It’s graduation season and many graduating art majors are choosing between running towards or away from New York City. Whether staying or leaving, the young artists we interviewed all seem to agree that New York’s mecca-like quality is related to its human capital.
596 Acres seeks to turn the abundance of vacant lots in New York City into opportunity. Its mission is to help make unused land in the city accessible and to help transform it into “community resources,” usually gardens.
Simple magic. Urban trees improve air quality, unite neighborhoods, decrease storm water runoff, increase real estate values, and reduce heating and cooling costs. And they look beautiful when they get big.
As a bustling community attached to the massive built environment of the city, it was easy to overlook how vulnerable Coney Island and the neighborhoods around it have always been to the full force of the Atlantic.