33rd District Participatory Budget projects announced
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 16, 2014 | 512 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Stephen Levin announced how $1.56 million in Participatory Budgeting dollars will be spent on projects in North Brooklyn.

He also announced funding for two additional proposals, surpassing the originally alloted $1 million for capital projects.

“I want to thank everyone who came out to vote and made Participatory Budgeting a success for the second year in a row,” Levin said last week.

A proposal to repair four New York City Housing Authority playgrounds at the Gowanus Houses, 572 Warren Street Houses, Wyckoff Gardens and Jonathan Williams Plaza took home $400,000.

“The new playgrounds will benefit the entire community, and we look forward to working with the council member to make this project a reality,” said a NYCHA spokesperson.

The St. Nicks Alliance received $198,000 for the BOOKlyn Shuttle, a plan to purchase and retrofit a bus designed by the Pratt Institute into a mobile library to inspire and improve literacy across North Brooklyn.

“We’re just very grateful for all the support from everyone and all the hard work that went into this,” said St. Nicks Alliance spokesperson Greg Hanlon. “People really busted their tails getting out there and spreading the word for an important cause that’s going to benefit the entire community.”

Other projects include the renovation and re-opening of the Gowanus Community Center for $325,000 and a $450,000 reconstruction plan for the McGolrick Park playground. P.S. 261 also received $175,000 for bathroom renovations.

“These projects were developed by the community and will serve the community,” Levin said. “I am looking forward to seeing the impact they will have on the lives of residents throughout the district in the years to come."
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