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Community Combines on Wish List

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.

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Park’s Long Sandy Comeback

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, one park in Gravesend is just now getting power back.

Though the streets in the area didn’t see much above-ground flooding, the storm’s salt waters managed to corrode the underground wiring serving the park at the corner of McDonald Avenue and Avenue S. As a result, the McDonald Playground bathrooms have been locked to keep people from injuring themselves in an unlit bathroom.

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Horseless Carriage Reimagined

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

After a campaign in which he promised to ban horse-drawn carriages as one of his first official acts, Mayor Bill de Blasio is now promising to ban them by the end of the year.

The delay hasn’t stopped owners and animal-rights advocates from looking for alternatives.

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Challenges For Waterfront Plan

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Bronx leaders are planning a waterfront district they say will rival Brooklyn Bridge Park – but a draft plan warns of steep challenges in building a neighborhood from scratch on a long-desolate flood zone.

The draft report from SoBRO, the Mott Haven-based development group, raises issues that also include pedestrian safety, waterfront access and site accessibility. The report, obtained by the Mott Haven Herald, comes amidst community members’ concerns about whether the development will have enough affordable housing – or potentially divide the neighborhood between the haves and the have-nots.

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Rabbit Rescuers are Hopping Busy

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Rich Playground, Poor Playground

Friday, December 27th, 2013

NYCity Snapshot: How Can the New Mayor Help You?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Still Raven Over Poe Park

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Two Fort Greenes

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013