596-acres-main-1I’m the Bronx facilitator for 596Acres, a non -profit dedicated to helping NYC residents gain access to public vacant lots in order to turn them into usable community spaces. We provide a step by step resource for getting people the information they need to go through the process of converting these spaces, from getting in touch with the property owners, to securing materials for their spaces to setting up legal structure.lots to gardenSome Bronxites have already contacted me to get started working on lots. They’ve plugged in the address to their prospective lot on our website, www.596acres.org, and have identified and contacted the owners of the spaces to see what is in the works for it.  There is then a dialogue to see what can be done.596 website imageSo if you know of a place you should do two things… 1.) log into the 596 website and plug in the address to get it rolling….and 2.) help me post signs on these and other vacant lots to create community awareness.

The other borough organizing fellows and I will be making signs on Sunday April 28 at Build It Green! NYC at the Gowanus Center, to post on lots where people think would be a good place for change.

Then during the first two weeks of May we will go out and post.  I could use your help with this so please sign up…Mon-May 6th from 12-3pm; Tues- May 7th & 14th from 3-6pm; Wednesday- May 1st & 8th from 3-6pm and Saturday- May 4th  & 11th from 12-3pm.596 posting on gatesPut your name down for the days you can help post:


There will also be a general meeting for Bronx lot organizers, that’s you, on May 19th, from 3-5pm at Brook Park, located between 140th and 141st Streets at the corner of Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South, South Bronx. www.hopstop.com

For more information about the process, check here: http://596acres.org/en/about/about-596-acres/596acres_flowchart-852x1024

Contact me at kimberly@596acres.org to sign up to help with the posting and to get moving on greening your community.


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