Livable Neighborhoods

Keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe, clean and engaged takes participation from all of us. Working together with area schools, local police precincts, civic and neighborhood groups, and local merchants and businesses we can ensure that all the neighborhoods of the 39th district remain friendly, safe and great places to live.

Audio: Participatory Budgeting

The Brian Lehrer Show
10/21/2011

Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Councilman (D-39), and Melissa Mark-Viverito, city council member representing East Harlem and parts of the Bronx and Upper West Side, and member of the council's Progressive Caucus, discuss their new plan to involve constituents in budget allocation.

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Ready, set ... PB!

We're off-and-running with participatory budgeting.  After much preparation -- thanks again to our district organizing committee and all the volunteers helping so far -- we've started the outreach to get hundreds of people to contribute ideas & help shape the projects that will eventually appear on the ballot. Read more »

Brooklyn Councilman Wants "Trucking Companies On The Hook" for the Dirty Diesel Mess

Clean and Safe Ports Blog
09/14/2011

Dirty port trucks aren’t just a California problem. And they’re not just a Newark problem either. In fact, Brooklyn, home to the Brooklyn Marine Terminal, is one of the most at-risk counties in New York for health problems resulting from diesel soot. Read more »

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 »

The patron of Prospect Park: Business owner cleans up park for free

Picture of Prospect Park volunteer cleaners
New York Daily News
08/23/2011

A business owner who lives in Kensington is pitching in to help tackle cash-strapped Prospect Park's trash problem.

Armando Gonzalez, the owner of Sunshine Best Cleaning Inc., recently wrote to Mayor Bloomberg offering to send professional cleaning crews into the park free of charge.

Gonzalez, 55, made the offer after reading an article in the Daily News about how budget cuts made it harder for the city to maintain its parks - leaving them marred with piles of garbage. Read more »

A Walk for Prospect Park

Our friends at the Prospect Park Alliance are holding a walk-a-thon on September 18th to raise money for Brooklyn's backyard.  Here are the details:

Join us for the Alliance's second annual walk-a-thon!  Read more »

Councilmember Brad Lander Hails Win for Community in Prospect Park West Bike Path Case

Date: 8/16/11

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Contact: Councilmember Brad Lander’s office, Alex Moore 718-499-1090 amoore [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov

COUNCILMEMBER BRAD LANDER HAILS WIN FOR COMMUNITY IN PROSPECT PARK WEST BIKE PATH CASE

Brooklyn, NY- Councilmember Brad Lander released the following statement in response to Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan’s ruling today, dismissing a lawsuit challenging the Prospect Park West bike path in the case of Seniors for Safety v. NYC Department of Transportation: Read more »

Brad Lander Hungry For Better Food Policy

Carroll Gardens Patch
08/09/2011

Just over a week ago, the New York City Council voted in five impressive pieces of legislation designed to help ensure more New Yorkers have access to healthy, fresh, locally grown foods produced in New York State and contiguous states. Our own Councilmember Brad Lander, representing both Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, co-sponsored four of the five bills. Read more »

Dome Playground Clean-Up: A Success and a Real Good Time

The Kensington Prospect
08/08/2011

Threats of a thunderstorm did not keep the more than 30 volunteers away from the Sunday, August 7 activities at Dome Playground’s “Clean It, Paint It, Fix It!” afternoon. The first official event sponsored by Friends of Dome Playground (friendsofdomepark [at] gmail [dot] com), a good cross-section of neighbors and users, both kids and adults, showed up to scrape and paint the handball court’s walls a lovely cement gray, and rake the cigarette butts off the lawn. Read more »