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District 34

Jennifer Gutiérrez

Williamsburg, South Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bushwick (West), Bushwick (East), Ridgewood

Brooklyn, NY (August 21, 2023) –  Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez, BetaNYC, and North Brooklyn Parks Alliance teamed up to host a first-of-its-kind, innovative event, “Mapping the Public Realm,” which took place on Monday, August 21, in the Cooper Park area of East Williamsburg. The event engaged the community in an insightful exploration of urban spaces and public areas, while also fostering a sense of empowerment among residents, creating tangible and quantitative data that will be used to advocate for more investments in the North Brooklyn community. 


We write to express our very serious concerns regarding the exclusion of North Brooklyn in any of the immediate hurricane emergency planning initiatives announced by the Mayor’s Office and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on September 1st. While we were pleased to see the thoughtful and impactful resiliency strategies and investments that are planned or in progress across our city, we cannot ignore the blatant exclusion of North Brooklyn neighborhoods, primarily Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick.