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 [...]

11 Community Land Access Success Stories from 2017!

As we wrap up the year at 596 Acres, we are excited about the future of community land access. Amazing things are happening in NYC’s neighborhoods thanks to our incredible community of organizers, advisors and donors. We’d like to share [...]

Groundtruther Sam Kohn on the South Bronx’s Garrison Park

A few weeks ago, fellow groundtruther Tim and myself took a bike ride through the west Bronx to check out a few parks we had identified as possibly containing abandoned buildings. This ride was part of our project to [...]

Groundtruther Tim Nottage on Poe Park’s Past and Present

Last week, in humid 90 degree weather, Sam and I rode our bicycles through the Bronx, groundtruthing parks that might have buildings in need of advocacy. One of our stops was Poe Park, on Grand Concourse. In addition to [...]

Windmill Garden: A Story of Collaboration

This episode of Intern Insights is by summer 2017 community advocacy intern Hannah Foster! The Windmill Community Garden occupies a 2,500-square-foot lot located between 39th and 40th Streets in Long Island City, Queens. Saturday, June 24th, marked The Windmills Garden’s first [...]

Our summer workshop is just around the corner

  Join us at the beautiful Rockaway Summer House on Sunday, July 23 from 3-6pm as we gather to share experiences, skills, and best practices learned through transitioning vacant city-owned land into thriving community places. Even if you are [...]

We’re hiring a Director of Advocacy

About 596 Acres 596 Acres champions resident stewardship of land to build more just and equitable cities. We believe that neighbors should have a say in how land is used in their communities. By helping regular New Yorkers secure [...]


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: [...]

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