Open City: Blogging Urban Change
Save the Date! 12/16/10: South Brooklyn Community Conversation
By Peggy Lee



Thursday, December 16th, 2010


St. Michael’s RC Church, 352 42nd Street, Enter at Auditorium on 43rd St.

R train to 45th and the D/N/R to 36th

Please RSVP: Call 212-778-9770 or email

What it’s about:

Since 2007, the City of New York has taken action to make a Greener, Greater New York – How do we continue to make NYC a better place to live? We need community groups, individuals, and the City to work as partners. This is where YOU come in! Be part of the South Brooklyn Community Conversation!

The December 16th discussion will be for community residents, leaders and youth to:

• Learn more about PlaNYC

• Help define you and your community’s role in making the City more sustainable

• Work in small groups to develop local goals for PlaNYC

Why it’s important:

City policies affect us! PlaNYC includes a number of efforts that address environmental issues that Sunset Park faces such as air quality, brownfields, transportation and energy among others. We are a waterfront community threatened by the likely effects of climate change. It is essential that we voice our opinions/concerns and share our ideas for the improvement and implementation of this plan. Please invite other interested community members and help us spread the news about this important community conversation.

RSVP: 212-788-9770 /

Questions: (718) 492-9307 / or

*When RSVPing let them know if you need translation services and in what language*

This conversation is co-sponsored by the Campaign for New York’s Future and UPROSE.


En Español -


CONVERSACIÓN COMUNITARIA SOBRE PlaNYC- Por un Brooklyn más verde y mejor!


Jueves, 16 de diciembre 2010 / 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Iglesia St. Michael’s, 352 Calle 42

La entrada al auditorio se  encuentra en la Calle 43

Trenes: R a 45 / D, N,R a 36

De qué se trata:

Desde el 2007 la Ciudad de Nueva York ha tomado medidas para crear un Nueva York más sostenible y mejor- ¿Cómo podemos seguir haciendo de la ciudad de Nueva York un mejor lugar para vivir? Necesitamos que grupos comunitarios, individuos, y la ciudad colaboren. ¡Aquí es donde entra usted! ¡Sea parte del la conversación comunitaria sobre el suroeste de Brooklyn! La discusión del 16 de diciembre será para residentes, líderes y jóvenes:

• Aprenderá más acerca de PlaNYC

• Ayudará a definir el rol suyo y del la comunidad en el desarrollo de una ciudad más sostenible

• Trabajará en grupos pequeños para desarrollar metas locales

¿Por qué es importante:

Las políticas publicas de la ciudad nos afectan! PlaNYC incluye una serie de esfuerzos que abordan los problemas ambientales que enfrenta Sunset Park, tales como la calidad del aire, antiguos terrenos industriales y su desarrollo, el transporte y la energía, entre otros. Somos una comunidad costera amenazada por los efectos del cambio climático. Es esencial expresar nuestras opiniones e inquietudes y compartir nuestras ideas para mejorar y ayudar a implementar este plan. Por favor, invite a otros miembros de la comunidad y ayúdanos a regar la voz sobre esta importante conversación comunitaria.

Confirme su presencia/RSVP: 212-788-9770 /

Preguntas: (718) 492-9307 / o

*Cuando confirme su presencia, hágale saber si necesita servicios de traducción y en qué idioma *

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