Achievements to Date

September 8, 2014 –

  • DPR has begun initial staging for the Betsy Head project.

September 17, 2014 –

  • MGB POPS launched on October 17th – a project of the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Brownsville Partnership, and using HPD land, MGB POPS will activate the commercial corridor on Mother Gaston Blvd and provide local businesses with a new vibrant and diverse marketplace that can broaden their customer base.  Eight local vendors have been chosen to participate and will sell locally-made apparel, food, cosmetics and more to jump start Brownsville’s economy and help the neighborhood thrive.
  • The NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) – as part of its NextGeneration NYCHA effort – held three Vision Sessions meetings for residents of public housing and their Brownsville neighbors at Van Dyke Houses Community Center to identify community goals which will guide future plans to re-establish Brownsville as a safe and flourishing community and improve NYCHA resident’s quality of life. 
  • The Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) has intensified its inspections of buildings in the area – since the start of September through Oct 11th, HPD has attempted to inspect 205 properties and issued nearly 1,300 violations, in addition to identifying vacant buildings and lots and inadequate lighting.  HPD is partnering on inspections with the Fire Department, Department of Buildings, and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to ensure the inspections are comprehensive. 
  • Department of Education (DOE) has created 616 Universal Pre-K spots for Brownsville children.
  • Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is piloting intensive enforcement by Sanitation Enforcement Agents and Uniformed Officers to address dump outs in BK16, as well as providing mobile litter patrol three times per week.
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) completed the Brownsville bike lanes.
  • The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is putting special focus on Brownsville because of its poor perinatal outcomes.  As of the start of October, DOHMH is expanding a wide range of programs through Healthy Start Brooklyn and Newborn Home Visiting Program to offer an opportunity to help pregnant and parenting women overcome whatever barriers they may face to improve their health and that of their families.  DOHMH is also working with the Human Resources Administration to fund and distribute $10,000 worth of “Health Bucks” which can be used at participating farmers markets to purchase fruits and vegetables.  

October 25th –

  • DPR holds It’s My Park! Day in Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park together

October 28th –

Check back for further updates!

  • Marcus Garvey Village
  • Tilden Houses
  • Betsy Head Park
  • Betsy Head Park
  • Betsy Head Park
  • Betsy Head Park
  • Pitkin Avenue Retail
  • Inter-agency planning meeting
  • Inter-agency planning meeting