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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Hester Street is one of more than 150 awardees of the $19 million NYC Complete Count Fund, the City’s first-ever community awards program focused on census-related education and organizing. This joint investment by the de Blasio Administration and City Council represents the lion’s share of the City’s total $40 million going towards census-related mobilization — […]
Hester Street was honored at a ceremony in San Antonio, TX as part of the 2019 Route Fifty Navigator Awards for our work on Cities RISE: Equitable Code Enforcement across New York State. The national awards program recognizes individuals and teams tackling challenging urban and civic problems with innovative and community-focused solutions.
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.