Brooklyn

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...

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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...

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Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
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Climate Resiliency Planning in Sheepshead Bay

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The low-lying coastal community of Sheepshead Bay is representative of many of the waterfront areas just beginning the long process of rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the coastal community of Sheepshead Bay can serve as a model for climate resiliency.
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Hundreds of single and two-family homes were flooded, extensively damaged, and face ongoing mold problems. Dozens of other homes were so severely damaged or contaminated that they still remain red-tagged by the Department of Buildings, a measure that prevents re-occupancy until DOB determines...

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Gans Studio
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Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
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Fulton Street Mall

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Amidst the City's broad redevelopment plan for downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Mall: New Strategies for Preservation and Planning - a Pratt Center project and report - offered strategies for securing the future of Fulton Mall as a vital public place.
Pratt Center has worked to improve Fulton Street Mall's commercial strip while preserving its role as a vital public place.
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We brought historic preservation, urban planning, ethnography, community cultural development, and economic development strategies together, and coordinated them to identify economic opportunities, preserve the most important historical resources, and provide unique and useful retail for...

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Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Vicki Weiner
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