Description

Hester Street (HST) will work with public housing residents, non-profit organizations, manufacturers, artists, and NYC Council Members Stephen Levin and Brad Lander’s offices to develop a set of tools, a network of opportunities, and a culture of inclusion to coincide with the rezoning of Gowanus for increased density. We will focus the majority of our efforts on needs assessment, coalition building, and the community-led prioritization of recommendations from various planning processes that are currently active in the neighborhood, including the Bridging Gowanus Neighborhood Plan. A Steering Committee made up of various, local stakeholders with shared values and overlapping agendas will come together to exchange resources and work on a project to implement one or more of the recommendations in a short-term, artist led project. Along with bridging the gap between the abundant arts resources in Gowanus and public housing communities, this process aims to initiate a model for building strategic and long lasting partnerships in rapidly changing neighborhoods to work towards the common goals of preservation and access.