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Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources - Day 1

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

This two-day event will engage advocates, policy makers and scholars in New York City land policy workshops, discussions focusing the history of vacant land in New York City and a symposium in which land transformation facilitators from around the world will share best practices.

The first day of the event will provide an opportunity to learn about the history of vacant land and community land access pressures and opportunities in New York City. The second day will be a structured conversation among a diversity of community land access advocates working in urban contexts around the world. It will take place all day on Wednesday, April 23, and will culminate with an evening reception.

2:00 p.m.– Identifying Opportunities & Facilitating Transformations: Creating Oases in All Our New Yorks

New York City Community Gardening Coalition (NYCCGC), on the history of community gardening in NYC -- Haja & Cindy Worley, gardeners.
NYC Parks Department GreenThumb, on NYC's unique program for making municipal land available for community use -- Nancy Kohn, Director.
Design Trust for Public Space, on design solutions for transforming community gardens into inclusive spaces -- Caroline Bauer, Production & Program Associate.
Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, on potential incentives for private land-owners to make their land available to neighbors.
Prospect Farm, on running a farm on a privately-owned vacant lot in Brooklyn -- Meera Bhat, farmer.

3:15 p.m.– Protecting Community Access to Land: Keeping Our Greens

Legal Teams and Plaintiffs from the LaGuardia Corner & Boardwalk Community Gardens, on the role of Public Trust Doctrine & Litigation -- Aziz Dehkan, NYCCGC Executive Director plus guests
New York City Community Gardening Coalition, on transparency, accountability & legislation -- Raymond Figueroa Reyes, NYCCGC Board President

4:00 p.m.– Establishing Long Term Management: In Perpetuity

New York Restoration Project, on non-profit ownership and the role of design and capital projects -- Chris Vanterpool, Capital Team
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, on the land trust model of protection for community property -- Demetrice Mills, board president
Cooper Square Community Land Trust, on combining housing and community space through a community land trust on the Lower East Side -- Katy Lyle, Board Member
NYC Community Land Initiative, on building capacity for more community property in NYC (invited)

This event is sponsored by the Environmental Studies program at The New School for Public Engagement.

The event is free, but registration is required by clicking on the top right register button. You will need to register for each day of the event separately as capacity is limited.

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