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After more than a year of in-person events, text message suggestions, and online feedback, we're wrapping up Brownsville Neighborhood Planning Process online outreach today. Thank you for adding your voice to The Brownsville Plan. Over the next few years, Brownsville residents will see more than 2,500 new units of affordable housing, over $150 million of investments to infrastructure and public spaces in their community, guided by the plan.

This is the last you'll hear from us here on our coUrbanize page. Comments are now closed, but the page will remain up for record-keeping purposes. You can follow what's next for the Brownsville Plan at

The Brownsville Plan is now live online!

Thank you to those who were able to join us in celebration at the Brownsville Plan Release Party on Thursday! See event photos here.

If you haven't seen it yet, The Brownsville Plan is now live online at! You can find the press release linked here, and an interview on NY1 with HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer about the plan linked here. Please help to get the word out to your neighbors! We’ll be out at community events over the coming months to continue distributing print copies. Thank you again to all those who participated in this planning process throughout the past year. It has been an incredible collaboration and partnership, and we look forward to continuing it throughout implementation.

Special Thanks. We want to give a special shout out to those who helped in the success of Thursday night’s release party! Thank you to the organizations that tabled and shared neighborhood resources, to the leaders who provided inspirational and empowering speeches, and to the incredibly talented young performers and presenters for the evening! A special thanks to the Pitkin BID for providing balloons for the decorations, as well as 3 Black Cats Café and Cakery for catering our snacks and refreshments. A big thank you as well to Ms. Terry’s team at the Oasis Beacon Center for hosting us again in their space. And last but not least, a very special thank you to the Community Partners, Community Board 16 leaders, residents, and elected officials for your tireless advocacy for the needs of the neighborhood.

See you tonight! Brownsville Plan Release Party

Hope to see you TONIGHT at the Brownsville Plan Release Party, starting at 6:30p.m. in the P.S./I.S. 323 Gymnasium at 210 Chester Street! You don't want to miss the opening remarks and special guest speakers starting at 7pm! See flyer below for more information. In addition, we've got over a dozen neighborhood organizations that will be tabling and providing information. See you there!

One week away! Brownsville Plan Release Party

One week from now, you could be holding a fresh print copy of The Brownsville Plan! Join your neighbors in the music, food, dance, and celebration of the plan release next Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm at the P.S./I.S. 323 Gymnasium located at 210 Chester Street (between Blake Avenue and Sutter Avenue). See flyer below for more inforedmation. Spread the word and hope to see you there! Share the facebook event linked here.

Brownsville Plan Release Party - June 1, 2017

The day is near! Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating the release of the Brownsville Plan, to be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 6:30-8:30p.m. in the P.S./I.S. 323 Gymnasium at 210 Chester Street! Please see flyer below for more information and help to spread the word! Hope to see you there!

Workshop 4 success! Continue to provide input!

Thank you for those who participated this Saturday at the 4th public workshop of the Brownsville planning process, and for providing input on the draft strategies for the neighborhood plan! More photos from the workshop will be posted soon.

If you didn't get a chance to attend, you can still provide feedback on the draft strategies! You can view the workshop boards linked here. They are also linked on the "Info" page under "Additional Information." We are accepting input on the draft strategies until Monday, April 3rd. You can post publicly on the "Comments" tab of this website, or email your thoughts directly to Giovania at Stay tuned for next steps!

Shout out to the staff at the Tilden Community Center for hosting us, and to 3 Black Cats Café and Cakery for the delicious catering!

TWO DAYS AWAY! Brownsville workshop 4

We are two short days away from the 4th public workshop of the Brownsville Plan! Join us this Saturday starting at 11am at Tilden Community Center! Don't miss the panel starting at 2pm, featuring some amazing people from the neighborhood! See more info below:

Workshop on Saturday! Plus top 5 building features

Here's our last video summarizing survey results! These are participants' top 5 priorities for building features, as well as building size. Take a look:

You can watch all three survey videos here.

See you this Saturday at the 4th Brownsville Neighborhood Plan Workshop! Please tell friends and neighbors to come learn about the draft plan and share ideas for the future: 11am-3pm at Tilden Community Center.

ONE WEEK AWAY! Brownsville Public Workshop 4

We need your help! The city is gathering feedback on the draft strategies for the final Brownsville Neighborhood Plan at 4th public workshop, which is just a short week away. We need your help to turn your neighbors out! Please see the flyer and schedule of the day below.

Here are five examples of things you can do to help spread the word:

  • Email. Forward this message to 10 family / friends / neighbors in Brownsville!
  • Social Media. Share the facebook invite to your networks!
  • Word of mouth. Tell 10 different neighbors you run into this weekend and encourage them to come!
  • Flyers. If you have a printer, print some flyers and post them in your building or block!
  • Announcements. If you are part of a congregation, tenant/homeowner association, or community group, share this flyer and make an announcement!

Brownsville Planning Workshop 4 Flyer + Program

Big things are happening in Brownsville!

You don't want to miss the 4th public workshop on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 11am-3pm at Tilden Community Center to hear about initiatives coming to Brownsville. We need your input and ideas! We’ve got an exciting line up of events throughout the day (see schedule on flyer), including an open house, deep dive break-outs, and a panel discussion featuring some Brownsville-born and-raised innovative thinkers! Please share this flyer in print and social media widely with your neighbors. Hope to see you there!

Facebook event here.

SAVE THE DATE! Brownsville Workshop #4

Please save the date and spread the word about the 4th public workshop of the Brownsville Planning Process – an opportunity learn about and share your ideas on the draft strategies for the final plan. The workshop will be held Saturday March 25, 2017 from 11am-3pm at Tilden Community Center. It will include an open house, scheduled small group discussions, and a potential panel. Look out for a flyer and program details soon! 

Top 5 most wanted community facilities

In December 2016, HPD conducted a questionnaire on what Brownsville residents want to see on the four sites of vacant city-owned land in the neighborhood. These are the participants' top 5 priorities for community facilities and services.

Top 5 most wanted stores & services

In December 2016, HPD conducted a questionnaire on what Brownsville residents want to see on the four sites of vacant city-owned land in the neighborhood. These are the participants' top 5 priorities for retail and services.

The questionnaire results are in!

Check out the Housing Questionnaire Summary Findings and learn about:

  • Who participated in the questionnaire?
  • What types of housing did respondents want to see on the four city-owned site clusters
  • What about types of community facilities, retail, and services?
  • What are participants' preferences around building height, density, and design?

Share with us your thoughts on these findings!

What's next in the Brownsville planning process? Over the last few weeks, HPD has been meeting with its sister agencies to discuss draft strategies that could respond to what we've heard throughout the process. Last Friday, participating city agencies and community partners convened to discuss the draft strategies and begin planning the 4th public workshop. This workshop, scheduled for Saturday March 11, 2017 from 11am-2pm, aims to gather community input on the draft plan. Stay tuned for more information!

Thanks for your input! Congrats to raffle winners!

Thank you to all who participated in the housing questionnaire! We received 132 total responses from a wide diversity of neighborhood residents. We are analyzing the results and will share a summary of findings over the next week. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to Ms. Carol Perkins and Ms. Nicole Johnson, our two winners of the raffle for gift cards to 3 Black Cats Cafe on Belmont Ave. Thanks for supporting local Brownsville-owned business!

SAVE THE DATE! Our 4th public workshop is tentatively scheduled for Saturday March 11, 2017 from 11am-2pm. We will be sharing draft strategies and gathering community input and ideas. More information to come soon!

15 minutes of your time for a chance to win

If you weren't able to make it to Workshop 3, where we collected ideas for new mixed-use buildings on city-owned land in Brownsville, you can still give us your input!

Filling out the Housing Needs Questionnaire at gives us valuable information about your priorities for the future of Brownsville. And if you take the time, you'll be entered to win a gift card to 3 Black Cats Cafe on Belmont Avenue!

Please share this opportunity with your friends, family members, and neighbors!

Workshop 3 Summary and Survey reminder

First, we want to thank everyone who attended Workshop 3 on Wednesday night. We had a really productive discussions about plans for vacant, city-owned land. We have photos from the event posted to HPD's Facebook page and summary for what was heard at the workshop can be found here.

For those who couldn't make it to the workshop, we still want to hear from you! Click on the "SURVEY" tab at the top of this page to give us your input on mixed-use developments on city-owned land in the neighborhood. We'll have this survey up until December 15, so you have a few weeks to get your friends and neighbors to add their opinions too. 

Finally, we would like to encourage everyone to spend some time going through the Brownsville Neighborhood Planning Progress Report. The report summarizes lots of data and background information on the neighborhood and summarizes the feedback we have received so far. The report will be the basis for creating strategies to meet the goals of the community.

Website changes coming soon!

We have big changes coming to our coUrbanize page starting next week. After Workshop 3 on Wednesday night, we'll be adding a survey to the site for anyone who wasn't able to make it to the workshop.

If you've been waiting to add your ideas to the map, now is the time to do it because after Workshop 3 we'll be closing out new comments there. Only a few more days left!

Neighborhood Planning Workshop 3

Come join us at Workshop 3 on November 16 to dive deeper into the plan for city-owned land in Brownsville with fellow residents, business owners, community organizations, elected officials, and city agencies! At this workshop, participants will get a chance to envision the future of the community through the eyes of community developers and urban designers. With interactive activities, participants will examine vacant sites and propose programming and designs for hypothetical developments. There will be free snacks and drinks, a kid’s activity, and Spanish interpretation available.

Visit our Facebook event page for more information!

We hope to see you there!

Workshop 2 Feedback Summary

Thanks again to everyone who came to the second workshop! We just posted a summary of all the feedback from the workshop and it can be found here. In case you haven't seen it yet, we also have a Facebook album with photos from the workshop that you can check out here

We are working on scheduling another workshop to talk about future HPD developments in greater detail. Keep your eye peeled for an event in mid-November. 

Thanks for coming out!

Thank you to all who made it out to the second Brownsville Planning Workshop last Thursday. We had incredible participation from over 90 neighborhood residents who took part in focused discussions about the Livonia and Pitkin/Belmont corridors. We'll be uploading summaries of all the feedback we got at the workshop next week.

In the meantime, we have uploaded the presentation from the workshop and the maps of the corridors we used for the activities. We've also added a new section to the INFO page of this site where we will be uploading all of the feedback we receive over the course of the workshop. We just added a summary of everything we heard leading up to the second workshop. 

Neighborhood Planning Workshop 2 - Deep Dive

Save the date for our second public workshop on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at P.S./I.S. 323's Cafeteria! The goals of the workshop are to report back on major themes we've heard so far, confirm a consensus-built vision, goals, and guiding principles for the neighborhood, and dive deeper into the Pitkin Ave./Belmont Ave. and Livonia Ave. corridors. The workshop will include a brief presentation and interactive small group discussions, co-facilitated by community leaders and City agency staff. 

Please contact Giovania at 212-863-8539 with any questions about the workshop. Hope to see you there!

Neighborhood Planning at Community Events!

Since the beginning of the neighborhood planning process, the HPD team has been reaching out to organizations across Brownsville to learn about upcoming community events. As you can see on the TIMELINE, we’re taking advantage of every opportunity to come out and connect with residents face-to-face to find out what’s great about Brownsville and what could be even better. So far, we’ve tabled at BMS Summerfest and National Night Out, and we’ve loved every minute of it!

Thank you to each of the nearly 300 people who stopped by our stations and provided input; we really enjoyed meeting you and hearing your great ideas. You can check out some of the pictures we took at Summerfest HERE, and click HERE for photos from National Night Out. See you around the neighborhood!

Workshop 1 Feedback Summary

Thanks again to everyone who came out to our first neighborhood planning workshop. So many great conversations happened over the course of the evening, and we were blown away by the amount of feedback we received. We asked attendees about housing and development, transportation, economic/workforce development, open space, and neighborhood health and safety. You can check out a summary of what we learned HERE.

In addition to the workshop, the neighborhood planning team has been having a blast talking to people at community events over the past few weeks; stay tuned for an update on where we’ve been and what we’ve heard so far!

Thanks for coming to our first workshop!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Brownsville Neighborhood Planning Process kick-off last Tuesday! 75 people joined HPD and our partner agencies at the Oasis Beacon Center to discuss Brownsville’s strengths and brainstorm ways to make the community even better. We’re currently reviewing all of the feedback we received and we’re looking forward to sharing our findings in an update later this week.

The info boards from the different stations can be viewed HERE. You can also check out pictures from the event HERE

Neighborhood Planning Process Kickoff Meeting!

Welcome to the online home of HPD's Brownsville Neighborhood Planning Process. A lot of great things are happening in Brownsville right now, but we need your help to make them even better.

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is launching a community-based process to develop a coordinated plan for the future of Brownsville. We're gathering input from neighborhood residents, local organizations, elected officials, government agencies, and others to ensure that all of the stakeholders in Brownsville are on the same page and working together towards common goals. We need to hear from you!

Please contact Rachel at (212) 863-6312 with any questions about the workshop.