List of Commitments

DPR

Break ground on “Imagination Playground” project in Betsy Head Park within 100 days

HPD

Identify geographic of complaints about housing quality and coordinate building by building inspections with the FDNY, NYC Housing and Community Renewal, and the Dept of Buildings to ensure buildings are complying with housing quality codes

HPD with other agency participants

Provide information about services for tenants, including housing quality, housing litigation, tenants’ rights, lead, etc.

DPR

Expand the Friends of Betsy Head Park through volunteer opportunities, programming

NYCHA

Hold 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.

NYCHA, HPD

Within 100 days, break ground on affordable housing project (110 units) “Prospect Plaza HOPE VI” Phase I on Prospect Place between Howard and Saratoga Avenues

EDC

Identify vacant lots in the Brownsville community (both City- and privately-owned) to activate for economic development purposes (Phase 2 of the Vacant Lot Activation Program).

EDC

Complete contract negotiations and announce partner for a business incubator to serve low-income entrepreneurs in Brownsville

EDC

Examine suite of financial tools and incentives to make recommendation for catalyzing community priorities, including commercial development, affordable housing and other uses

EDC, SBS, Brownsville Partnership

Activate of City-owned vacant lot on Mother Gaston Blvd between Belmont & Sutter

HCR

Close on Marcus Garvey Village

DOHMH, HPD

Commit to offering Integrative Pest Management to 40 apartments that have residents with asthma and complaints about pests. Referrals to come from DPHO, CBOs, etc. DOHMH is not committing to co-inspection but will assist in setting up the referral system with HPD.

DOT

Complete Brownsville bike lanes

DOT

Hire a new planner in the Brooklyn Borough Commissioner’s Office to focus on planning in Brownsville, working on engaging and working with the community to develop projects to improve transportation connectivity and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.

DOT

Begin Broadway Junction capital project. This will widen sidewalks at bus stops, improve pedestrian safety and circulation, improve streetscape appearance, add greenery, reduce conflicts between buses, livery cabs, and general traffic, and accommodate necessary curbside access.

CEO, HRA, DCA, NYCHA

Launch Jobs-Plus site to serve Van Dyke I and Brownsville Houses

CEO, HRA

Make applications available for Works Progress Program, whereby providers are eligible for wage reimbursement for jobs they offer to youth participants

SBS

SBS will complete a retail needs study for Pitkin and Belmont Avenues in order to create a retail attraction strategy to fill vacancies and diversify the retail mix of the corridors

SBS

SBS will complete a facade and storefront assessment of properties within the Pitkin Avenue BID. The longer-term goal of this project will be to launch a local storefront/façade improvement program.

SBS

SBS will host outreach events with the Central Brooklyn Community Service Corporation and the Local Development Corporation of East New York and present the government navigation services available through SBS and the recent expansion of NYC Business Acceleration to retail and industrial businesses

SBS

SBS will work with Community Board 16 to locally offer an SBS business course on entrepreneurship for Brownsville residents with a focus on how to launch a business

SBS

SBS will convene a meeting with Community Solutions and a tech investor interested in opening an incubator in Brownsville.

SBS

SBS will Support Brownsville Partnership’s 5,000 Jobs Campaign by serving on the 5,000 Jobs Campaign Design team and leading one of the 5,000 Jobs Project Teams.

SBS/Brooklyn Public Libarary

Hold NYC Craft Entrepreneurship class at Stone Avenue Library in Brownsville to help Brownsville crafters launch their business to generate supplemental income

DOHMH, HRA

Distribute $10,000 additional Health Bucks via community, faith-based, and healthcare organizations and after school youth programs to promote farmers markets and increase access to fruits and vegetables

DOHMH

Conduct home visits for 225 pregnant and parenting women via our Healthy Start Brooklyn and Newborn Home Visiting Programs

DOHMH

Offer approximately 2 exercise classes per week (x9wks: Oct 13-Dec12) for pregnant women via our Healthy Start Brooklyn Program

DOHMH

Offer 1 childbirth/ infant safety class per week (x15wks) for pregnant women via our Healthy Start Brooklyn Program

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Develop and conduct neighborhood conditions and/or safety survey, targeted at residents of Brownsville/Van Dyke developments; hold community report back and develop action plan

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Host convening of the various organizations leading different public safety initiatives in Brownsville with the goal of learning from one another and synergizing efforts.

DSNY

Pilot 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. 

DSNY

Install 6 sets of public space recycling baskets - 3 along Pitkin Avenue and 3 along Rockaway Avenue.

DSNY

Partner with the urban farming team led by L+M to provide technical support for developing an urban farm and composting plan. We will also donate compost and mulch to existing community gardens and street trees in the vicinity

DSNY

Work with L+M to evaluate alternate collection method for Marcus Garvey Village to reduce the footprint of waste management infrastructure at the complex.

NYPD

Allocate overtime funding to support the Department’s “Summer Violence Reduction” initiative, which is being used to deploy nearly 1,000 additional police officers to select commands experiencing a high rate of violent crime, including the 73 Precinct and PSA 2 in Brownsville.  This overtime funding is slated to be available through the first weekend of November.     

NYPD

Implement NYC Ceasefire, a comprehensive strategy to address gun violence by directly engaging groups (e.g., gangs and street crews) and clearly communicating: (1) a credible moral community message against violence; (2) a credible law enforcement message about the consequences of further violence; and (3) a genuine offer of help for those who want it.  NYC Ceasefire is a partnership of community, social service providers, and law enforcement

DOE

Develop a New Community School. PS 156/The Waverly School has been selected as a grant recipient (CBO partner TBD)

DOE

Create 616 new Pre-K seats in Brownsville

DYCD

Create new afterschool programs for XX middle school students in Brownsville

DYCD

Expand the number of School's Out NYC middle school afterschool program seats in Brownsville

DOE

Chancellor to host a Town Hall in D23 with CEC 23

DOE

Partner with the Council of Great City Schools - Male of Color Initiative, in conjunction with The White House "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative. DOE will do a citywide initiative, one priority neighborhood will be Brownsville.

DOE

As part of the citywide School Achievement Initiative, PS 165 and PS 298 in Brownsville will be targeted for extra support and resources

DOE

Model Teacher Pilot Program: This year the Model Teacher is being implemented strategically across the NYC DOE and District 23 has been selected as one of the areas to pilot this position. Model Teachers participate in ongoing structured professional collaborations with other teachers in the school throughout the school year; they share their classroom practice with others in an effort to support the professional growth of their peers. This position will be used to highlight instructional practices that are a priority for the District. 

DOP

Launch The Animation Project at Dept of Probation's Brownville Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) office. Over the course of 16 weeks the NeON office will offer computer animation classes for 12 youth. The classes are free and open to the community.

DOP

Department of Probation’s Transform & Restore Brownsville collaboration will develop the 4th of 5 large-scale community mural art projects as part of a long-term strategy to demonstrate how public art, business and criminal justice can be aligned to support long-term community change.

DOP

DOP will launch Next STEPS (Striving Towards Engagement and Peaceful Solutions), a program to provide transformative mentoring to high risk youth who live in and around NYCHA’s Brownsville Houses.

DOP

NYC Department of Probation will launch Justice Plus to expand programming and provide wrap around services for young adults involved in the cure violence program.