Curb extension at Court and Union Streets No ratings yet.

With the change in traffic pattern on Van Brunt Street a few years ago, Union Street has now become even busier, with cars zooming down it well above the speed limit. Many families walk through the intersection at Union Street and Court Street, and cars both speed through the intersection and rarely slow down when they turn onto Court Street, posing a significant danger to pedestrians, especially the many children who walk this way (many by themselves) en route to/from PS 58 and PS 32.

Creating curb extensions at this busy intersection would help improve pedestrian safety, especially for children.

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mobile play:ground 4.55/5 (47)

mobile play:ground, an exciting new project conceived of by the nonprofit play:groundNYC, will introduce play with loose parts to broad cross-sections of district 39. We will do this by animating local parks, playgrounds and community gardens through a mobile play unit. This vehicle will be designed and well stocked with tools, recycled and found materials, cardboard and other loose parts for fun, self-directed play. The unit will also serve as a learning hub and our trained playworkers will travel with the mobile residencies. Each site will serve as a test-bed for identifying a possible location for a rooted community adventure playground. We strongly believe that district 39 needs a new playground. Brooklyn is the most underserved borough when it comes to playground provision, with only eight playgrounds for every 10,000 children under the age of ten years old. Adventure playgrounds, as our successful programs show, are greener, less expensive to build and more fun than conventional fixed structure playgrounds.

We propose to work with schools, community groups and parents in the district to identify the optimum locations for our mobile play unit to visit, and will plan site-responsive short term residencies that support independent, child-led play. We envisage mobile play:ground fostering civic participation in the stewardship of the city’s neighborhood parks, playgrounds and community gardens; providing opportunities for young people to not only interact with and experience public space, but help create and design it.

By funding mobile play:ground: a model of intergenerational play – encouraging parents, residents, educators, young adults and the elderly to train as playworkers in their own communities – we will provide space for youth recreation and adult engagement in the process, while raising awareness of the benefits of self-directed play. Mobile play:ground will allow us, as part of a broad consortium of community leaders, to take steps in identifying and siting permanent adaptive reuse space for new adventure playground(s) for the district, reclaimed and built by and for all the city’s children.

play:groundNYC advocate for young people’s rights by providing playworker run environments that encourage risk taking and experimentation through self-directed play. We operate The Yard, New York City’s only adventure playground on Governors Island, and work with communities across the city to establish their own neighborhood playgrounds and play initiatives. www.play-ground.nyc

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Skate park No ratings yet.

The vacant lot at the corner of Sacket St and Fourth Avenue is an access point for the water tunnel. As such it cannot be developed with permanent structures. It is, however, the ideal size for a small skate park with half pipes and other structures that can be moved when access is needed. It would be a positive for neighborhood youth who could shift their skating to this much better and safer facility from the street, steps and other venues where they currently collect.

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Connect the Berms No ratings yet.

Wouldn’t it be great if Prospect Park could be easily accessed from Grand Army Plaza safely and without a series of un-synchronized lights? If the berms (plazas of green triangles) were connected leading out to the community at the north end of the park, adults and children could safely enter Prospect Park, either on foot or on bicycles.

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Fix Our Street No ratings yet.

The southbound Ocean Parkway service road between Beverley Road and Avenue C is in a state of disrepair which results in rainwater pooling in multiple locations and not making its way to the sewers. Standing water in these locations can be present for much longer than the time it takes for mosquitoes to breed (5 days according to the “NYC 311” website). Addressing this issue will help to ensure the safety of people who live in this neighborhood, e.g., from mosquito borne illnesses and diseases. In addition, speed bumps along this stretch of the service road will discourage drivers who routinely speed and put the lives of our children and grandchildren at risk.

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