THE BRONX, NEW YORK CITY – On Thursday, March 21, the 596 Acres’ interactive online map will begin providing information about vacant public land in the borough of the Bronx. 596 Acres will also begin distribution of print maps and signs for labeling lots throughout the borough in the coming weeks. Simultaneously, 596 Acres launches their website in Spanish!
“I’m glad that community-level interest, thought and planning around vacant space will be taken more seriously,” said Aazam Otero, a Bronx resident and public space advocate.
(2) placing signs on vacant public land that explain each lot’s status and steps that the community can take in order to be able to use this land,
(3) visioning sessions for education about public land holdings by invitation from community groups,
(4) engaging the community when an interested potential leader reaches out, and
(5) direct advocacy with New York City agencies. 596 Acres, a volunteer led project, has created countless opportunities for neighbors to come together and take control of their landscape, to learn which government agencies make decisions for their neighborhoods, and to talk to residents new and old.
Patchen Community Square (patchensquare.com), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn;
Java Street Garden Collaborative (javastreetgarden.tumblr.com), Greenpoint, Brooklyn;
A Small Green Patch (asmallgreenpatch.com), Gowanus, Brooklyn;
Myrtle Village Green (myrtlepark.org), Northwest Bedford-Stuyvesant/Wallabout Village, Brooklyn;
100 Quincy Community Garden (100quincy.wordpress.com), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; and
Just Food Conference panel with the Philadelphia Garden Justice Legal Initiative: “Food For The People: Tactics To Claim Land And Increase Food Sovereignty.”