Governors Island is open! (Here’s how to get there)

Over the past 10 years, Governors Island as become a great part of summer in New York City, a whimsical island full of culture, music, and food. If you made it last summer, you got to climb & slide down The Hills.

This year, the season has started even earlier! For the first time ever, the island opened on May 1 and will stay open until October 1st. The island is open Monday-Friday 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday-Sunday from 10 AM - 7 PM.

On the weekends, it will be easier than ever to get there from Brooklyn. Read more »

VICTORY! Mayor Announces Plan for Air Conditioning in ALL NYC Public School Classrooms.

Last October (on an 80-degree day) we launched the #TooHotToLearn campaign, to call attention to the dire need for air-conditioning in our public schools. Students, parents, and educators in hundreds of school submitted responses to our survey, with stories of classrooms that exceeded 100*F, of the inability to concentrate, of students with ashthma or special needs unable to attend, even of kids fainting from the heat.   Read more »

Next up: Save the one planet we’ve got.

I hope you got a little respite over the past few days, with celebrations of Easter and Passover, some time off for Spring Break with family, and some glorious renewal in the promise of spring. Read more »

Our Schools Are Too Hot To Learn!

On too many days, in over 10,000 classrooms (about 25%), it is simply #TooHotToLearn. In those rooms, rising temperatures have made it unbearable on an increasing number of hot days in May, June, September, and October. Students and teachers report sweltering classrooms. Some have reached 100 degrees. In that heat, students experience headaches, dehydration, and are unable to focus. Students with asthma can’t even safely attend. 

How can we expect teachers to teach, or students to learn? Read more »

Agreement Reached for Neighborhood Supermarket & Affordable Housing at 5th Avenue Key Food Site

Avery Hall Investments and Community Organizations Sign "Cooperation Agreement" for 120 5th Avenue. Elected Officials send letter to HPD and DCP expressing support for agreement and modifications to the Baltic Street Urban Renewal Plan.

Park Slope, Brooklyn - Avery Hall Investments (AHI) and 10 community organizations have come to an agreement on a proposal to modify the Baltic Street Urban Renewal Plan, which will allow the redevelopment of 120 5 Read more »

The Polls Are Open! Vote Online or In-Person

Do you have your favorite projects picked out already? Tough choices, I know. A “FabLab,” a new playground, or A/C for the cafeteria at local public schools. A storybook/video project for developmentally disabled kids. Parks improvements. A mobile shower for the homeless at CHiPS. And a dozen more.

Participatory Budgeting NYC Vote Week 2017 is here.

Luckily, we’ve made voting easier than ever.  Read more »

Join NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman & keep fighting for what matters.

What a week. From the chaotic negotiations on the health care bill, to new revelations about Russia, to the President’s unfounded claims of being wiretapped, to the hearings on Neil Gorsuch for a stolen seat on the Supreme Court.  

This week also showed that our resistance matters. Read more »

Your neighbors need you!

Thanks to everyone who helped a neighbor in yesterday’s snow & ice storm. As always, it was great to see so many people offer assistance to neighbors who needed a little help clearing their sidewalk -- plenty who just do it as a matter of course, and some who signed up on my website (like Danny and Alex, two young brothers who tagged team shoveling for several of their neighbors in Windsor Terrace around Terrace and Sherman).

In this community, we know we do better when neighbors look out for each other. Read more »

Blizzard Advisory: What You Need to Know

It looks like Winter isn’t ready to let go of us yet. A major winter storm is heading our way -- a final parting shot from the season as we head into Spring. Late tonight until tomorrow evening will see about 16-20 inches of snow with worst case scenarios seeing up to 24 inches. Plus, strong gusts of wind.
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City Councilmember Brad Lander’s Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Appointment of the Statewide Plastic Bag Task Force

 

Since February 15th – when the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo nullified NYC’s “Bring Your Own Bag” law – residents of NYC have sent approximately 750 million plastic bags to landfills.  By the end of the year, it will be another 7 billion.

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