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Statement on the Passage of the Culver El Rezoning

I am pleased to announce that the City Council approved the Culver El Rezoning today. By combining the strengths of the initial proposal (developed by community organizations and elected officials in 2005) with changes suggested by community members and achieved by the Council, the rezoning we passed today will create much-needed and long-term affordable homeownership, preserve commercial and manufacturing jobs, and set a path for addressing open space and school over-crowding issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. Read more »

School Food Rocked

Brad in lunch line

On Saturday, my office organized the School Food Rocks conference to bring together parents, educators, students, SchoolFood staff, and food activists to learn about how we can work together to achieve healthier and more sustainable school food throughout District 15.

The conference’s aim was to help schools get started or take next steps in improving their food programs, and to strengthen the network of parents and school leaders working on food issues. As I sat in on many of the workshops, on topics including starting a school garden, educating children and families in nutrition, recycling in the cafeteria, expanding access to healthy food in schools, and working with DOE SchoolFood on healthier options for students, I saw many wonderful presentations and a lot of intelligent and informed conversations. I was really happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this conference, and hope that it will get people energized to work to make school food healthier and more sustainable. I'm looking forward to working with school administrators, teachers, parents and activists to take next steps towards getting better food in the schools. Feel free to get in touch with Jessica Turner in my office at 718-499-1090 or JTurner [at] Council [dot] NYC [dot] gov if you would like to continue working with us on this issue. Read more »

A Day at the Kensington World's Fair

Kensington World's Fair Banner

We’re happy to say that Sunday’s first−ever Kensington World’s Fair was a great success.

We were thrilled to be part of the organizing team for this fantastic event, which highlighted the incredible diversity of the neighborhood and brought people together to celebrate it. The entertainment (from the PS 230 choir to Slavic Soul Party to Cynthia King's dance group and all the other performers), the activities (my 7−year−old daughter did just about every one), the fantastic food, the weather, and – most of all – the organizers, volunteers, and participants came together to make it a remarkable day. Read more »

Join us in standing with LGBTQ community

Like everyone I've talked to, I was sickened to learn of the gut−wrenching hate attack in the Bronx last week, in which nine young men tortured and brutalized a gay man. This comes right after the painful suicide of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers, and the recent suicides of at least a half−dozen gay teenagers around the country after anti−gay bullying. Read more »

Statement of Councilmember Brad Lander on the Westboro Baptist Church protests of Brooklyn synagogues

Statement of Councilmember Brad Lander on the Westboro Baptist Church protests of Brooklyn synagogues

October 7, 2010

On Monday, October 11th, a small, pathetic, vile cult from Kansas -- known as the Westboro Baptist Church -- plans to protest outside several synagogues and yeshivas in Kensington, Brooklyn. Read more »

Reducing my energy use, #1: Getting started

Now that we're in the thick of our "reduce your use" green homes challenge, I've got some real incentives. I'd like to save a little money, and help to reduce NYC's carbon footprint. And I don't expect to win, but my family and I sure don't want to come in last!

For the first month, we were looking for the "low−hanging fruit" – easy steps to get started. Read more »

A Foot-Friendly Fourth Remains Elusive

map of 4th Avenue development
Wall Street Journal
09/27/2010

When Park Slope's Fourth Avenue was rezoned to spur more housing, developers and elected officials predicted a dramatic transformation for a traffic-choked thoroughfare dotted with auto-body shops, a gas station and a taxi depot.

Seven years and hundreds of apartments later, the auto-body shops have been joined by a smattering of coffee shops, bars and restaurants. But the goal of a bustling, pedestrian-friendly Park Avenue for Brooklyn remains elusive. Instead it remains relatively desolate, attracting little of the street activity that has made Park Slope one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city.

"If you're going to bring more people to Fourth Avenue, you want it to be a place that's more comfortable to walk," says City Councilman Brad Lander, whose district includes the east side of Fourth Avenue. "Some of these cement walls turn their backs on the neighborhood and make it a much scarier place to walk."

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A delicious night in Park Slope

Brad with Restauranteurs

I had a great time last night at the Park Slope restaurant tour, sampling fantastic food along 7th Avenue. I was only able to get to a few of the several dozens restaurants who offered delicious free tastes and discounts.

My evening began at Athena Mediterranean (6th Ave & 14th Street) with “shrimp saganaki.” When they saw that I did not (in their opinion) get enough sauce on my first shrimp, they insisted that I take a second. Read more »

Years Pass, But Question Remains: Is NYC Denying Welfare?

CityLimits
09/20/2010

The benefits rolls are far smaller and the mayor is quite different, but the debate over welfare in New York still revolves around whether eligible applicants are being turned away.

Shared Ride Service Along Former B23 Route Launches

Yesterday was the first day of the new "Group Ride Vehicle Pilot Program" that the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission has launched to provide shared ride van service along the former B23 route bus route.
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