharlem@gmail.com.

Want to donate your decaying jack-o-lanterns to a good cause? Maple Street Community Garden (237 Maple Street between Rogers Avenue and Nostrand Avenue) is holding a pumpkin smash this Sunday, November 2nd where you can donate to the garden compost bin! The garden will supply the baseball bat, you supply the smashing power! There will also be a bonfire, marshmallow roasting, potato sack races, and a Halloween movie. Join the Facebook event here!

The South Bronx Farmers' Market is in the full swing of fall! The market is open every Saturday through November 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm on 138th Street between Willis and Alexander Avenues in the South Bronx and has farmers selling tons of produce, pumpkins, and hot cider! The market accepts SNAP, WIC, EBT and FMNP checks!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN - GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING!
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email atorganizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Citizens Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant awards $1,000 to groups to clean up streets or a vacant lot, paint a mural, build tree guards, and more. The deadline to apply is November 7th.

yours,
596 Acres 

At Tuesday's Manhattan's Community Board 3's meeting we ran into a Mapping Matters tattoo!

News From the Acres - October 22, 2014

24 October 2014
Fall!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

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, public parks and gardens are at a premium and we cannot afford to lose this important community treasure. I urge the city to transfer this land to Parks Department so that it can be made a permanent community garden now and into the future.” Wow!

The garden already received an unanimous vote supporting the transfer of the land at the Manhattan Community Board 3 Land Use Committee meeting on October 14th. Next, thatdecision needs to go before the full board this Tuesday, October 28th at 6:30 pm at PS 20 Anna Silver School (166 Essex Street between East Houston & Stanton Streets). Please attend and spread widely! Join the Facebook eventsubscribe to Siempre Verde's newsletter, and if you haven't already, sign their petition! A transfer to Parks means neighbors will be able to relax knowing their garden space is not on the list of sites developers are looking at for potential new private construction.

At the MAS Summit
We had a fabulous time at the MAS Summit for New York City today! Paula Z. Segal presented on the connection between a history of urban renewal planning and the development of public open space in our neighborhoods. She shared the Urban Reviewer with advocates thinking about all our possible futures. 

Have questions about your park?
NYC Parks just created a park construction tracking tool. Learn about the phases of the process of building a park and view the active projects in all boroughs! We're excited to see that Melrose Commons Site 32, a huge piece of land along Melrose Avenue between 159th and 160th Streets in the Bronx, has some movin' plans for neighbors to follow up with!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Flatbush, Brooklyn - For almost two years neighbors have been organizing to create Q Gardens (at the corner of Church Avenue and East 18th Street). The vacant lot in their lives is owned by the MTA - it's actually the roof of the subway tunnel! The MTA has agreed to sign a lease with the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (BQLT) so that the local group can join the Trust and use the land. We have designed the garden using the original subway tunnel plans, gotten those plans approved by the MTA and have finalized a lease agreement. Almost there! Now we are just waiting for the lease to be signed by all parties. The Q Gardners will be holding an open, public meeting on Monday, October 27th at 7:30pm at The Family Light Holistic Center (717 Coney Island Ave near Cortelyou Road). Anyone interested in joining the future garden is welcome! Additionally, if you have carpentry skills, the group would love help with constructing raised beds and benches. Contact the neighbors at qgardensinfo@gmail.com and keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates. Also, check out this write-up about them from the Ditmas Park Corner.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - The group organizing around 375 South 5th Street got a hold of a missing Brooklyn Community Board 1 letter of support that had been stalling them from applying to GreenThumb. Hooray! This group is one step closer to make the future Hooper Street Park a reality! If you know a local group, church, or organization that would like to get involved or voice their support, contact rainamoore@gmail.com.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Shadel is the founder of Street Poets NYC and interested in turning the little lot at 358 Malcolm X Boulevard into a garden that also displays art and can host community events. Want to team up? Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - In April of 2013 two schools, Mott Hall and Eagle Academy, teamed up with Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger and Brooklyn Food Coalition to create the garden on the triangular lot on Fulton and Saratoga, which they've now outgrown! Now Elliott, a social worker for Eagle Academy, is leading a campaign to get temporary access to part of the large lot across the street until it is developed for affordable housing in the future. Elliott is gathering letters of support from local organizations and gardens. Want to help? Know an organization that would love to help make this happen? Email emarucow@hotmail.com.

Lots with access!
Greenpoint, Brooklyn - Java Street Community Garden (59 Java Street between Franklin Avenue and West Street, Brooklyn) is holding their fall festival this Saturday, October 25thfrom 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be fun, food, activities for kids, daffodil planting and information about saving seeds! Costumes encouraged! RSVP to the Facebook event or just show up!

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn - The South Brooklyn Children's Garden (204 Columbia Street at the corner of Sackett and Columbia Streets) is holding their 3rd annual Harvest Fair this Saturday, October 25th from 10 am to 1 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, October 26th). There will be arts and crafts, food, a pumpkin patch, a pie contest, and more! This event also acts as a farm-to-table workshop for children to understand the importance of where food comes from. All are welcome!

Harlem, Manhattan - Electric Ladybug Harlem Serenity Garden received a shipment of soil from the Parks Department last week and had a handful of volunteers helping them spread it! They also received a donation of trees and plants from Urban Park Rangers and assistance fromFriends of Brook Park(That's their members and volunteers pictured at the bottom of the newsletter, and a few of their youngest members getting into the season at the top of the newsletter!)

COLLABORATORS
East New York Farms! and GreenThumb are holding a Honey Tasting and Honey Harvest Demonstration this Saturday, October 25th from 11 am to 1 p. Taste and learn about honeys made locally and around the world! This event free and will be held at the UCC Youth Farm (612 Schenck Avenue, between New Lots and Livonia Avenues, Brooklyn). Contactdeborah@eastnewyorkfarms.org with questions.

Join Dulce de Harlem Community Garden (620 West 148th Street at Broadway, Harlem) this Saturday, October 25th at 1 pm for a free workshop on seed saving and pumpkin carving! Refreshments will be served. RSVP by emailing enviharlem@gmail.com.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN - GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING!
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Citizens Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant awards $1,000 to groups to clean up streets or a vacant lot, paint a mural, build tree guards, and more. The deadline to apply is November 7th.

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - October 16, 2014

16 October 2014
“we will fight for every square foot we have for community benefit”

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED
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 The Lo-Down about a meeting of Manhattan Community Board 3 this past Tuesday night where the Housing and Land Use Committee voiced their support for the garden to remain a valuable piece of their neighborhood! Subscribe to Siempre Verde's newsletter to keep up to date on news and how you lend your support!

Visit us this weekend!
Come hang out in our new office at Spaceworks (504 President Street at 3rd Avenue, #2E, Brooklyn) and see some of our work on display at Gowanus Open Studios, happening this weekend Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th from noon to 6 pm each day. Check out the Facebook invite!

New grant!
Scroll down to the Green for Your Green section at the bottom of the newsletter for information on a new grant!

Is a park near you getting a makeover?
Mayor de Blasio has announced his Community Parks Initiative, a $130 million plan to rehabilitate, repair, rebuild, and in some cases begin thirty-five parks (totaling 65.5 acres of public green space) that need it most. Check out this article from the Gothamist to see if your neighborhood park is on the list. We're excited to see Melrose Commons Site 32included (which was planned as a park in 1994 under the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal plans) and hope it will soon become the long-awaited park this neighborhood wants and needs!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - The first meeting of a reinvigorated campaign for 463 Tompkins took place last night at a church around the corner from the lot. Neighbors shared their visions for the space (filled with gardening and relaxed social space!) and divided up next steps in collecting an application to submit to GreenThumb! To stay in loop and get details for the next meeting in two weeks from now, contact Mark at thatartistmark@gmail.com or 917-617-4552.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Eve would love to help create children's native plant garden and natural play space in the lot at Jefferson and Malcolm X Boulevard with the big shady tree. We spoke to Housing Preservation and Development who told us there are no plans for development in sight! Contact Eve at eve@evemosher.com or 646-492-1314.

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbors are still working on getting a letter of support from Manhattan Community Board 10 to start a garden at 109 West 126th Street. Organizer Tamika is looking for new supporting signatures and has until November 12th to submit them to the board. If you'd like to get your name on the list or if you'd like to volunteer to help gather signatures, email Tamika at 126streetcommunitygardenapiary@gmail.com or call 845-380-4050.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Miss Brenda is a seasoned gardener, a community chef, and a master composter who is a leader at Powell Street Community Garden in Brownsville. She's got her eye on the lot on Thomas Boyland betwen Sutter and Pitkin Avenue. If you live in the area and want to team up for the next garden, give here a call 718-498-3174 at or email her at isabahlialoef@aol.com.

Arrochar, Staten Island - Harry and Elliott want to turn two Department of Citywide Administrative Services-owned lots on Sand Avenue and Piave Avenue into a growing space. They've visited Staten Island Community Board 2 last month, and are heading back next Tuesday, October 21st for a second meeting. Join them! Contact Harry at 347-422-3658.

Lots with access!
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Patchen Community Square (at the corner of Patchen Avenue and Putnam Avenue) is hosting their second workshop with Artfully Unforgotten (presented byMaterial for the Artsthis Saturday, October 18th from 11 am to 2 pm on "Photo Transfers" with artist Andreea Radulescu. Stop by, bring the family and learn how to transfer your old photos on to recycled objects!

Greenpoint, Brooklyn - 61 Franklin Community Garden (between Oak and Calyer, Greenpoint) is holding a tree care workshop and neighborhood daffodil planting event this Saturday October 18th from 10am to 1pm. Please RSVP to61franklingarden.rsvp@gmail.com. This is a family-friendly activity and will occur rain or shine! 

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn - The South Brooklyn Children's Garden (204 Columbia Street at the corner of Sackett and Columbia Streets) is holding their Harvest Pie Contest is next Saturday, October 25th from 10 am to 1 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, October 26th). New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and GreenThumb's director Nancy Kohn will be two of the judges! This event also acts as a farm-to-table workshop for children to understand the importance of where food comes from. All are welcome!

COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coalition's monthly meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Manhattan). Join them for a recap on the climate march, updates on the status of NYC’s numerous threatened gardens, the NYCCGC legislative efforts, and more. See you there!

More Gardens! and HONK (an international activist brass band extravaganza) are leading the third annual East Village Calvacade for Community Gardens to highlight preservation and self-governance of community gardens worldwide this Saturday, October 18th from 2 pm to 6 pm. Wear your greenest clothes and bring a banner or sign! Click here for details and a schedule of where you can join the parade. Also, arrive early to kick off the day with banner making and face painting at 11 am at Children’s Magical Garden (129 Stanton at between Norfolk Street and Essex Street, Manhattan).

Join Dulce de Harlem Community Garden (620 West 148th Street at Broadway, Harlem)this Saturday, October 18th at 1 pm with a free workshop on making your own pickles! Refreshments will be served. RSVP by emailing enviharlem@gmail.com.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN - GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING!
We maintain a list of micro grants and resources that can help you make your project a reality AFTER you have access to your lot. Groups working on lots that 596 Acres helped them access have already raised over $150,000 for their growing spaces. Have you received a grant or resources for your community project because you read about them here? Tell us about it! Shoot us at email at organizers@596acres.org and let us know!

Citizens Committee for New York City's Love Your Block grant awards $1,000 to groups to clean up streets or a vacant lot, paint a mural, build tree guards, and more. The deadline to apply is November 7th.

New Grant!
The Riverside Church NY's Sharing Fund grants up to $5,000 to projects outside the church that are consistent with their mission of "education, reflection, and action for peace and justice". Rolling deadline!

yours,
596 Acres