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In Community Gardens, a New Weed?
The New York Times | Michael Tortorello | February 11, 2015

After a Year of Adoptions, Orphaned Lots Bloom
The New York Times: Green Blog | Emma Bryce | October 17, 2012

Non-profits helping New Yorkers turn abandoned lots into community gardens
NY Daily News | Ginger Adams Otis | July 4, 2015

‘There’s land if you want it’: how a hand-drawn map is transforming vacant lots in Brooklyn
The Guardian: Cities | Mariana Mogilevich, Ben Campkin and Rebecca Ross | December 12, 2014

Digging Together: NYC’s Community Gardens
The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC) | June 17, 2014

Trickery, Fraud and Deception 
There Goes the Neighborhood (WNYC) | April 13, 2016

Rescatan lotes vacíos para comunidad
El Diario | Carolina Ledezma | May 23, 2012

Finding the Value of a Vacant Lot by Tapping into Neighborhood Memory
NextCity | Oscar Perry Abello | December 1, 2015

34 Community Gardens Saved from Demolition After City Makes Them Parks
DNAinfo | Camille Bautista | December 31, 2015

Publications By 596 Acres’ Founder Paula Z. Segal

Re-Imagining Local Public Space, From Parks to Post Offices
The Leap | Paula Segal | February 7, 2017

From Open Data to Open Space: Translating public information into collective action (PDF)
Urban Agriculture Magazine | Paula Z. Segal | September 2016

Tax Delinquent Private Property and City Commons
The City as Commons: a Policy Reader | Paula Z. Segal | 2016

Open Data and City Commons
The City as Commons: a Policy Reader | Paula Z. Segal | 2016

City Giving Away Land With Little Public Discussion
City Limits | Paula Z. Segal | June 14, 2016

Skin the City
The Nature of Cities | Paula Z. Segal and Daniel Eizirik | July 27, 2016

Stop the Tax Lien Sales That Will Destroy Community Gardens
City Limits | Paula Z. Segal | May 10, 2016

From Open Data to Open Space: Translating Public Information Into Collective Action
Cities and the Environment | Paula Z. Segal | Vol. 8: Iss. 2, Article 14 (2015)

596 Acres
Beautiful Solutions | Paula Z. Segal | November 20, 2014

2014 MAS Summit for NYC: Paula Segal of 596 Acres (video)
Municipal Art Society | October 30, 2014

OpenGov Voices: How 596 Acres Is Opening Up Vacant Lots Data
Sunlight Foundation | Paula Z. Segal | July 3, 2014

Flowers Follow
Shelterforce | Paula Z. Segal | February 2013

Reclaiming Unused Urban Space
World Policy Blog: Arts Policy Nexus | Paula Z. Segal | September 28, 2012

Room to Grow Something
Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Design of Public Space | Paula Z. Segal |  New Village Press 2012

Sao Paulo, Brasil
Occupy Writers | Paula Z. Segal | October 19, 2012

A More Inclusive Democracy: Challenging Felon Jury Exclusion in New York
New York City Law Review | Paula Z. Segal | 2010

Archive 2011-2017

2017

Tax Lien Sale Threatens Hundreds of NYC Nonprofits
Next City | Oscar Abello | March 24, 2017

Exploring urban resilience in practice: a century of vacant sites mapping in Dublin, Edinburgh and Philadelphia (GroundedInPhilly.org)
Journal of Urban Design | Philip R. Crowe & Karen Foley | March 6, 2017

Re-Imagining Local Public Space, From Parks to Post Offices
The Leap | Paula Z. Segal | February 7, 2017

DATA AND THE CITY: How Can Public Data Infrastructures Change Lives in Urban Regions? (PDF)
Open Knowledge International | Jonathan Gray & Danny Lammerhirt | January 2017

Opinion: City Must Remove Nonprofits from Tax Lien Sale
Gotham Gazette | Richard Semegram | January 6, 2017

2016

Mapping Tool Aims to Keep Public Spaces Public (NYCommons.org)
Next City | Oscar Abello | December 21, 2016

City’s Plans for Public Land in Housing Push Come Under Scrutiny
City Limits | Abigail Savitch-Lew | November 10, 2016

For Sale: Nonprofits
Urban Omnibus | D.W. Gibson | November 9, 2016

Building Power in Local Parks
The Villager | Michael Ossorguine | August 4, 2016

The Green Team: Making Space in New York City
Metropolis | Grace Lo | March 24, 2016

America, The Unaffordable
The Nation | DW Gibson | March 17, 2016 (April 11-18, 2016 issue)

‘Ranch on Rails’ Floated as New Plan to Reuse Old Tracks in LIC
DNAinfo | Jeanmarie Evelly | February 17, 2016

Community Power Growing in a Garden
CUNY School of Law Public Square | February 1, 2016

Community Gardens Imperiled by New York’s Affordable Housing Plans
The New York Times | Sarah Maslin Nir | January 22, 2016

Reclaiming Vacant Public Land Through Design
Hyperallergic | Allison Meier | January 8, 2016

Gowanus Community Garden Saved From Development
DNAinfo | Leslie Albrecht | January 5, 2016

Brooklyn Community Gardeners React to DeBlasio Admin. Deal
City Limits | Cole Rosengren | January 4, 2016

2015

34 Community Gardens Saved from Demolition After City Makes Them Parks
DNAinfo | Camille Bautista | December 31, 2015

Finding the Value of a Vacant Lot by Tapping into Neighborhood Memory
NextCity | Oscar Perry Abello | December 1, 2015

3 Beloved Brooklyn Community Gardens Win Important Victories
Gothamist | Nathan Tempey | November 18, 2015

How a Gentrification Scam Threatens New York’s Community Gardens
The Nation | DW Gibson | October 20, 2015

Non-Profits Helping New Yorkers Turn Abandoned Lots into Community Gardens
NY Daily News | Ginger Adams Otis | July 4, 2015

6 tech groups building a better Brooklyn
Technical.ly Brooklyn | Ross Maghielse | February 24, 2015

In Community Gardens, a New Weed?
The New York Times | Michael Tortorello | February 11, 2015

2014

‘There’s land if you want it’: how a hand-drawn map is transforming vacant lots in Brooklyn
The Guardian: Cities | Mariana Mogilevich, Ben Campkin and Rebecca Ross | December 12, 2014

Losing the Plot
BKLYNR | Maggie Astor | December 11, 2014

8 Inspiring Documentaries Exploring the Sharing Movement
Shareable | Lares Feliciano | November 10, 2014

Mapping New York’s Vacant Lots to Use Them to Create a More Vibrant City
Fast Company | Zoe Mendelson | November 10, 2014

How You Can Turn New York City’s Vacant Lots Into Community Gardens
DNAinfo | Jeanmarie Evelly | September 24, 2014

Housing Plan Targets Vacant Lots, Some Neighbors Leery
CityLimits | Adam Wisnieski | September 24, 2014

Mapping Matters Benefit for 596 Acres
NYC Foodscape | September 19, 2014

Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in One Place
CityLab (from The Atlantic) | Sarah Goodyear | June 25, 2014

Digging Together: NYC’s Community Gardens
The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC) | June 17, 2014

Vacant Lots into Gardens: A Profile of 596 Acres
City Atlas | Devon Kennedy | June 6, 2014

This Land Is Your Land, Under an Oligarchy
Brian Lehrer TV (CUNY Television) | April 21, 2014

2013

Empowering Communities for Land Access: Paula Segal, Executive Director and Legal Director of 596 Acres
City Land | Jennifer Baek | November 26, 2013

Pretty vacants: Urban communities fill empty lots with gardens, skate parks, and creative possibility
GristChristopher Weber | October 15, 2013

K(no)w Vacancy: From NY to PA, Urban Land Maps Support Reclaiming Abandoned Lots
Civil Eats | Adrien Schless-Meier | July 26, 2013

Vacant public space up for grabs in NYC?
Starring NYC | Jessica Mullin | May 20, 2013

How One Nonprofit Scales the Fences of Hundreds of Acres of Publicly Owned Land
GOOD | Deena Shanker | April 15, 2013

How We Connect: Bridging the Gap Between Neighborhoods Through Public Land
Rooflines | Jodi Weinberger | April 2, 2013

Место по требованию: Как в Нью-Йорке легально оккупируют пустые пространства
UrbanUrban | Ekaterina Levitskaya  | January 10, 2013

Vacant-land organizing in Philly going social with NYC’s 596 Acres
City Paper | Samantha Melamed | January 7, 2013

Reclaiming the commons for urban transformation (PDF)
Journal of Cleaner Production | Natalia Radywyl and Che Biggs | January 5, 2013

2012

After a Year of Adoptions, Orphaned Lots Bloom
The New York Times: Green Blog | Emma Bryce | October 17, 2012

CB3 Supports Gardening in Vacant Stanton and Attorney Street Lots
Bowery Boogie | October 15th, 2012

596 Acres Finds And Labels Lots
The Wave | Nicholas Briano | September 7, 2012

596 Acres Uses Thought-Provoking Signage to Notify New Yorkers to Take Back Their Public Land
Inhabitat | Ayasha Guerin | September 6, 2012

596 Acres — Organizing the Organizers to claim public land
Bubble Up Change | Ilyse Kazar | September 6, 2012

596 Acres
Spontaneous Interventions | August 2012

Spontaneous Interventions: Information
Neighborland | August 30, 2012

CUNY Law Alum Paula Segal and Brooklyn’s 596 Acres
CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform Blog | Rebecca Bratspies | August 20, 2012

Spontaneous Interventions #1 to #16
Architect | August 9, 2012

How to turn a scuzzy vacant lot into a green oasis
Brokelyn | Sarah Barrett | August 1, 2012

Open Spaces
Makeshift | Bruce Wallace | Summer 2012

596 Acres: community urban empowerment
TYTHEblogEllie Wendell | July 27, 2012

Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City
Five Borough Farm | July 2012

Brownfields or Vacant Lots In Your Life?
City AtlasJeff Kasper | July 12, 2012

Claim this land!
EV Grieve | July 9, 2012

Green My Favela and 596 Acres
Social Media Workgroup | July 7, 2012

Mapeando recursos ociosos en la ciudad
Ciudades a escala humanaManu Fernandez | July 5, 2012

Jardins urbanos no Rio, em Paris e Nova York
Globo | Karine Tavares & Paulo Thiago de Mell | June 17, 2012

Lots of Opportunity
Edible Brooklyn | Rachel Nuwer | June 14, 2012

Project to reclaim city-owned spaces expands to Manhattan and Queens
The New York World | Yolanne Almanzar | June 14, 2012

Let Us Now Praise Vacant Lots
On the Commons | Jay Walljasper | June 9, 2012

Rescatan lotes vacíos para comunidad
El DiarioCarolina Ledezma | May 23, 2012

596 Acres: Brooklyn Review
Brooklyn Independent Television (BRIC TV) | May 21, 2012

Growing on Vacant Brooklyn Lots, Reclaiming Public Space
Metrofocus | John Farley | May 16, 2012

Green Acres
Design Mind | Ernest Beck | May 13, 2012

Making Use of Vacant Lots in Brooklyn
CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities BlogOksana Mironova | May 13, 2012

The Hot Seat: Eric Brelsford
Brownstoner | May 11, 2012

Ocupe terrenos baldios!
Paisagem Fabricada | Thiago Carrapatoso | May 3, 2012

Turning Unused Acres Green
The New York TimesJohn Leland | April 27, 2012

596 Acres – Awesome NYC’s April Grant
The Awesome Foundation | April 27, 2012

Reverdeciendo los pocos espacios vacíos en Los Sures
El DiarioCarolina Ledezma

Floresta: Green Light District Update
The Greenpoint Gazette | Peter Lang-Stanton | April 27, 2012

462 Halsey Community Garden Celebrates Grand Opening
Bed-Stuy Patch | C. Zawadi Morris | April 26, 2012

Last night, Mayor Bloomberg announced the winners of NYC BigApps 3.0
NYC GOV tumblr | April 18, 2012

New York Projects Aim to Make the City More Sustainable
National Geographic News Watch | Nicole Glass | April 17, 2012

Changing Brooklyn One Acre at a Time
The Epoch Times | Kristen Meriwether | March 27, 2012

No vacancy: Unleashing the potential of empty urban land
Grist | Sarah Goodyear | March 27, 2012

596 Acres Helps NYC Communities Reclaim Vacant Lots and Transform Them Into Gardens
Inhabitat | Lori Zimmer | February 16, 2012

The King Street Lots in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York
Garden Design | Laura Harmon | January 16, 2012

Paula Segal envisioned New York as the city for grown-ups
All That We’ve Met | Pauline Pechin | January 2, 2012

2011

Policies for a Shareable City #9: Recreational Spaces
Shareable | Sustainable Economies Law Center | November 10, 2011

Underwater homes: A visual guide to NYC’s future floods
Grist | Greg Hanscom | October 21, 2011

The resourceful city, part 2: Reprogramming space
Boston Society of ArchitectsScott Burnham | October 13, 2011

More Cool Highlights From Maker Faire New York 2011
Treehugger | Bonnie Hulkower | September 25, 2011

Concrete Jungle
ioby Blog | August 11, 2011

596 Acres Wants The City To Do Something Useful With Our Unused Land
Fast Company | Morgan Clendaniel | July 25, 2011

Plants Conquer Vacant Lots
SHFT | July 19, 2011

Awards and Recognition

2016

AshokaAshoka Fellowship
Founder and Director Paula Segal was named an Ashoka Fellow. The Ashoka Fellowship identifies and elects leading social entrepreneurs and provides support, community, collaboration opportunities and recognition. Read more at Ashoka United States.

2015

Reviewing Renewal exhibition at Queens Museum
596 Acres was invited to exhibit its research on urban renewal at the Queens Museum in early 2015. Reviewing Renewal reached more than a thousand attendees over five weeks of programs.

Buckminster Fuller ChallengeBuckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist
The Living Lots® framework was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Fuller Challenge.

2014

Planetizen Top WebsitesCartoUrban Reviewer accolades
Urban Reviewer was selected as a Planetizen Top 10 Website of 2014 and a CartoDB Map of the Week.

Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City
In October 2014, Paula Z. Segal was invited to speak at the Municipal Art Society of New York’s Summit for New York City.

Buckminster Fuller Institute Catalyst Program
Living Lots took part in the Buckminster Fuller Institute Catalyst Program in 2014.

2013

Montreal EcoHack
596 Acres delivered the keynote address at the Montreal EcoHack, an event that was directly inspired by 596 Acres’ combination of using data-driven technological tools for community mobilization and on-the-ground neighborhood organizing.

2012

Venice Architecture Biennale
The 596 Acres NYC Community Land Access Project was selected by the Institute for Urban Design (now the Urban Design Forum) to join the US pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. The US presentation was on Spontaneous Interventions and the theme of the biennale was Common Ground.

2011

NYC BigApps 3.0NYC BigApps competition
596acres.org was named Best Green App in the 2011 NYC BigApps competition.

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