Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC)
Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC) is an initiative by NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to support Black entrepreneurs in starting and growing thriving businesses across the five boroughs in an effort to address the racial wealth gap. While Black individuals account for over 20% of New Yorkers, only 2% own NYC businesses and […]
Hester Street is working with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to develop tools and materials for NeighborhoodStat (NStat). NStat is a component of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, which focuses on 15 NYCHA developments that have faced historic disinvestment and, as a result, persistent […]
South Bronx Community Brownfield Planning Study
With support from the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (MOER), Hester Street is collaborating with We Stay/Nos Quedamos (NQ) to take a place-based, community-driven approach to identify strategic development sites in support of the newly-formed South Bronx Land and Community Resource Trust (SBL&CRT) in the Melrose area of the South Bronx. This Community Brownfield Planning […]
Vanessa Monique Smith
Vanessa is an urban planner and design strategist with experience directing programs across public and private sectors in New York City and abroad. Her work is defined by developing urban planning and creative placemaking projects that promote community building, economic development, and health efforts. Specifically, she designs projects and programs that fulfill organizational needs, leading […]
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NYCHA’s Chelsea Working Group, consisting of selected resident leaders, NYCHA representatives, elected officials (or staff) representing the district, and several resource organizations, including the Community Service Society, is charged with assessing options for preservation of all three NYCHA developments in Chelsea—Fulton Houses, Chelsea-Elliot Houses and Chelsea Addition (totaling 2,056 units)—and making its recommendations by December.
At Hester Street, we work every day to promote civic action because we know that civic action is power – how the people shape the city. Civic action is justice – righting historic wrongs. Civic action is equity – concentrating investment in neglected neighborhoods. And civic action is love – community care, concern and connection. A critical opportunity for people-powered justice, equity and love is […]
Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards program honors individuals and teams working with governments across the U.S. that have demonstrated their ability to implement a great idea to improve public sector services and the communities they serve. The HST team is being recognized for our work on Cities RISE.