Radical Transparency

At the beginning of June 2018, 596 Acres sent an email update about dialing back staff. We are at a pivotal moment and want to share some lessons learned and celebratory moments, and also acknowledge some points of tension [...]

June 2018 Update

As of June 1, 2018, 596 Acres is without a staff.,, and will continue to exist as digital resources for communities to access the information and tools we developed over the years and to organize [...]

Researcher for

This Summer, join the 596 Acres team to add key details to a new tool for NYC community land access. Created in collaboration with Common Cause/NY and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, will bring [...]


Join us for a glimmering evening in celebration of community strength, stewardship and resilience. Party basics… June 1, 2017 7pm to 10 pm @ Genius in Gowanus: 84 4th Street, BROOKLYN between Hoyt and Bond Honoring these incredible community land stewards: [...]

2016 Annual Report!

To download the PDF, click here. Or read it like a book below! Click the second button down on the left to make it full screen:  

Welcome Alicia

As we close out 2016, 596 Acres is really excited to welcome our new New York City Community Land Access Program Organizer, Alicia Rodgers. In her own words… I am excited to join 596 Acres after completing my Master [...]

Small Gifts, Seismic Shifts

We need our community spaces now more than ever. Resilience relies on the strength of our communities. We need places to build those strengths. Nothing takes place without a place. By giving to 596 Acres by the calendar end, you allow [...]

Protect Community Property from the Threat of the Tax Lien Sale

1100 Bergen Community garden, owned by its block association for decades, was at risk of having tax debt sold to an investor-backed trust when an administrator failed to file the annual property tax exemption renewal. We worked with gardeners [...]

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