Elected Officials and Community Leaders Welcome City Planning's Release of Working Group Recommendations for Gowanus

Areas of consensus include infrastructure and resiliency investments, expanded public access, a strong mix of uses including industry, arts, and affordable housing. Community members will continue to push for stronger commitments to invest in public housing & manufacturing jobs.
October 18, 2017

From January through July of 2017 -- as part of the larger NYC Department of City Planning’s Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study -- community residents took part in a series of working groups, to drill down on the complex issues that will shape the future of Gowanus. Today, the cumulative results of this effort were published on Read more »

Proposal for a NYC Historic & Cultural Markers Program

Council Members Brad Lander, Laurie Cumbo, and Jimmy Van Bramer wrote this letter to the Co-Chairs of the NYC Mayoral Advisory Commission on Monuments (NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker). We urge them -- in addition to their assigned task of addressing "symbols of hate" -- to consider establishing a new NYC Historic & Cultural Markers Program. Read more »

A New Bus Route for Brooklyn: Fighting to Revive the B71 With A New Link to Lower Manhattan

October 13, 2017

BROOKLYN, NY -- Today, the B71+ Coalition, made up of elected officials, community leaders, transportation advocates, and Brooklyn residents called upon the Department of Transportation and MTA to revive the cross-Gowanus B71 bus with a new link through Red Hook to Lower Manhattan. Read more »

Bring back our bus! Restore the B71 with a new link through Red Hook to Manhattan

Brooklynites were hit hard in 2010 when the MTA eliminated the B71, which ran along Union Street, and was a lifeline for seniors, students, and families.

To this day, every time I visit the Eileen Dugan Senior Center, they have a very clear message: “Bring back our bus!” Despite economic recovery and significant population growth along the route, the line has never been restored, leaving thousands of riders stranded. Read more »

Testimony Supporting Proposed NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission Rules To Require For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) Accessibility

Good morning, Chair Joshi and Commissioners. I am Council Member Brad Lander. I’m here today to express my strong support for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission’s (TLC) proposed rule to require for-hire vehicle (FHV) bases to send 25% of their dispatched trips to wheelchair accessible vehicles. Read more »

Councilmember Lander and Transit Advocates Welcome “Bus Countdown Clocks” to Brooklyn and Call for Using LinkNYC to Facilitate Faster, Affordable, Citywide Bus Arrival Time Information

12 Real-Time Bus Clocks arrive in District 39, with more on the way through participatory budgeting. To achieve broader reach more quickly and affordably, Lander pushes for real-time bus arrival information to be integrated with LinkNYC, which will deliver 7,500 wi-fi consoles to NYC streets across all five boroughs within the next several years
September 25, 2017
Brooklyn, NY

Today, New York City Council Member Brad Lander, community residents, and transit advocates welcomed the arrival of 12 bus countdown clocks in the 39th Council District. These 12 “real-time passenger information” (RTPI) bus clocks will give riders accurate estimates of when buses will arrive, help them decide what route to take, and significantly improve riders’ daily experience. The clocks are accessible and ADA compliant, with full audio capabilities. Read more »

An Hour Precious to Liberty

At noon today at the Old Stone House we will commemorate the Maryland 400, the brave group of soldiers who gave their lives at the Battle of Brooklyn – just 7 weeks into the young life of our nation – so that Washington could safely retreat the rest of the freedom-fighters across to Manhattan and eventually New Jersey. Washington called their sacrifice “an hour more precious to liberty” than any other. We are still in their debt, and it is honor to take part in remembering them. Read more »

Council Member Lander and Gowanus Community Leader Celebrate Groundbreaking at St. Mary's Park

Playground is part of a network of improvements to open spaces around the Gowanus Canal
August 15, 2017
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn


Today City Council Member Brad Lander, NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher, community leaders, participants in the Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study, and neighbors joined together to celebrate the groundbreaking at St. Mary’s Park in Carroll Gardens, near the Gowanus Canal. Read more »

Reading the signals: a long way to go to fix the subways

Two things are clear to me from yesterday’s City Council hearing on the crisis facing NYC’s subways: First, there’s no quick & easy fix. Second, unfortunately, Governor Cuomo and the MTA are not yet serious about putting forward a real, long-term solution.

So, we’re going to need to keep organizing until they do.   Read more »

Gowanus Canal Conservancy and CM Lander Launch “Gowanus Green Team,” A “Green Jobs” Training Program for Young Adults

Youth apprentices recruited from Gowanus’ public housing developments for paid positions in green infrastructure management, horticulture, urban forestry, and recycling.
August 3, 2017
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Gowanus Canal Conservancy and CM Lander Launch “Gowanus Green Team,” A “Green Jobs” Training Program for Young Adults Read more »

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