Brad and Edward Norton Honor National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winners

Brad and Edward NortonNew York City Councilmembers Brad Lander, Letitia James and Jimmy Van Bramer were joined at today's Stated Council meeting by two-time Academy Award−nominated actor Edward Norton to recognize this year’s NYC−based National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winners. Heart of Brooklyn, which is a partnership between the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, and Prospect Park Zoo and Global Action Project Global, are two of just fifteen organizations nationwide to receive this prestigious annual award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). Read more »

In the Press: NYC Schools: Democratic Public Education, or Corporate Widget-Maker?

Huffington Post
11/11/2010

Mike Bloomberg's nomination of Cathie Black as schools chancellor is not only a bad personnel move. It is a symbol of a critical choice we are facing: Are our public schools a place to educate well−rounded citizens for the New York City of tomorrow? Or are they the junior academy of corporate America, oriented around test-taking and the bottom line? Read more »

Serious Fire in Park Slope

As some of you may have heard, unfortunately there was a serious fire on 5th Ave and 17th Street yesterday afternoon. This fire caused major damage to 615 5th Ave, 617 5th Ave, 619 5th Ave and 255 17th Street. Fortunately, all the apartments were empty at the time of the fire and no residents were injured, but two firefighters did sustain minor injuries. My thoughts are with them for a speedy recovery, and I know the whole neighborhood extends our gratitude for their bravery. Read more »

Fifth Avenue Committee Personal Finance Workshops

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The Fifth Avenue Committee will be holding two workshops on personal finance in the coming weeks that we feel may be of interest to the community. Both workshops will be presented in English and Spanish. Read more »

Statement on the Passage of the Culver El Rezoning

I am pleased to announce that the City Council approved the Culver El Rezoning today. By combining the strengths of the initial proposal (developed by community organizations and elected officials in 2005) with changes suggested by community members and achieved by the Council, the rezoning we passed today will create much-needed and long-term affordable homeownership, preserve commercial and manufacturing jobs, and set a path for addressing open space and school over-crowding issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. Read more »

School Food Rocked

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On Saturday, my office organized the School Food Rocks conference to bring together parents, educators, students, SchoolFood staff, and food activists to learn about how we can work together to achieve healthier and more sustainable school food throughout District 15.

The conference’s aim was to help schools get started or take next steps in improving their food programs, and to strengthen the network of parents and school leaders working on food issues. As I sat in on many of the workshops, on topics including starting a school garden, educating children and families in nutrition, recycling in the cafeteria, expanding access to healthy food in schools, and working with DOE SchoolFood on healthier options for students, I saw many wonderful presentations and a lot of intelligent and informed conversations. I was really happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this conference, and hope that it will get people energized to work to make school food healthier and more sustainable. I'm looking forward to working with school administrators, teachers, parents and activists to take next steps towards getting better food in the schools. Feel free to get in touch with Jessica Turner in my office at 718-499-1090 or JTurner [at] Council [dot] NYC [dot] gov if you would like to continue working with us on this issue. Read more »

A Day at the Kensington World's Fair

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We’re happy to say that Sunday’s first−ever Kensington World’s Fair was a great success.

We were thrilled to be part of the organizing team for this fantastic event, which highlighted the incredible diversity of the neighborhood and brought people together to celebrate it. The entertainment (from the PS 230 choir to Slavic Soul Party to Cynthia King's dance group and all the other performers), the activities (my 7−year−old daughter did just about every one), the fantastic food, the weather, and – most of all – the organizers, volunteers, and participants came together to make it a remarkable day. Read more »

Join us in standing with LGBTQ community

Like everyone I've talked to, I was sickened to learn of the gut−wrenching hate attack in the Bronx last week, in which nine young men tortured and brutalized a gay man. This comes right after the painful suicide of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers, and the recent suicides of at least a half−dozen gay teenagers around the country after anti−gay bullying. Read more »

Public Hearing on Park Slope Historic District Expansion

I'm pleased and proud to announce that the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion of the Park Slope Landmarks Historic District on Tuesday, October 26th at 12:30 p.m. on the 9th floor of the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street in Manhattan. Additionally, CB 6 will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion on Thursday, October 14th at 6 p.m at Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street. I encourage you to attend both of these events.

The decision to hold this hearing was in response to many months of organizing by community residents, led by the Park Slope Civic Council. As chairman of the City Council's Landmarks Subcommittee (which will eventually hear and vote on the proposed expansion), I congratulate everyone involved on this important step. Read more »

Reducing my energy use, #1: Getting started

Now that we're in the thick of our "reduce your use" green homes challenge, I've got some real incentives. I'd like to save a little money, and help to reduce NYC's carbon footprint. And I don't expect to win, but my family and I sure don't want to come in last!

For the first month, we were looking for the "low−hanging fruit" – easy steps to get started. Read more »

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