Parks without Borders

Help Parks rethink SDR Park’s openness – to be both welcoming and safe.

Help Parks Choose New Projects

Parks will select – and fund – the best eight parks to showcase the program.

On the map or through the search bar, find the park you’re interested in. Suggest ways to improve its […]

How to Fight Homelessness: Op-Ed by City Council Parks Chair MARK D. LEVINE and Coalition for the Homeless President MARY BROSNAHAN

NYTimes: How to Fight Homelessness

OCT. 19, 2015

Community Board 3 Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30pm — Project Renewal, Kenton Hall – 333 Bowery (btwn E 2nd & 3rd Sts) will weigh in tonight.

Parks are increasingly the ‘home’ of last resort to the homeless. How do […]

Public Hearing on Zoning Changes for Affordable Housing tonight!

Public Hearing on Zoning Changes for Affordable Housing, November 16 November 8, 2015

On Monday, November 16, 2015 the Manhattan Borough President’s Office office will conduct a public hearing on two proposed changes to the city zoning code meant to increase the stock of affordable housing in New York City.

“ZQA” is the acronym […]


From Public Books (twice-monthly review dedicated to spirited debate about books and the arts) October 1, 2015 Good Neighbors by Sylvie Tissot, translated from the French by David Broder and Catherine Romatowski Questions asked and answered:

How do gentrifiers take over a place culturally, racially, and socioeconomically different from themselves?

How do gentrifiers take […]

City Council hearing with Mark Levine (Chair of Parks) on proposed Park shadowing study

Check out the webcast of testimony on City Council’s effort to study the affects of high rise luxury towers. Many community organizations testified including Lynn Ellsworth of New Yorkers for a Human-Scale City.

Activists Take Aim at Shadows

and a few years ago:

Central Park is now Central Dark

Petition to stop Mega Development

Petition […]

City Council Parks Committee Hearing on Int. No 737 (Shadows Cast Over Parkland)

Sponsors: Council Members: Mark Levine (City Council Chair of Parks Committee), Fernando Cabrera , Costa G. Constantinides, Corey D. Johnson, Rosie Mendez, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Helen K. Rosenthal, Daniel R. Garodnick, Mathieu Eugene

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the creation of a task […]

New York City Community Garden Coalition:hiring four people to work on Community Development Block Grant / Disaster Recovery on LES


Hello Gardeners & Friends:

The New York City Community Garden Coalition is hiring four people.

Community Development Block Grant / Disaster Recovery funding from the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) – is […]

Help Propublica Investigate New York City Rents

We’ve had issues lately with a few Coalition member tenants so we’d like to publicize this article on the investigation by ProPublica and WNYC:

Nov. 4, 2015 by Cezary Podkul

“Is your rent legal?

…ProPublica and WNYC are investigating how some New York City landlords jack up rents higher than the law allows – and […]

Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide

Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide

Harry Belafonte addressing the assembly.

On the occasion of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. The event is organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the co-sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the […]

Sara Roosevelt Park and Robert Moses’ Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX) plans

In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown

The exhibit runs through February 2016 at the NYC Department of Records Visitor Center, 31 Chambers Street.

The Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX) was first proposed in 1929 as a small part of a plan […]