HIGH HOPES: Residents of one swath of Brooklyn would like to see their tax dollars go toward street repairs, traffic cameras, and bus and crosswalk countdown clocks, among other improvements. They came up with the list during meetings as part of the city's participatory budgeting system.
Monday, November 17th, 2014
When the small group of community members was asked if they were happy with the way the government spends their money, the room was silent. Hands shot up moments later when residents were asked what changes they wanted to see in their communities.
On November 10, Councilman Mark Treyger wrapped up the last of three community assemblies as part of District 47’s progressive participatory budgeting [PB] initiative. Treyger has allocated $1 million of discretionary funds for residents’ ideas. District 47 – which includes Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Sea Gate and Coney Island – is among 24 of the city’s 50 districts to sign up for PB.
Saturday, November 15th, 2014
Parents are scrambling to save a Williamsburg preschool and day care center set to be evicted because its landlord plans to sell the building to a developer.
The eviction notice gives Bushwick United Head Start, which has been serving local low-income families for more than a quarter-century, until the of the year to clear our. Teachers, parents and community activists are looking for ways to stop the closure of the city-funded school, run through the Administration for Children’s Services.
Friday, November 7th, 2014
Twirling across the concrete floor of a rustic room lit by dozens of candles, Kate MacLauchlan and Kat Christie, both in elegant white gowns, shared their first dance as a married couple.
The reception, a week later than originally planned, wasn’t what they had initially envisioned. But after going through more than the usual wedding-planning angst, they weren’t complaining.
“I feel like it turned out better than it was supposed to,” shouted MacLauchlan over EMF’s “Unbelievable,” blasting on the loudspeakers of Atelier Roquette in Red Hook.
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
What would Halloween be without costumes, candy and cute kids? For a second year in a row, Downtown Brooklyn put on a show for residents and tourists at the annual Family Halloween Day. In addition to treats and tricks that included face painting and balloon animal-making, the event also offered health information.