596 Acres

new york, New York

About this nonprofit organization
596 Acres is New York City's community land access program. We help neighbors organize around and gain access to the city's warehoused and empty public land. We combine sophisticated online tools and grassroots outreach to open municipal data to the public, help neighbors navigate city politics, and connect organizers to one another through social networking and in-person collaboration.

Sometimes to clear the barriers between the potential of a vacant lot and the dreams of a community, we need to add professional services. 596 Acres is led by an attorney and a computer programmer. For specific sites, we need to add the power of an architect to make it possible for neighbors to shape our city together.