Borough Park

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 »

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 »

Local Reviews of Businesses in Borough Park

Orchidea, 4815 12th Avenue, (718) 686-7500

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Video: Funding for Classrooms At Beth Jacob and Gan Centers Fully Restored

Vos Iz Neias
08/03/2011

 

Borough Park, NY - City Councilmembers Brad Lander and David Greenfield announced that funding for Borough Park’s Beth Jacob Day Care Center and Gan Day Care Center has been fully restored.  Half of the classrooms in these centers had been targeted for cuts under the budget proposed by the Bloomberg Administration earlier this year. Read more »

Help clean-up Dome Playground on Sunday, August 7th

Last year, Borough President Marty Markowitz and I were able to allocate $900,000 in city funds to renovate Dome Playground. When I brought together residents from Kensington and Borough Park in March to discuss their visions for how that money could be used, I was thrilled with the result. Over fifty people came to the meeting and sent a clear message to me and the Parks Department: this is our park and we want to make it better. Read more »

Fresher food coming to NYC

I hope you are hungry, because today is a good day for New Yorkers who care about their food. We’ve learned a lot recently about the importance of improving our food system, supporting regional farms and businesses, and making sure that everyone has access to fresh, healthy food. I wanted to share some recent developments that bring us closer to that goal. Read more »

A few thoughts after my shiva visit to the Kletsky's

Earlier this week, I visited the family of Leiby Kletsky, the 8-year-old boy from Borough Park who was so brutally and senselessly kidnapped and murdered last week (something I hope will be the hardest shiva call that I will ever have to make).

No words can ease or describe the grief, or heal the wounds, but -- like so many people I've talked to -- I've been thinking about it constantly for the past week, and wanted at least to write down some of what I've been feeling.
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About Shop Local

Dear Friends,

Local, independently owned businesses are a hallmark of our community, an essential part of the urban landscape, and an appealing and vital part of the 39th District’s neighborhoods.

Small business owners frequently live in the community and remain invested in our neighborhoods economically and socially. Small business owners frequently provide jobs to local residents, take the "high road" in how they relate to neighbors, workers, and the environment, and also have a proud record of supporting local not-for-profit groups. Read more »

About Other Shop Local Projects

Shop Brooklyn: Shop Brooklyn is Borough President Marty Markowitz' campaign for local residents and visitors, emphasizing service and individuality in Brooklyn's neighborhoods and shopping corridors. The initiative has forged strategic partnerships with Business Improvement Districts, Merchant Associations, and Local Economic Development Organizations throughout Brooklyn to showcase independently owned businesses with added-value marketing efforts and educational outreach. Read more »