Arts and Culture

We live in the cultural capital of the world. And, as you know, that artistic expression is not confined to Manhattan. Our neighborhoods are populated with exciting authors, artists, actors, and other creative professionals. We need to support these members of our community that bring beauty into our world, and encourage each other to express ourselves artistically.

4 Council Members, Each With $1 Million, Will Let Public Decide How It’s Spent

New York Times
09/14/2011

Four City Council members, intrigued by experiments begun in Brazil to let ordinary citizens determine how government uses tax dollars, say they plan to allow their constituents to decide how $4 million is spent next year. Read more »

Check Out the New Mural!

Groundswell mural
Kensington Prospect
09/02/2011

Editor's Note: Councilmember Brad Lander is happy to have provided funding to help Kensignton youth paint this wonderful mural on Church Avenue.

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The new mural on East 5th Street at Church Avenue was unveiled yesterday at a ceremony featuring folks from the Groundswell Community Mural Project, the Department of Transportation, and some people from the community who helped make it happen. Read more »

Honoring History and Breaking Ground

Councilmember Lander at JJ Byrne Park Groundbreaking
Park Slope Patch
05/10/2011

“This, as you know, is hallowed ground, an historic site,” Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said Tuesday while standing in front of the Old Stone House in Washington Park. He was there to host a ground-breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of J.J. Byrne Playground, along with City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, Borough Commissioner Kevin E. Jeffrey, Old Stone House Executive Director Kim Maier, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Read more »

Become a Kensington Teen Battle Chef!

Are you a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior with leadership ability and a desire to learn more about healthy cooking? Know someone who is? The Kensington Teen Battle Chef program is for you!

In partnership with GrowNYC’s Youthmarket and the non-profit organization Family Cook Productions, my office will be bringing a youth-run farm stand to Fort Hamilton Parkway between East 4th Street and East 5th Street this summer. Read more »

Kensington Youthmarket/Be a Kensington Teen Battle Chef!

In partnership with GrowNYC’s Youthmarket and the non-profit organization Family Cook Productions, my office will be bringing a youth-run farm stand to Fort Hamilton Parkway between East 4th Street and East 5th Street this summer.

The farm stand will operate every Saturday from July 9th to October 29th, with 6 students paid $10 an hour to run the stand during that time period. Before becoming Youthmarket employees, students will receive training through Family Cook Productions’ Teen Battle Chef program. Read more »