Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn’s Detour: The Unanticipated Impacts of Rezoning and Development on Residents and Businesses

The stated goal of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Plan was to stimulate the redevelopment of the area in order to encourage its continued transformation into New York City’s third central business district.

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Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Thursday, July 31, 2008

Development Opportunity and Historic Preservation in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Vicki Weiner

Cypress Hills: New Housing for a Rooted  Community

In...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, December 17, 2007

Sunset Park Voices in the Rezoning Process

As Sunset Park awaits the results of a zoning study being conducted by the NYC  Department of City Planning, City Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez and Brooklyn Community Board 7 co-sponsored one community education workshop and two community conversations about development issues and...

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, December 17, 2007

Platform for Responsible Redevelopment of the Gowanus Canal

We believe that the rezoning and development of the Gowanus Canal area provides a great opportunity for our community.

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2007

Gowanus Summit: Responsible Development

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Pratt Center helped convene the Gowanus Summit: a coalition of civic, housing and community development, manufacturing, and labor groups to establish ground rules for development around the Gowanus Canal. Our work aimed to ensure that new development meets the needs of area residents and sets high standards for local quality of life.
Pratt Center helped convene the Gowanus Summit, a coalition to establish ground rules for development in the Gowanus Canal area.
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Northside Town Hall Community Center

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Built in 1869, Engine 212 was threatened with forced closure in the 1970s by a cash-strapped city government. New York City’s poorest neighborhoods were then suffering waves of arson and destructive fires. At the same time, City services, including fire-fighting, were being slashed.
In 2009, Pratt Center helped to transform Engine 212 – “The People’s Firehouse” - into a community and cultural center.
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Community members rallied around the firehouse, occupying it for eighteen months until the City relented. Engine 212 was dubbed “The People’s Firehouse,” and the moniker stuck with a group of community activists who came together in support of the firehouse. These activists...

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Study

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Revitalizing American manufacturing is increasingly recognized by leaders across the political spectrum as a core economic strategy to create well-paying jobs and spur economic growth. Cities throughout the US are testing new and varied ways to advance these objectives, and NYC’s Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY) is one such example.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre active industrial park, is a model for sustainable industrial development and strengthening urban manufacturing.
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The BNY is a 300-acre active industrial park that houses over 330 businesses and 5,800 employees, and supports several key industries, including film, media, arts and culture, architecture, and design. City-owned and managed by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC, a nonprofit...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Jen Becker
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Church Avenue Retail Project

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The Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) retained Pratt Center to conduct a retail market study and needs assessment with the goal of making sure the already successful retail strip – the shopping hub of Flatbush -- better serves a neighborhood where the poor and middle class live side by side.
In partnership with local small businesses, Pratt Center conducted a retail market study and needs assessment to strengthen the Church Avenue commercial strip.
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The project, surveying the strip from Coney Island Avenue to Flatbush Avenue, looked at what shoppers and residents purchase on Church Avenue and elsewhere. The project examined Church Avenue's mix of retail and the quality of goods of and services offered. In addition, using a survey...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
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Church Avenue Retail Study

Who's Working on this Research?: 
Vicki Weiner

The Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has retained Pratt Center to conduct a retail market study and needs assessment, with the goal of making sure the already successful retail strip -- the shopping hub of Flatbush -- better serves a neighborhood where the poor and middle class live side by side.

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Issue Area: 
Sustainable Community Development
Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2009

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