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.
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
A row of gleaming medals, suspended by colorful ribbons, hang along a wall in Nooria Nodrat’s Long Island City kitchen.
“There’s a lot,” Nodrat said, laughing.
Each medal represents a race she’s completed, despite being blind and suffering from severe asthma. The most recent award is from Sunday’s New York City Marathon.
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
At Theodore Roosevelt Education Campus on Fordham Road on Wednesday, families stood along the sidewalk waiting to enter the main registration site for all Bronx pre-Kindergarten students. Workers in orange vests went through the line, checking the paperwork for each child before sending them inside to a large auditorium where parents and school officials bustled about.