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News From the Acres - September 11, 2014

11 September 2014
#26!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Congratulations to Mandela Park, the 26th group we've helped get access to a plot of vacant land! Since early this year neighbors have been organizing to turn two large Housing Preservation and Development-owned lots at 225-227 West 126th Street into a park space with native flowers. We can't wait to see what's blooming come next spring!

Today tickets to Mapping Matters are 2 for one!
Until midnight tonight, just write a note that says "two for one" when you buy them through PayPal ("Add special instructions to the seller"). Click here to purchase! This awesome party on Thursday, October 2nd will be 596 Acres' second ever benefit and include fantastic food, drinks, awesome raffle prizes, music by Consumata Sonireda, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, palm readings, and even free tattoos! You don't want to miss it!

Visit us this weekend!
In Brooklyn we'll be tabling at GreenThumb's Annual Harvest Fair this Saturday, September 13th from noon to 4 pm at Green Gems Community Garden (149 Fountain Ave at Glenmore). Enjoy a healthy food demonstration, a domino tournament, gardening workshops, raffle prizes, live music, the annual Harvest Contest, and activities for kids, including face painting, balloon art and double dutch. Join the fun!

In Rockaway we'll also be tabling at The Climate Justice Teach-in & Bash this Saturday, September 13th from 2 pm to 6 pm at Bayswater Park (located at 32nd Street & Beach Channel Drive). This community event hosted by Rockaway WildfireNYSNA andCommunity Voices Heard will include presentations, demonstrations and information on a wide variety of green, local solutions to the current climate crisis. There will also be a performance by a local youth hip hop dance troupe, live music, participatory artwork and a bouncy castle for kids! See you there!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
South Bronx - Raven is an Bronx-based urban gardener who would love to turn the lot at 161st Street and Melrose Ave into a garden for the children of the neighborhood to learn about growing plants. She's already been speaking to the church next door and talking to people about getting started! Contact Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or mary@596acres.orgto get connected to Raven.

South Bronx - Emily, Afhor, and Kesha are determined to start a garden at 840 Tinton Avenue and East 160th Street - or any of the other vacant spaces in their neighborhood! Email or call Emily at emily.baierl@gmail.com or 612-325-4161 help plan this group's first meeting.

East New York, Brooklyn - Steve says, "Our goal is to transform a neglected vacant space owned by the city (1118 Blake Avenue between Milford Street and Montauk Ave) into a free public edible garden for everyone. We plan to plant tons of fruits & veggies, several trees, build benches and unite the community against hunger." Want to help Steve? He says, "We need as many green thumbs as we can get!" Contact him atstevefred93@gmail.com or call 347-520-7476.

East New York, Brooklyn - We got an email from a neighbor near the skinny vacant lot at182 Wyona Street who wants to start a garden. If you live in the area, contact Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or mary@596acres.org.


COLLABORATORS
El Puente Green Light District's Southside Connex street festival happening this Saturday, September 13th and next Saturday, September 20th from 1 pm to 6 pm on Havemeyer Street between Grand Street and South 4th Street in Los Sures (the Southside of Williamsburg). The streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and filled with cultural activities, health and wellness workshops, environmental justice information & resources! (That's them, pictured at the bottom of the newsletter with their mural, ¡Cultura Con Azúcar!, at the Domino Sugar Factory site, which depicts the rich history of the community and the resiliency of the neighborhood through vast changes.)

The Columbia Waterfront Community Gardens of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn will be holding a garden walk this Saturday, September 13th from noon to 1:30 pm.  The tour will begin at the Human Compass Garden on the corner of Columbia Street & Sackett Streets and will make it way to each of the other community gardens in the area.  This is a great way to see the neighborhood and connect with your fellow gardeners who have turned vacant lots into flower gardens, meadows, quiet spaces, and urban farms! Just show up!

New York City Community Garden Coalition's monthly general meeting is next Thursday, September 18th at 6:30PM at Phoenix Community Garden (2037 Fulton between Thomas S. Boyland Street and Rockaway Avenue, Brownsville, Brooklyn). This meeting is a great way to be updated about citywide community garden issues and is a fun general meet and greet for gardeners. Thinking about marching during the People's Climate Marchnext Sunday, September 21stJoin the NYCCGC as a volunteer!

 

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 - September 4, 2014

04 September 2014
general meeting tonight in east new york!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Our General meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, September 4th at 6:30 pm at 216 Forbell (at Glenmore Avenue, Brooklyn), a few blocks from the Grant Ave A Train. Join us! We're being hosted by BACDYS (Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services) at their future garden space! Contact mary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Bring you scissors!
Head over to Smiling Hogshead Ranch's ribbon cutting happening this Saturday, September 6th from 3 to 5 pm at 25-30 Skillman Avenue (at Pearson Place) as we congratulate this team of gardeners who now have an agreement with the property owner, the MTA/LIRR! Get more details and read about the elected officials that will be presenthere and join the Facebook event page!

Tickets are on sale for Mapping Matters, our second ever gala benefit is happening on Thursday, October 2nd at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. This party will include fantastic food, drinks, awesome raffle prizes, music by Consumata Sonireda, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, palm readings, and even free tattoos! You don't want to miss it! Get the details and buy your tickets. We need your support to keep 596 Acres working in neighborhoods to help people access land!

Essays!
There are two new ones on Urban Reviewer: "Model Cities" by Haja Worley, who worked as part of federal Urban Renewal's Model Cities initiative in the 1960s, and "We could have studied City-Making" by Matt Delsesto, a volunteer who spent hundreds of hours at Housing Preservation and Development's office doing data entry to make the Urban Reviewer possible. Read the essays here!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Harlem, Manhattan - Yesterday afternoon John held meeting in front of the lot near his house on East 108th Street with neighbors. (That's them pictured at the top and bottom of this newsletter!) John collected signatures, shared his ideas for the space, and even got a building owner to pledge to write a letter of support. If you live in the area and want to join the planning, contact John at triplemgarden@gmail.com.

South Bronx - Afhor says "I love the Bronx. I am committed to bringing the beauty, health and UNITY back to our community as a whole." Right on! She's interested in starting a project at in the vacant lot on Bryant Avenue between East 165th Street and Westchester Avenue, around the corner from an active basketball court. Contact her at 646-303-0915or a.vivianblake@gmail.com to help!

Rockaway, Queens - According to Deborah Morris at Housing Preservation and Development, the space at Beach 35th Street between Edgemere Avenue and Sprayview Avenue and at 3421 Edgemere Avenue between Beach 34th and Beach 35th Streetswould be great sites for a temporary space for the community to use as a garden and organizing space for future involvement with the Arverne East development site. This is a green light for neighbors to organize to get access to through the GreenThumb program, as development is not scheduled to start for at least a few years. Do you know any students or teachers at the neighboring schools who would be interested? Let's get organizing!

Lots with Access!
El Puente hosted a meeting this past Tuesday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for several of the gardens in their district to get together, and 596 Acres was there to follow up on a training of the Five Borough Farm Toolkit we did at the last meeting. What did we learn since then? La Casita Verde has diverted 651 lbs of waste from landfill by accepting food scraps for compost between August 3 and 17. Wow! Keep up the good work!

Interested in going to the People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21st but don't have anyone to march with? Join 462 Halsey Community Garden from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn as they let world leaders know we are all serious about climate change. Email462halsey@gmail.com and they'll send you information about the meet-up location!

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 - August 29, 2014

02 September 2014

 

 

 

ribbon cutting: smiling hogshead ranch!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Last Chance!
Visit the Urban Reviewer and our interactive physical map within Spontaneous Interventions' residencynow through Sunday, August 31st from 10 am to 6 pm in Building 403, Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground). Click here for more details and a link to the ferry schedule. You can also take the Urban Reviewer home with you!  Drawing from the essays and contextual material of the Urban Reviewer, we've crafted a gorgeously designed little book that tells the story of Urban Renewal past present and hopeful future in New York City. A deep dive into policy and feelings, into specificity and trepidation. We're sure you'll like it. We're excited to find out what you learn. Click here for more info and how to purchase.

Thanks Aeolians!
Thanks Aeolian Riders for joining us at our Spontaneous Interventions party and raising $560 to support our core land access work in NYC. Check out the pictures from the ride here. Thanks to the musicians Deva Mahal, Jacob Bills and Darryl Specht for bringing sweet sounds, ESPtv for making it louder, Blazing Saddles for loaning us kids bikes, and NY Waterway for the free ferry ride for our inflatable friends.

We'll miss you, Faith!
We've been lucky to have Faith Titilawo with us this summer, an extern from East NY Farms. Read her thoughts and reflections from ten weeks with us. If you'd like to say bye to her on her last day with 596 Acres, she'll be tabling at GreenThumb Annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, September 13th from noon to 4 pm at Little Gems Garden (on Glenmore Avenue between Crystal Street and Fountain Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn). Visit the event page for more details and information on the free shuttle buses from the Bronx!

Save the Dates!
Our next General meeting is next Thursday, September 4th at 6:30 pm at 216 Forbell (at Glenmore Avenue, Brooklyn), a few blocks from the Grant Ave A Train. Right now we're working with 10 organizing groups who are gearing up to present in front of their community boards to earn letters of support. Want to meet other groups and see how they've been navigating the system? Just getting started and want to hear how others have done it? Join us! We're being hosted by BACDYS (Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services) at their future garden space! Contact mary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Head over to Smiling Hogshead Ranch's ribbon cutting happening next Saturday, September 6thfrom 3 to 5 pm at 25-30 Skillman Avenue (at Pearson Place). We'd love to have you join us in congratulating this team of gardeners and farmers who spent two years organizing and now have an agreement with the property owner, the MTA/LIRR! This is #25 in the list of sites 596 Acres has helped access! They'll also be announcing their registration with the NYC Parks Department GreenThumb program and that they're joining the New York City Community Garden Coalition. Please join us and the ranchers for an inauguration ribbon cutting ceremony! Get more details and read about the elected officials that will be present here and join the Facebook event page!

Recapping Vacant Acres
Check out this great report-back of Vacant Acres by Rachel Dobkin, the symposium we held this past April bringing together urban vacant land advocates from around the world. If you attended (or if you didn't and want to share your thoughts!) and can spare five minutes, we'd love to have you fill out this short survey about the event. It's also a great way to stay in touch about a possible Vacant Acres 2015! Click here to read more and see the collected slide presentations and audio recording from the day.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Jamaica, Queens - There's a huge piece of land bordering the North Conduit Highway and across the street from Tudor Park that a few non-profits from the area have their eyes on. We spoke to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and they said a transfer to the Parks Department would be possible if it was requested by Parks. Anyone know other groups interested? Neighbors or block associations? Call Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or email mary@596acres.org.

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbor John is holding a meeting about starting a garden at the lot near his house on East 108th Street - a lot that Housing Preservation and Development said they'd be willing to lend out the community! Meet in front of the lot (174 East 108th between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave)next Wednesday, September 3rd at 5 pm. Bring your ideas! Contact John attriplemgarden@gmail.com with questions.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - The Department of Citywide Administrative Services let us know that the lot at511 Liberty Avenue is "just sitting there" and they would be willing to transfer the property to the Parks Department if they requested it. This is great news for Manny, a neighbor who's been getting signatures from his neighbors and letters of support. Call Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get looped in!

Lots with Access!
Lower East Side, Manhattan - Every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 pm Siempre Verde hosts 'Wormy Wednesdays' at their garden on Stanton Street at Attorney Street. Stop by to learn about worm composting and hang out in the garden! 

Greenpoint, Brooklyn - 61 Franklin held a fundraiser last Thursday night to support their garden education program. The event boasted musicians, cocktails made with garden herbs, and delicious snacks donated generously donated by local farms. Way to go! Check out photos from the event at the garden's Facebook page.

COLLABORATORS
Head over to Rose Red and Lavender (to 653 Metropolitan Ave between Leonard St and Manhattan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) today through Sunday, August 31st from 10 am to 1 pm to take home some free plants that need a little love! Show them this email or just mention that you're a part of the 596 Acres network and you'll also receive 40% off trees and 50% off almost all other things!

GreenThumb is hosting its 9th Annual Harlem Garden Tour this Saturday, August 30th (with a rain date of August 31st). Kicking off at 10 am with breakfast at the J.D. Wilson Garden (219 West 122nd Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem) and ending at 5 pm with a traditional Harlem barbecue at the William A. Harris Garden (153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem) The tour will take in over fifteen of Harlem's green gems. Click here for more information and here to see all of GreenThumb's upcoming events!

Next Saturday, September 6th the Powell Street Community Garden and the Isabahlia Ladies of Elegance Foundation is hosting a free tree giveaway sponsored by the New York Restoration Project! First, register at www.nyrp.org/treegiveaways and then head over to 410 Livonia Ave (at Powell Street, Brownsville, Brooklyn) from 9 am to 11 am. Get going early - it's first come, first serve!

The Brooklyn Queens Land Trust will host its 3rd Annual BQLT Garden Bike Tour on Sunday, September 14th. Explore eleven community gardens throughout Brooklyn. Highlights on the tour will include bees, chickens, a number of rain catchment systems, unique crops, and tips from master gardeners. Meet at 9:30 am in front of Clifton Place Community Garden (1031-35 Bedford Avenue at North 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Click here for more info or to RSVP. Snacks and beverages will be provided along the tour route, and walkers are welcome as well!

The New York Permaculture Exchange and the Park Slope Permaculture Guild are hosting Permafest 2014: "Building Community Resilience". Head over to the Old Stone House (336 Third Street between 4th and 5th Avenues, Park Slope, Brooklyn) on Saturday, September 20th from 12 pm to 8 pm for a full day of skill sharing, kids activities, bartering, live music, a picnic dinner, and a talk about the connection between "Soil, Nutrition & Climate Change" with Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of theBionutrient Food Association. Join the Facebook Event Page!

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 - August 21, 2014

21 August 2014
happy 3rd birthday, 596acres.org!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Tickets are on sale for Mapping Matters, our second ever gala benefit is happening on Thursday, October 2nd at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. This party will include a pig roast, tattoos, a raffle, presentations by City Council Members, a dance party, and more! You don't want to miss it! Get the details and buy your tickets here.

If you didn't get a chance to make it over to Governor's Island this past month, there's still time! We're showcasing our tool, Urban Reviewer, and premiering an interactive physical map within Spontaneous Interventions' residency, which will now continue dailythrough Sunday, August 31st from 10 am to 6 pm in Building 403, Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground). Come say hi - our intern Faith is there to talk with you about policy and geography on Fridays and Saturdays! Click here for more details and a link to the ferry schedule.

Our next General meeting is Thursday, September 4th at 6:30 pm at 216 Forbell (at Glenmore Avenue, Brooklyn), a few blocks from the Grant Ave A Train. Right now we're working with 10 organizing groups who are gearing up to present in front of their community boards to earn letters of support. Want to meet other groups and see how they've been navigating the system? Just getting started and want to hear how others have done it? Join us! We're being hosted by BACDYS (Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services) at their future garden space! Contactmary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Speaking of community boards...
Check out our latest blog post that recaps the we project we did this summer working with seven community boards in districts with the most amount of vacant, public land.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Bushwick, Brooklyn - For a couple of years neighbors heard that the lot at 544 Bushwickwould be transferred to the Parks Department to create a open space and yesterday, it was confirmed! Neighbors are planning to write a letter to the community board this week giving their input on what they'd like to see in their new park. If you live nearby head over to a meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, August 21st between 5:30 and 6:30 pm in front of the lot at the corner where Bushwick Avenue meets Beaver Street. Contact Maria, who runs the non-profit next door, at 718-844-6061 with questions.

Harlem, Manhattan - Live in the Harlem area and wanting to start a project? The Deputy Director of Planning for Housing Preservation and Development in Manhattan has let us know that the lot at 136 West 137th has no plans for development and might be a great spot for a open space project. Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get started!

Tremont, Bronx - Edwin and his uncle are tired of calling the Department of Sanitation to clean up the vacant lot next to their house at 1900 Marmion Ave. Now, he's going to start asking neighbors if they'd like to join him in starting a garden! Want to help? Call914-403-6909 or email Edwin11moya@gmail.com.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Last week we helped connect neighbors Yvonne and Shawana, who are now getting together more neighbors to start a park project on their block. They've got their eyes on 342 Van Siclen and 329 Van Siclen, but will move their organizing to any lot the City is willing to lend them! Contact Shawana to get involved: 347-707-5924.

Lots with Access!
Bushwick, Brooklyn - We got this awesome letter from the organizers who recently got access to the lots at 1278 Myrtle Ave (at the corner of Central Avenue, pictured below!): "It was a wonderful first turn out last Saturday...Everyone was full of openness and possibility and ready to move forward so much so that we moved from our seated meeting to walking the land, observing what is already present there- volunteering future actions, gathering resources, planning meetings for envisioning....Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and know how in pushing this forward at strategic moments… it looks like the neighborhood will take it from here!"

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - El Puente hosted a meeting on July 23rd for several of the gardens in their district to get together and share their successes and struggles of the past year. This included La Casita VerdeGrand Street GardenKeap Fourth Community Garden, and Espiritu Tierra. 596 Acres was there to do a training on measure your garden's successes with the Five Borough Farm Toolkit. (That's one ofPatchen Community Square's huge zucchini pictured at the top of the newsletter on a scale Five Borough Farm provided!) We'll be meeting again on Tuesday, September 2nd to continue the discussion! Email Anusha for a location:avenkataraman@elpuente.us.

Long Island City, Queens - Head over to Smiling Hogshead Ranch's ribbon cutting happening Saturday, September 6th from 3 to 5 pm at 25-30 Skillman Avenue (at Pearson Place). Congratulate this team of gardeners and farmers who spent two years organizing and now have an agreement with the property owner, the MTA/LIRR! The group will also be announcing their registration with the NYC Parks Department GreenThumb program and that they're joining the New York City Community Garden Coalition. Please join us and the ranchers for an inauguration ribbon cutting ceremony! Get more details and read about the elected officials that will be present here.

COLLABORATORS
The New York City Community Garden Coalition's monthly meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, August 21st at 6:30 pm at Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden (Saint Nicholas Avenue between West 117th and 118th Streets) in Harlem. Hear from gardeners from around the city about what's going on in their gardens, update the membership on our ongoing cases, and make new friends!

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!

Bulb registration for New Yorkers For Parks' 2014 Daffodil Project is now open! Bulbs are free for civic organizations, individuals, corporate volunteer groups, schools, and community leaders who commit to planting them in a park or public space such as a schoolyard, street tree pit, NYCHA development, or community garden. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 3rd, at 5:00 pm. To sign up, click here.

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - August 14, 2014

14 August 2014
Intern applications due and a birthday party - Sunday!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

BIRTHDAYS! BIRTHDAYS! BIRTHDAYS! We're celebrating the third birthday of 596acres.org (launched on August 21, 2011) a few days early: Join us for a closing party for our Spontaneous Interventions residency on Governor's Island this Sunday, August 17, 3-6pm at 403 Colonel's Row. See the Urban Reviewer in analogue and digital form, learn more about the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area from a group of students who have been studying it intensively, and welcome theAeolian Riders to their 10th Birthday Party. There will be music, cupcakes, a pinata and free escorted and costumed kids rides on bikes donated by Blazing Saddles. RSVP on facebook or just come. The ferry's only $2 roundtrip and the party is by donation. 

Intern! Applications! Due!
596 Acres is seeking an intern who can work with us 10 hours per week for 10 weeks, September 2 - November 6, 2014.APPLICATIONS DUE SUNDAY at 11:59pm. Click here for more details and how to apply.

Sharing What We Know and Learning From The Best
This week, Paula is at the Unblight Unconference with the Sunlight Foundation, talking about the power of words to shape our cities, the role of data and tools that really work for people to shape where they live. Check out the projects we're chatting with.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Coney Island, Brooklyn - Join Anthony as he advocates for turning this Mermaid Avenue lot into a place for children and adults to grow. This project is ready for your organizing skills!

Jamaica, Queens - The community around this lot would really like a more reasonable basketball court. This one is a mess (it's in the photo below). Since this is land owned by HPD, in order for thiscrucial playspace to see an improvement, a local organization will need to become its steward and then get the resources to fix it up. We bet a grant from the NYC Citizens' Committee would do it. Do you know a local organization that wants to do this? Contact paula@596acres.org. 

Lots with Access!
A little history about La Casita Verde: the Williamsburg II Urban Renewal plan designated these 2 lots for future use as a park. The plan was adopted in 1984, giving the City expanded eminent domain power in this neighborhood, and remains active today. This is a strong argument for a long term multi-use space at this site! We're so glad to have put tools in the organizers hands to make this planners' dream start finally coming true!

BK Rot is hosting their first meeting at their new site at 1278 Myrtle between (between Dekalb Ave and Cedar Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn) this Saturday Saturday August 16th at 3pm. Show up and help this new space get going and give your input! Email sandranurse@riseup.net for more information.

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 - August 7, 2014

07 August 2014

#25!


GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Congratulations to Smiling Hogshead Ranch, who signed a lease with the MTA this past week after two years of organizing, negotiating, and growing in the space at 25-30 Skillman Avenue (at Pearson Place) in Long Island City, Queens. Visit their blog to read about what they grow, how they got started, and upcoming events. Want to check out their space? The Two Row Camp is hosting an overnight camp at the Ranch this Saturday, August 9th, starting at 7 pm with a potluck! Contact smilinghogsheadranch@gmail.com to get the details.

Want to intern with us?
596 Acres is seeking an intern who can work with us 10 hours per week for 10 weeks, September 2 - November 6, 2014. Tasks will include tabling at fun events, putting up signs on vacant lots, helping with follow-up and transcription from the April 22-23 Vacant Acres Symposium, and helping us with our second-ever gala fundraiser (Mapping Matters on October 2 at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO) and more! Click here for more details and how to apply.

We lot labeled in Weeksville, Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens!
Yesterday we headed out to Weeksville, Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens to label a bunch of lots!  The highlight of our adventures was visiting the five lots that sit on Rochester Ave and Suydam Place in Weeksville which were planned as open space way back in 1968! We chatted with neighbors who were excited to hear that they could make this park come true. They're going to start talking to their block association about reaching out to their elected officials to get this thing movin'!

Special thanks to Murray Cox for coming along and taking the beautiful photos at the top and bottom of this newsletter! See them all here!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Leora is the director of a woman's empowerment program that also teams up with GEMS, a non-profit that helps girls who are the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. After a visit to an urban farm in Harlem last year, girls in the program were eager to get gardening. Leora would like to turn the vacant lot on 2803 8th Ave near 149th Street into a garden that can be used by the community and maintained by the GEMS team. Want to help? Email or call Leora and let her know you'd like to go door-to-door with her!:917-337-0147 or leora@goddess-onthego.com.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Manny has lives in his neighbor for 35 years and says the block he lives on could really use a garden. The corner lot at 511 Liberty Ave might be just the spot! Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get connect to Manny.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - We spoke to Housing Preservation and Development and found out that while the lot at821 Willoughby is slated for development in 2017 the plans are vague and this might be a good place to pursue a temporary GreenThumb garden. If you're interested, contact Neha at chhedane@gmail.com  or 917-589-3404 to help organize a meeting!

Lots with Access!
Keap Fourth Community Garden is having a workday session TONIGHT, Thursday, August 7th from 6-8pm. Head over to the corner of Keap Street and Fourth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn help clean up and sow some Fall greens!

Patchen Community Square (Patchen Avenue at Putnam Avenue, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn) is having their monthly meeting this Saturday, August 9th at 11 am. Read the latest on their website about the happenings in the garden.

Harlem Valley Garden needs help! Head over to their workday and BBQ happening this Sunday, August 10th kicking off at 10 am at 97 West 134th St (at Malcom X Blvd, Harlem, Manhattan). Join the Facebook event here.

BK Rot is hosting their first meeting at their new site at 1278 Myrtle between (between Dekalb Ave and Cedar Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn) on Saturday August 16th at 3pm. Show up and help this new space get going and give your input! Email sandranurse@riseup.net for more information.

Know a lot that needs a cleaning?
You can request a lot cleanings for any lot in the city through the Department of Sanitation. It doesn't matter if the lot is publicly or privately owned! Read more 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!

yours,
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - July 31, 2014

01 August 2014
visit urban reviewer on governor's island now through august 17th!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Visit our intern Faith Tiltilawo on Fridays and Saturdays from NOW through August 17th at 596 Acres' residency within Spontaneous Interventions’ on Governor's Island. 596 Acres is premiering the first interactive physical map adaptation (pictures at the top and bottom of this newsletter) all of the urban renewal plans that the City of New York has ever adopted and showcasing the Urban Reviewer, a recently launched online map that shares the past and present of urban renewal in our cities. Read about the project from the perspective of Matt Delsesto, who has been visiting HPD regularly since 2012 gathering the data to make this maphere.

Our intern Mary Bereschka (pictured at the bottom of this newsletter!) handcrafted this beautiful physical map with graphic design by Partner & Partner.
 Go check it out!The exhibition is free, open to the public daily from 10 am to 6 pm at Building 403 on Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground) on Governor's Island. And save the date for a very special closing party on August 17th.

These great photos are courtsey of Greg Mihalko of Partner & Partners. Check out more of them here.

We're lot labeling in Weeksville!
Join us next Wednesday, August 6th at 4 pm for some lot labeling! We'll be meeting at corner of Utica and Fulton, half a block from the Utica A/C Train Station and hanging signs up on vacant, city-owned lots in the surrounding blocks. Contact mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 if you have questions!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Shawana's been wanting to start garden with lawn space in her neighborhood for awhile. She's interested in two corner lots at 342 Van Siclen and at 437 Glenmore, which used to be a garden in the past. If you live in the area and want to help Shawana organize, give her a call at: 347-707-5924.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Mark has lived across from 463 Tompkins for almost 8 years and is excited to realize a community space could be created there - somewhere for seniors to relax and for kids to hang out. He's interested in reinvigorating the momentum that neighbors had for this space last year and wants to hold a meeting this August. Live on the block? Contact Mark at thatartistmark@gmail.com.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Neighbor Pat has over 30 supportive neighbors who all want to participate in a new garden at 687A Hancock Street. Pat's been speaking with GreenThumb and his local community board, Brooklyn CB3, and is about to submit an application!


Lots with Access!
A Small Green Patch (on Bergen St near 4th Avenue, Brooklyn) is holding a general meetingthis Saturday, August 2nd at two times: 12 pm and 4 pm. Learn how you can get involved!


Siempre Verde (at Stanton and Attorney Streets, Lower East Side) is hosting a workshop next Wednesday, August 6th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm on worm bin harvesting and using a new compost app from Green Map. Help the garden harvest its compost and worm bins and as a bonus you will also learn to use Green Map System's fast fun new Mobile Site Collector! The app makes it easy to collect, photograph and chart composting, even in areas without wifi.Pretty neat!

NYC COLLABORATORS

Artfully Unforgotten is a non-profit arts organization that uses art and creativity as a tool to raise awareness and engage under-served communities in social and environmental issues. Their main project, DIG IN ART, is an arts-based program that hosts a series of workshops in areas where household income falls below the median income level. There are no age limits for participants, and workshops can be adapted for people with disabilities! They're currently searching for spaces where they could host their workshops this Fall. If you're in a garden that can help, contact alda@artfullyunforgotten.org.

This Saturday, August 2nd GreenThumb is hosting two awesome workshops! In the Bronx you can attend Radical Woman Creating Resilient Communities, from 10 am to 5 pm at The Point CDC (940 Garrison Avenue at Barretto Street). If you're Brooklyn, head over to Phoenix Community Garden (in the triangle at Fulton and Sommers Streets) for Fall Planting and Season Extension from 11 am to 12:30 pm to learn how to make the most of your garden through the seasons! These workshops are free, but you must RSVP by calling 212-788-8070.

Need legal help?
Got a community land access issue in New York City that might warrant actually suing someone? We'd love to hear about it this month. Our legal program has a volunteer attorney through the end of July who can review your case. Send us a note about your situation: nyclegal@596acres.org.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!


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 - July 24, 2014

24 July 2014
two new gardens in the 596 acres network!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Congratulations, Bushwick!
Yesterday we had some exciting news: Nancy Kohn, Director of NYC Parks GreenThumb, confirmed that 1278 Myrtle Avenue (between Dekalb Avenue and Cedar Street) in Bushwick, Brooklyn was transferred into the jurisdiction of the Parks Department for use as a GreenThumb garden. HURRAY!

Congratulations to BK Rot (that's some of their team, pictured above) who, after two years of organizing, submitted a proposal to GreenThumb this past December and have patiently awaited a response. Before the end of the week the group will be signing an agreement and submitting a list of volunteers to get official access to this string of neglected city-owned properties. Since the land was transferred even before the agreement was signed, neighbors and organizers can comfortably plan for a garden that has a very, very long life.

Congratulations, Harlem!
In April, the organizers for Electric Ladybug Harlem Serenity Garden signed a lease with Housing Preservation and Development and have been working with GreenThumb to get set up. They also recently received a grant from Citizens Committee of New York. Double Congrats!

Yesterday we went lot labeling in Brownsville.
Some highlights:  this beautiful and shady corner lot at 511 Liberty Ave (that's Faith, our intern, labeling it in the photo at the bottom of the newsletter!), a long and skinny lot at 202 Wyona Street that's next door to a daycare center, and this lot at 347 Glenmore, which was once a garden prior to 2002. Know any neighbors?

We're on Governor's Island
Visit our intern Faith most Fridays and Saturdays from July 25th through August 17th at 596 Acres' residency within Spontaneous Interventions’ on Governor's Island. 596 Acres will be premiering the first interactive physical map adaptation all of the urban renewal plans that the City of New York has ever adopted and showcasing the Urban Reviewer, a recently launched online map that shares the past and present of urban renewal in our cities. The exhibition is free, open to the public daily from 10 am to 6 pm at Building 403 on Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground) on Governor's Island. And save the date for a very special closing party on August 17th.


NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbors organizing at 265-269 West 126th Street are super close to getting their license with GreenThumb to turn this Housing Preservation and Development-owned lot into Mandela Park! Next on the agenda: get rid of the concrete! Can you help? If you'd like to volunteer helping the gardeners with removing and hauling, or if you have a great tip for an organization that can help, contact Rene at 917-275-6577 or renecalvo@gmail.com.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - On Tuesday night a few of the folks interested in reactivating the campaign to start a garden at 375 South 5th Street, which was designated as Open Space in the Southside Urban Renewal Plan, met to hash out a work plan. Contact mary@596acres.orgor call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get looped in!

South Bronx - There's a lot at 672 St. Ann's Ave that sits next to a garden association and would be great space to extend. Do you know someone who's a member? You can also reach out to Ismael, a new organizer, about other ideas for a project: izzyq5@gmail.com or 718-781-0608.

Lots with Access!
Keap Fourth Community Garden (at the corner of South 4th Street and Keap Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) is looking for musicians to play for their visiting daycare group on Mondays mornings from 10:30 am to 11 am. This gig pays around $20-30 each session, depending on a donation from parents of $1 per child. Contact tanythb@gmail.com if you're interested.

La Casita Verde (at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Division Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) needs help spreading their soil delivery! Starting Today, July 24th they're hosting workdays each Tuesday and Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Just show up!

NYC COLLABORATORS

Are you growing, local to NYC? Sell to these guys! Nextdoorganics has a strong commitment to sourcing from new, young, urban, and activist farmers and farming groups that are helping transition us into a sustainable hyper-local food system. They can arrange upfront payments with these types of farms to help them get off the ground each season. Two days ago NextDoorOrganics made their first purchase from a New York City growers, Feedback Farms. Awesome!

Next Wednesday, July 30th GreenThumb is hosting Beekeeping 101 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at St. John Cantius Parish (474 New Jersey Ave at Blake Ave, Brooklyn). Learn how hives are built and the basic things you need to know about keeping bees as well as the numerous benefits. Hear about the steps involved in getting trained as a beekeeper and starting a hive of your own. The workshop is free, but you must RSVP by calling 212-788-8070.

The team at We Radiate is looking for a few sites where community composters are interested in testing a new tool that will offer detailed analysis of leading compost indicators based on parameters set by the US Composting Council. If your compost crew wants to test out this tool, contact 462 Halsey Community Garden member  and We Radiate co-founder Shashti atsb2696@gmail.com to schedule a 30-45 minute demonstration and appointment.

Job Opportunity!
The New York City Compost Project hosted by Build It Green is looking for a part-time field assistant. Click here for more details and how to apply.

Need legal help?
Got a community land access issue in New York City that might warrant actually suing someone? We'd love to hear about it this month. Our legal program has a volunteer attorney through the end of July who can review your case. Send us a note about your situation: nyclegal@596acres.org.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!


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 - July 17, 2014

17 July 2014
meet our East New York Farms! extern, Faith

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

TONIGHT, Thursday, July 17th Paula will be presenting Urban Reviewer and discussing 596 Acres as an art and activism practice at Engaging Artists Workshop: ARTIST AS ACTIVIST, hosted by the Artist Volunteer Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street between West 3rd Street and West 4th Street, Manhattan). See you there!

Meet Faith!
Faith, our summer intern through an externship through East New York Farms!, has a passion for food justice and community building. She's worked with the Youth Food Council, Miracle Corners of the World, and Project Bridge. She is starting at Hunter College this Fall and has aspirations to one day become a doctor! Visit Faith most Fridays and Saturdays from July 24th through August 17th at 596 Acres' residencywithin Spontaneous Interventions’ on Governor's Island. 596 Acres will be premiering the first interactive physical map adaptation all of the urban renewal plans that the City of New York has ever adopted and showcasing the Urban Reviewer, a recently launched online map that shares the past and present of urban renewal in our cities. The exhibition is free, open to the public daily from 10 am to 6 pm at Building 403 on Colonel's Row (adjacent to the Parade Ground) on Governor's Island. And save the date for a very special closing party on August 17th.
 
Lot Labeling!
Come labeling lots with us next Wednesday, July 23rd from 3 pm to 6 pm in Brownsville, Brooklyn! We'll be meeting at the C Train's Liberty Avenue Station, at the corner of Pennsylvania and Liberty Avenues. Call Mary at 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

Need legal help?
Got a community land access issue in New York City that might warrant actually suing someone? We'd love to hear about it this month. Our legal program has a volunteer attorney through the end of July who can review your case. Send us a note about your situation: nyclegal@596acres.org.

 
NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES
Brownsville, Brooklyn - Saul and his brother would love to start a garden, maybe at the long block-wide lot on 467 Vermont Street or the lot around the corner tucked into Wyona Street that used to be a garden in the past. Are you a neighbor? Want to help? Call or email Saul at 646-234-5911 or saulzorrilla.c@gmail.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - The lot at 136 West 137th is just waiting for neighbors to organize! We spoke with Ms. Walters, Director of Planning for Housing Preservation and Development for Manhattan, who let us know that there are no plans for development at this space. This is a great opportunity to start a new community space in Harlem!

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn - Stephanie would like to start a garden with children's programs in this 20 by 20 foot lot on Degraw Street that's tucked behind a parking lot. Email Stephanie at stephaniemarden@gmail.com or call 347-661-5883 to get involved!

Lots with Access!
EL Garden is having their open monthly meeting this Saturday, July 19th starting at 3 pm at the garden (120 Jefferson Street at Evergreen Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn). If you can't make the next one but would like to be involved, email el.garden@gmail.com.

Patchen Community Square (Patchen Avenue at Putnam Ave in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn) is having a shed-raising party this Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th and would love volunteers! Read more on their blog and contact 
at Kyle at kyle.twitchell@gmail.com with questions.

La Casita Verde in received over 150 cubic yards of soil from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and 50 cubic yards of compost from the Department of Sanitation! Want to help them spread it all out and meet other gardeners? They're hosting upcoming work days on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in front of the garden (451 Bedford Ave at Division Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn). If these times don't fit into your schedule, contact info@lacasitaverdenyc.org to schedule another time to go by and help out. (Stay tuned: soon the La Casita Verde will be accepting food waste from the neighborhood too!)

NYC COLLABORATORS
TONIGHT, July 17th from 5:30 to 7 pm GreenThumb is hosting a Creative Garden Design and Native Plant Giveaway at Carolina Community Garden (121 East 122nd Street near Park Avenue, Manhattan). Learn how to explore the basic elements and best practices of designing planting spaces. The workshop is free, but you must RSVP by calling 212-788-8070. 


TONIGHT, July 17th from 7 pm to 9 pm the Conference House Association and theConference House Park is hosting a free screening of "Growing Food on Staten Island" by Jay Weichun at the Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park at 298 Satterlee Street, on Staten Island). This documentary on food production on Staten Island features a diverse group of gardeners and will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker following the showing. No need to RSVP, just show up!

The New York City Community Garden Coalition is holding their July general meeting in two locations TONIGHT, Thursday, July 17th at 6:30pm. In Manhattan they'll be meeting at 6BC Botanical Garden, located on the south side of 6th Street between Ave B & C in the East Village. (If it rains, head next door to Sixth Street Community Center, located next door at 638 East 6th Street). In the Bronx, head over to Nos Quedamos, located at 754 Melrose Avenue between 156th & 157th Streets. If you get lost, contact Ana Melendez at 718- 585-2323or amelendez@nosquedamos.org or contact Ray Figueroa at 646-337-1087 or ray@friendsofbrookpark.org.

This Friday, July 18th join the Bringing Art to Life Series will be hosting an evening event at the Powell Street Garden (410 Livonia Avenue between Powell and Junius Streets) from 4 pm to 7 pm. Free music, dancing, and activities for all ages! Contact Sarita Daftary at 718-625-0080 extension 235 or sdaftary@brooklynartscouncil.org with any questions.

Keap Fourth Community GardenGrand Street Community Garden, and La Casita Verde are all new sites in the El Puente Green Light District that 596 Acres helped start in the last year. Check out this awesome video made by El Puente!

Last week 596 Acres attended a meeting of the newly-formed New York City Compost Council hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Department of Sanitation's New York City Compost Project. Are you a community composter in search of your fellow soil-makers? Contact Louise Bruce (lbruce@dsny.nyc.gov) to get added to the growing list! If you'd like to read more about the Ecology Center's composting project and how's it has evolved over the years, read this great article in BioCycle Magazine. We're excited to be working with the New York City Compost Project to bring community composting initiatives (and compost itself!) to your neighborhoods. (That's one of their big piles, pictured below!)

Join Citizens Commitee for New York City for petitioning for allowing local restaurants and businesses to give a portion of their food scraps to local community composting initiatives. How to get started? You and the owners of your favorite restaurants can signthis petition to keep those millions of tons of food scraps in our communities to create rich soil for our plants!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!


Want to host a short film?
Interested in hosting a film short about food or farming in your garden space? Real Food Media Project is looking for spaces to host its Pop-Up Film Festivals. They provide the films, flyers and event toolkit to throw a great screening. Click here to fill out the online form, and you'll be sent the details to access all the free host materials.

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 - July 10, 2014

10 July 2014
we've got an update from every borough!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

TONIGHT, Thursday, July 10th we'll be celebrating our recently launched tool, Urban Reviewer, at OpenPlans' OpenRoof party. Mingle and enjoy learning about over 150 adopted neighborhood master plans of New York City since 1952, many of which are still active today. The event kicks off at 6:30 pm at 148 Lafayette Avenue (in the Penthouse!) between Grand Street and Canal Street. Hope to see you there!

Can't make it tonight? Next Thursday, July 17th Paula will be presenting Urban Reviewer and discussing 596 Acres at Engaging Artists Workshop: ARTIST AS ACTIVIST, hosted by the Artist Volunteer Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street between West 3rd Street and West 4th Street, Manhattan).

Need legal help?
Got a community land access issue in New York City that might warrant actually suing someone? We'd love to hear about it this month. Our legal program has a volunteer attorney through the end of July who can review your case. Send us a note about your situation: nyclegal@596acres.org.

Volunteer opportunity!
Want to volunteer for us by doing a little internet research about tech firms in NYC? We need your help! Even for an hour. Send a note to paula@596acres.org.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

South of the Varrizano-Narrows Bridge, Staten Island - Harry is working on getting the support of his community board to start a community garden at this Department of Citywide Administrative Services lot on Sand Avenue. He's presenting at the Staten Island Community Board meeting on September 18th, so he has plenty of time to get the support of more neighbors and local organizations. Give Harry a call at 347-422-3658 if you'd like to help.

Harlem, Manhattan - After over two years of organizing, neighbors in support of a garden at 227 West 115th Street submitted their GreenThumb application at the end of May. Now they're waiting to hear back that hopefully the Department of Citywide Administrative Services is willing to transfer this piece of land, the Parks Department is willing to accept it, and that GreenThumb will help license this valuable new community space!

Coney Island, Brooklyn - Franco lives near two lots snuggled into the middle of 20th Street near Mermaid Avenue. He's like to start a garden! Call Franco at 347-942-6339 to help plan the first meeting.

Rockaway, Queens - This coming Monday, July 14th 596 Acres is presenting at the Queens Community Board 14 Land Use and Housing Committee meeting. Join us and other organizing groups (357 Beach 43rd and 422 Beach 43rd) as we share what we've learned about land access and get to know the committee's process for earning a letter of support. It's at 7 pm at the Knights of Columbus (333 Beach 90th at Rockaway Freeway).

Lots with Access!
EL Garden is having a workday this Saturday, July 12th starting at 12 pm. They'll be building garden beds, spreading mulch, watering, having fun, and building community! Join the Facebook event here. Like to become an active garden member? Open monthly meetings are every 3rd Saturday of the month at 3 pm. (That's their awesome sign at the top of the newsletter!) If you can't make the next one but would like to be involved, email el.garden@gmail.com.

462 Halsey Community Garden is holding a sign-up for GrowNYC's Fresh Foodbox Program this Saturday, July 12th from 11am to 2:30 pm. For only $10 a week you can pick up fresh, locally grown produce at the garden! Cash, Credit/Debit & EBT accepted!Also at the garden on Sunday, July 13th is a free vegan body-building workshop that will teach you to strengthen your body and emphasize the importance of plant-based nutrition, hosted by a community activist, personal trainer and boxing instructor. Please RSVP by 'joining' the Facebook event.

NYC COLLABORATORS

TONIGHT, July 10th from 5:30 to 7 pm GreenThumb is hosting the workshop "Grow Your Garden Group" at Sunflower Garden (East 137th Street at Cypress Avenue, Bronx). Learn how to create procedures and agreements to create a strong garden and tips for successful events that will draw in new members. You must RSVP!: 212-788-8070.

Join Citizens Commitee for New York City for one of two free workshops they're hosting in Brooklyn this Saturday, July 12th: in East New York from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm you can learn how to build a hoophouse in your community garden, or you can head to Bed-Stuy from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm to learn how to build your own tree guard for your neighborhood street trees! To get more information and RSVP for either event, contact Arif Ullah at aullah@citizensnyc.org or 212-822-9580.

The community-led South Bronx Farmers' Market is open! Every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm through November you can head over to 138th Street and Alexander Avenue to buy local produce. The market accepts SNAP, WIC, EBT and FMNP checks and will soon be participating n NYC's Health Bucks Program. Awesome!

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!

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 - July 3, 2014

03 July 2014
happy 4th of july!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

TONIGHT! Thursday, July 3rd 596 Acres & Rockaway Wildfire will host an Open Community Meeting: Opportunities for Community-Based Vacant Land Projects in Rockaway, a community conversation about how we can influence the immediate use and long-term development of vacant public land on the peninsula. Ever considered a bike park? Trips for Kids will be talking about the steps they took to create a bike park on private land in Williamsburg.  Join us at 7 pm for food (and we'll start the meeting at 7:30 pm) at Arverne Pilgrim Church (74-16 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne).

With the help of a Sunlight Foundation OpenGov Grant, this Fall we'll be creating Living Lots NYC, a faster mapping tool that includes key filters, parcel outlines, community board contact information, information about lots that were planned as “open space” under urban renewal, and more. Read Paula's guest blog piece in OpenGov Voices to see how all the pieces fit together.

Save the date!
We're planning an fundraiser for October 2nd at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. We'd love your thoughts about potential food and beverage sponsors and companies that might want to share some of the glory by sponsoring it. Send a message topaula@596acres.org with your awesome thoughts and connections and mark your calendars now!

In your neighborhood
Ever wondered what's buildable on the lots on your block? The Municipal Art Society of New York created Accidental Skyline, an awesome mapping tool that can show you how tall buildings can 
be built!

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Coney Island, Brooklyn - After gathering the a few more garden members, Minico has submitted a GreenThumb proposal to turn the lot at 2427 Mermaid into a garden that will host nutrition and cooking workshops for youth. We can't wait to have a 596 Acres' General Meeting there once the gates are unlocked!

Edgemere, Queens - Last night neighbors had a meeting in front of the corner lot at 357 Beach 43rd to share the first draft of their proposal for a garden. Organizers Heather and John will be going door-to-door in the coming weeks to get signatures of support and get input about what neighbors want to see in the space. If you'd like to get involved, give John a call at 212-470-3405 or shoot him an email at jcusirramos41@yahoo.com.

Edgemere, Queens - After visiting the meeting at 357 Beach 43rd, we labeled a large, grassy lot at 350 Beach 47th and chatted with neighbors. (That's us pictured at the top and bottom of the newsletter!) Keith who lives across the street would love to grow vegetables and get the nearby daycare involved. He's going to start talking to his neighbors and sharing the proposal of the Beach 43rd group as inspiration!

South Bronx - Neighbor Tanya says, "I am willing to work along side with with you in rejuvenating this lot into something the community can benefit from." Live in the area and want to help this crew of watchers get together to turn the lots at 840 Tinton Avenue into something better? Become an organizer!

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - We spoke to Housing Preservation and Development who let us know that the plans for developing the two nestled in Maujer Street is several years off and unfunded. This is a great opportunity to create a temporary community space! Become an organizer to gather the watchers together and make something happen!

Lots with Access!
After two decades of organizing, GreenSpace on 4th became a reality for neighbors this past November. Check out their website and this recent article from Park Slope Stoop about the group's journey to turn a Department of Environmental Protection-owned site into a community-run native plant garden.

NYC COLLABORATORS

Eminent domain - it's not for making roads and vacant lots any more! Mortgage debt is property, too. Our bravest politicians are going to force banks to sell it using eminent domain and then refinance for people whose debt is more than the homes are worth. Read this article by the New York Observer to learn more.

GreenThumb and the New York Restoration Project are hosting a workshop this Tuesday, July 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Essex Street Community Garden (3030 Fulton Street at Essex Street, Manhattan) on how to properly produce and use finished compost, including how to build a sifter! Materials are limited, you must RSVP to Rebecca at rfitle@nyrp.org or with questions call (212) 333-2552.

Join the NYC Community Composting Council to learn about composting infrastructure in New York City on Tuesday, July 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm. A tour of the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s composting site in East River Park will be followed by a discussion with representatives from the Lower East Side Ecology Center, the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), and WeCare Organics, the contractor that manages DSNY’s municipal composting sites. Meet at the East River Park Environmental Learning Center, located onEast River Park Promenade at Grand Street, Manhattan. To RSVP, click here.

Project Harmony is holding a series of green workshops in uptown community gardens. ThisWednesday, July 9th the JD Wilson Memorial Garden (located at 219 West 122nd Street at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Harlem) is hosting "Sustainable Seedlings" from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Just show up!

Build It Green! Compost and the New York City Compost Project is hosting another Beautify Our Bike Lane event this Wednesday, July 9th from 10 am to 12 pm. Help prepare local tree beds along the Vernon Boulevard bike lane in Long Island City by weeding, cultivating the soil, and amending tree beds with locally made compost and mulch to help them thrive!  Please wear sun protection, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle with you. Water, snacks, gloves, and gardening tools will be provided. RSVP is required, so email compost@bignyc.orgto sign up. Meet at south side of 36th Ave at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens.

Our friends at CaribBeing are hosting an upcoming free family movie series! The first showing is of Akeelah and the Bee on Wednesday, July 9th at Amersfort Park (East 38th Street at Avenue J, Brooklyn). Stay after for by a spelling contest, prizes, and snacks for kids and families! Click here to view the flyer for this and upcoming showings.


 

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!

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 - June 26, 2014

26 June 2014
save the date for october 2nd!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Save the dates!
Next Thursday, July 3rd 596 Acres & Rockaway Wildfire will host an Open Community Meeting: Opportunities for Community-Based Vacant Land Projects in Rockaway, a community conversation about how we can influence the immediate use and long-term development of vacant public land on the peninsula. Join us at 7 pm for food (and we'll start the meeting at 7:30 pm) at Arverne Pilgrim Church (74-16 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne).

We're planning an event for October 2nd in Downtown Brooklyn. We'd love your thoughts about potential food and beverage sponsors and companies that might want to share some of the glory by sponsoring it. Send a message to paula@596acres.org with your awesome thoughts and connections and mark your calendars now!

In the News
On Monday we were on WFUV with 462 Halsey Community Garden! If you missed us on 90.7FM, you can listen online here.

Special thanks to Technical.lyCityLabPlanetizen and TechPresident for publishing some great press about our recently launched UrbanReviewer. We're looking forward to how New Yorkers use this information, especially in the 62 areas with active urban renewal plans!

Community Land Access Network
Curious what's happening with community land access in other cities? Check out this article about 3000 Acres, our friends down in Melbourne, Australia.

In an article published by the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, our colleague Amy Laura Cahn at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia examines the history, present and future of a neighborhood demolished through "renewal" in Philadelphia: Eastwick, the largest urban renewal site in the USA, ever. Read it here.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Edgemere, Queens - Neighbors are holding a meeting next Wednesday, July 2nd at 5:30 pm in front of the corner lot at 357 Beach 43rd to talk about the possibility of turning it into a new growing space. If you live in the area, join us! Give John a call at 212-470-3405 or shoot him an email at  jcusirramos41@gmail.com if you have questions.

Harlem, Manhattan - Manhattan Community Board 10's Parks Committee has given their support for the creation of a garden at 109 West 126th Street. Next the Executive Committee will discuss and hopefully give a letter of support... Fingers crossed!

Harlem, Manhattan - The future Mandela Park on West 126th Street received unanimous support from the Executive Committee of Manhattan Community Board 10! They now have everything they need to submit their application to GreenThumb! This new space should have its gates open in no time!

Bushwick, Brooklyn - A neighbor let us know that former plans for construction at 821 Willoughby are hazy and Housing Preservation and Development (who owns the lot) would be willing to consider a GreenThumb license. There's a new organizer ready to move forward! If you live in the area, give Vanessa a call at 347-813-9438 or email her at urena.vanessa@gmail.com.

Brownsville, Brooklyn - This huge lot on Sommers Street was planned as open space in the Saratoga Square plan. Any neighbors looking to turn this lot into something special? Give us a call or email at 718-316-6092 ext 3 or organizers@596acres.org.

Lots with Access!
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - A few weeks ago 100 Quincy Community Garden had a visit from a class at Co-op School on Irving Place (that's them at the bottom of the newsletter!) who helped raise some chickens for the garden. They visited the mama hens that laid the eggs the classed helped hatch, and they'll be back again soon to visit the chicks once they're back in the coop.

NYC COLLABORATORS

East New York Farms! (in collaboration with Cypress Hills Local Development CorporationNYRP, and GreenThumb) is giving a free public tour of 5 community gardens this Saturday, June 28th from 10 am to 12 pm! Come hear about diverse neighbors sowing the seeds of community in almost two dozen lively gardens. Honey, fruit, chickens, vegetables, and more await! Meet inside the UCC Youth Farm (600 Schenck Avenue between Livonia and New Lots Avenue). Contact Daryl at 718-649-7979 or daryl@eastnewyorkfarms.org.

Learn how to keep trees happy and healthy with the NYC Compost Project's BeautifyOur Bike Lane Street Tree Stewardship in Long Island City, hosted by Build It Green!NYC this Saturday, June 28th from 10 am to 12 pm. They'll be weeding, cultivating the soil, and amending tree beds with locally made compost and mulch to help them thrive, and will provide water, snacks, gloves, and gardening tools. All ages welcome with adult accompaniment. RSVP to compost@bignyc.org. Don't forget your sunscreen, water bottle, and closed-toe shoes! Meet outside of Socrates Sculpture Park at the opening at Broadway and Vernon Blvd in Long Island City.

Check out the first free screening of Living Rockaways: 3 Stories, a series of short documentaries that celebrate life in the Rockaways and examine challenges for the future, on Monday, June 30th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Far Rockaway Library (1637 Central Ave at Mott Ave). The films were directed and produced by Hunter College graduate students in collaboration with Rockaway Wildfire, a coalition of the 6 Rockaways NYCHA Developments with Community Voices Heard, and other Rockaway residents, businesses and community groups. Join the Facebook event and read more about each short story.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!

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 - June 19, 2014

19 June 2014
introducing urban reviewer

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

We're super excited to introduce Urban Reviewer, New York City’s first detailed digital map of master plans from 1949 to the present that we created in collaboration with SmartSign andPartner & Partners. The tool details over 150 plans for top-down neighborhood redevelopment, which have affected more than 15,000 lots throughout the five boroughs since the start of the Urban Renewal era.

For almost two years, our dedicated volunteer team of researchers, urban planners, designers and other experts have been working with us to gather all the paper plans from NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and a few secondary sources produced by NYC Government offices. From neighborhoods demolished under eminent domain to open spaces that were never developed, the searchable map allows users to learn more about their neighborhoods in a changing city over the past 65 years.

Search your address, zip code, or filter by a New York City mayor office term. The map also connects all the of currently vacant publicly owned lots that were created through the adoption of a master plan with their corresponding page on the 596 Acres' site! Share your findings and the actions that result from using Urban Reviewer with urbanreviewernyc@gmail.com.

In Harlem this Saturday
GreenThumb's Annual Summer Festival is this Saturday, June 21st from 10 am to 4 pm at the Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater in Harlem, located on West 120th Street between Lenox and Madison. The event will also be filled with live music as well as workshops on canning, birdhouse building, and more! And we'll be there! If you haven't had a chance to pick up our new A New York City Advocate's Guide to Land Access, we'll have plenty to go around.

On the Radio
This past Tuesday, Paula was on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC, joined by Aziz Dehkan, Executive Director of the New York City Community Garden Coalition and Steve Frillman,Executive Director of Green Guerillas. Missed it? Have a listen here.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

South Bronx -  On Monday night at the Bronx Community Board 3 meeting we met Patricia, who would love to see this lot at 959 Home Ave near her home turned into a combination garden and play space. Do you live nearby? Do you remember the garden that lived there before? Become a watcher or organizer to stay updated and leave a note!

Flatbush, Brooklyn - This Saturday, June 21st at 2 pm neighbors organizing around the future Q Gardens are holding a bake sale and tree pit beautification event on East 18th Street between Church Avenue and Caton Avenue. They'll be putting up tree guards, laying mulch, planting, and selling delicious treats to raise money for their current and future block projects! Anne at 503-866-7195 (se habla español) or email qgardensinfo@gmail.com.

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - We met Pat a few weeks ago while labeling this lot on Hancock near Patchen Avenue. Already he's got a list of neighbors who are supportive of a garden, and is going to reach out to Brooklyn Community Board 3 to get on their agenda for a Fall meeting. In the meantime, he'd love to hear from more neighbors who can help him draw up a plan for the space! Give Pat a call at 718-598-4408.

Weeksville, Brooklyn - Teachers and parents from PS.335 / Grandville T. Woods have over 100 signatures of supportive parents and neighbors to turn the little corner lot at 1662 Bergeninto a school and community garden. Next stop: finishing their proposal and arranging a meeting with Brooklyn Community Board 8's Parks Committee!

South of the Varrizano-Narrow bridge, Staten Island - Harry is a Staten Island resident and long time GreenThumb gardener. Now's he's trying to create a new growing space on Sand Lane near Cedar Ave. On Tuesday night he spoke in front of Staten Island Community Board 2 and waiting to hear if they'll write a letter of support. Contact mary@596acres.org or 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get connected with Harry!

Cityline, Queens - We're thrilled to see a profile of Misba from BACDYS, the group organizing around this MTA-owned property, in the fourth installment of Stories of Brooklyn Insights. This installment features the growing Bangladeshi community in East New York and "one local leader's efforts to help immigrant families navigate their new home while building bonds across cultures with their fellow Brooklynites". Read it here!

Lots with Access!
Bushwick, Brooklyn - Join EL Garden (120 Jefferson Street between Central Avenue and Evergreen Avenue) for their monthly meeting this Saturday, June 21st from 3 pm to 4:30pm. Learn how get involved and help shape the future of this community garden. (Pictured below is a few of their cutest young members!)

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Head over to Patchen Community Square (on Patchen Avenue at Putnam Avenue) on Sundays from 12 pm to 3 pm to drop off your compost with a designated compost member who can weigh it and add it to the pile! To find out what you should and shouldn't bring, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. (Also, take a look at their newly installed sod that they picked up for free last weekend after 596 Acres shared a resource!)

NYC COLLABORATORS

The New York City Community Garden Coalition is meeting TONIGHT Thursday, June 19thfor a general meeting to discuss updates and hear a recap of the fundraiser! It will be held at the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden (located at 219 West 122nd Street in Harlem) at 6:30 pm.

The New York City Housing Authorit's (NYCHA) Garden and Greening Program is seeking to hire a project consultant to work with resident gardeners at Beach 41st Street Houses in Rockaway, Queens. This is a part-time position to last over the next five months - perfect for someone with a background in community organizing, gardening, horticulture, and natural resource management. For a detailed job description or to send any inquiries, email Lee Trotman at lee.trotman@NYCHA.nyc.gov.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!

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 - June 13, 2014

13 June 2014
This land IS our land. 

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

This spring, we're visiting the community boards in the seven districts with the most vacant public land to share our New York City Advocate's Guide to Community Land Access and printed maps with information we've gathered about where the land is in their districts and who is organizing. The New York Community Trust has supported our staff and volunteer cartographer Joseph LeGrand made the maps. The board members have been incredibly grateful and receptive; we're looking forward to more neighbor-led change in the neighborhoods that need it most this summer!
 
On Monday, Paula testified before New York City Council about how data, information and inaccessible government records impact all our work liberating the commons. See or read her testimony here and support the OpenFOIL law that will require city agencies to be much more transparent in how they process requests from all of us to look at their records!

On Wednesday, 596 Acres helped the Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation get community approval to request a study for Edgemere and Arverne. These two neighborhoods have the highest concentration of vacant public land in the city. The study will document existing conditions in the area and serve as the basis for local organizations and their supporters to request funding from New York State for community-based planning for all this vacant land. We hope that the Brownfield's Opportunity Program will be added back into the State budget- we need it to reopen so that a consensus-driven and collaborative process can truly begin. In the meantime, we'll be keeping our eye on theEdgemere Urban Renewal Plan from 2008: a representative of Housing Preservation and Development announced at the meeting that it will be updated soon. 

Press
The City Atlas wrote a great profile of 596 Acres this week and Deserted NYC profiled two sites organized through our information, facilitation and network of New Yorker making a difference: a lot in Coney Island that will be a garden soon and the Vinegar Hill Community Garden

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Lower East Side, Manhattan - Join organizers Santos, Nicole and Ariel in liberating this little piece of East 3rd Street. There are so many better things than just grass behind a fence! Let's dream about them. Contact information for the organizers is on the lot's page. 
 
Edgemere, Queens - We put signs on vacant city-owned lots in Edgemere last week and got some calls from neighbors almost immediately! One call was from a daycare provider who wants to help turn this Beach 43rd Street lot into a play space for people of sizes. Watch the lot or become an organizer here to join her.

Intervale, Bronx - Join organizers at this lot on Tinton and East 160th to rally the community for a healthy open space. Call or email Kesha: 6463515514 / electriccamp@gmail.com.

Columbia Waterfront District, Brooklyn - Neighbors are meeting today at 6pm to finalize a presentation to Community Board 6 about transforming this awesome corner lot into a community space. Join them! Contact michelle@michelleocampo.com.

Weeksville, Brooklyn - Our friends at Green City Force labelled 319 Saratoga (a lot owned by Housing Preservation and Development) last week. Check them out at work in the photos on the lot's page and if you're in the neighborhood, get involved!

Brownsville, Brooklyn - Join organizer and neighbor Alex in his application to become a steward of this neglected City-owned lot on Thatford & Riverdale that is being transferred to the Parks Department. Alex came to our General Meeting last week and described how he's been watching this empty lot his whole life. This is an opportunity to create a space that will be a resource for a very long time to come! Call or email Alex: 3479225285 / alexfigueroa1@live.com.

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Has anything happened on this lot on Maujer Street? The deed is still with the city and the Department of Finance is still billing HPD. It's been nearly two years since our last inquiry; at that time housing seemed to be coming soon... Any neighbors want to walk by or give the agency a call?  

Lots with Access!
Crown Heights, Brooklyn - A garden on Albany & Herkimer that needs some design help! We met some of the gardeners at last week's forum with Brooklyn Community Board 3 and GreenThumb and they asked us to reach our awesome network. Want to help them come up with a plan for raised beds and community space? Contact dredless@yahoo.com and tell her 596 Acres sent you!

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn - La Casita Verde in South Williamsburg at the corner of Bedford and Division Ave, is looking for volunteers to help shovel and build out the space! Today June 13 through next week they are building a concrete pad and accepting truck loads of soil from the city and could use all the helping hands they can get! Stop by even for an hour and/or forward to people you think might be interested: no experience necessary, work gloves provided. Work will take place everyday from 9am-5pm. Feel free to call or email Brooke before you head over: 917 939 5865 / bsingnyc@gmail.com. 451 Bedford Ave.

NYC COLLABORATORS

Congratulations to our friends at the New York City Community Garden Coalition for an inspiring fundraising dinner on Tuesday night andsuccess in court on behalf of the Boardwalk Community Garden on Tuesday morning (that's the team in front of Kings County Supreme Court in the photo below). If you're a gardener or a garden member, you should join this citywide grassroots organization that exists to protect existing gardening opportunities. Nothing in the city lasts forever but the NYCCGC is an amazing force for making gardens last a very long time. 

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!

This Saturday, you can literally make your green greener - pick up free SOD (that's sheets of grass) at the end of the Northside Festival in North Williamsburg: at 5:30pm on Bedford Ave between North 4th and North 10th. 

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, asking forgiveness for the tardiness, 
596 Acres 

News From the Acres - June 5, 2014

05 June 2014
tonight: general meeting!

GREEN WARRIORS UNITED

Join us TONIGHT, Thursday, June 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for our 596 Acres' General Meeting! We'll be at Powell Street Garden in Brownsville, located at 410 Livonia between Powell and Junius. (You can take the 3 Train to Junius or the L Train to Livonia Ave). Come meet folks from other blocks in the neighborhood who are working on land access campaigns! We'll be sharing stories and guidance! Contact mary@596acres.orgor 718-316-6092 ext 3 with questions.

In the middle of 2012 we hung a sign on the lot at South 4th and Keap Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and started talking with neighbors. Today, it's the bustling Keap Fourth Community Garden for residents and the daycare center next door to enjoy. Yesterday we celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony (pictured above!) hosted by GreenThumb, joined by the Nancy Kohn, Director of GreenThumb and by Parks Deputy Commissioner Larry Scott Blackmon.

NEWS FROM THE ORGANIZING ACRES

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Yesterday we hung a sign on the lot at Hancock Street between Malcolm X Blvd and Patchen Ave and met Pat, a neighbor who came over to say hi. This morning he spoke to Housing Preservation and Development (who owns the lot) who let him know that there aren't any plans for construction! He's going to start collecting signatures from everyone on the block and inviting them to join him in creating a vision for the space. Email mary@596acres.org or call 718-316-6092 ext 3 to get connected with Pat.

Harlem, Manhattan - Thehbia Walter of Housing Preservation and Development in Manhattan let us know that there are no pending plans for development at 137 West 136th Street and that a conversation with GreenThumb should begin. Awesome! If you live nearby, reach out to Seth, a local chef and gardener to start planning: johnson.t.seth@gmail.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - Neighbors organizing a garden to be created at 109 West 126th Street are heading to the Manhattan Community Board 10 Parks and Recreation Meeting next Wednesday, June 11th at 6:30 pm 215 West 125th Street in the 3rd floor conference room. If you'd like to attend to show your support, contact Tamika at 845-380-4050 or tamika.l.mapp@gmail.com.

Harlem, Manhattan - The group organizing for the future Mandela Park at 265 West 126th Street will also be attending the Manhattan Community Board 10 Parks and Recreation Meeting next Wednesday, June 11th at 6:30 pm at 215 West 125th Street in the 3rd floor conference room. When you sign in and write that your purpose is to support Mandela Park! You can also send direct letters of support to the Parks and Recreation Chair Karen Ann Horry at mrshorry@yahoo.com and to the CB10 Board Chair Stanley Gleaton at stanley@perryassociatesrealty.com. Please also contact Rene at renecalvo@gmail.com with any letters of support in PDF form, or to sign up for the group's email newsletter.


Lots with Access!
100 Quincy Community Garden (Quincy at Franklin Ave, Brooklyn) is having a BBQ and informational event this Saturday, June 7th. From 10:30 am to 11 am there will be a demo on accessing the nearby fire hydrant, and from 11 am to 11:30 am there will be a composting workshop incorporating games for kids. Right after the grill will be fired up! Bring dishes and snacks to share. All are welcome! (This past week 100 Quincy also received the generous gift of compost from The Department of Sanitation and the New York City Compost Project with help from the 596 Acres network. Special thanks to Build It Green! Compost staff, pictured at the bottom of this newsletter, for delivering it!)

The South Brooklyn Children's Garden (at the corner of Sackett and Columbia, Brooklyn) is holding a worm festival this Saturday, June 7th from 11 am to 1 pm (with a rain date of Sunday, June 8th). Come celebrate worms and composting, and check out the garden. Live music will start around noon!


NYC COLLABORATORS

GreenThumb is holding its Summer Supply Giveaway this Saturday, June 7th from 10 am to 2 pm at their Long Island City Compound located at Queens Plaza South and 10th Street, Queens. Note: this giveaway is only for registered GreenThumb gardens. More details here.

The NYC Compost Project and Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sproutfest is this Saturday, June 7th from 10 am to 6 pm at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Avenue). Throughout the day NYC Compost Project’s Master Composters will be turning compost piles and sifting finished compost at the Compost Demonstration Site.  Kids can dig for worms, insects and centipedes as they learn more about the compost critters that food scraps into ‘black gold’! This event also celebrates 100 years of children’s gardening at BBG at Sproutfest!

Have the trees linking your block been looking a little down? The Lower East Side Ecology Center is holding their Tree Care Workshop and Workday next Tuesday, June 10th from 3 pm to 6 pm at 3725 10th Avenue, Manhattan. Learn why trees are important to NYC and learn techniques to care for street trees. To register, emailinfo@lesecologycenter.org.

GREEN FOR YOUR GREEN
Reminder! 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. If you'd like to help us keep this list current and up to date, contact organizers@596acres.org. Thanks in advance and good luck on your applications!

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