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 »

Statement of City Council Member Brad Lander on MTA’s Emergency Rescue Plan

 Statement of City Council Member Brad Lander on MTA’s Emergency Rescue Plan

A Good Start, but Nowhere Near Enough. Real Progress Will Require Significant, Long-Term Investment from Smart, Progressive Revenue Sources.

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Commencement Remarks at MS 51's Class of 2017 Graduation

Who here has seen America’s Got Talent? I thought so.

There are some good reasons to watch. Did anyone see 9-year-old Celine Tam sing “My Heart Will Go On” this year? Many of the contestants are impressive. Some are really cute. Some are deeply inspiring. When they fail, there is something horribly thrilling about it.

And even though there are expert judges, people get to vote. So I guess it’s a little bit like democracy. Read more »

You might not hear from me for awhile.

If you’re on this list, you know I send out a lot of e-mails. I hear from some of you that you appreciate the news, events, and opportunities to get involved in our community (and, ok, from some others that it can get to be a little much from time-to-time ). Read more »

Organics Recycling + Avenue C Plaza + Dome Playground = Summer in K/WT

Dear Windsor Terrace & Kensington Neighbors,

Summer is upon us! Along with some hot weather, here are three great things the new season is bringing to Kensington & Windsor Terrace:

Curbside Organizing Recycling Coming to Windsor Terrace & Kensington Read more »

Protecting our democracy. On Monday, and every day.

We are living through a time when the basic features of our democracy feel under threat.

When the former FBI director reports that he wrote memos after every meeting with the President, because he expected him to lie. When the evidence is mounting that the President obstructed justice, to prevent an investigation into whether his campaign colluded with a foreign country to undermine our election.   Read more »

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