This Week: Brooklyn Greenway, How to Join a Community Board

Tired of travesties like the repeated delay of important complete streets projects at Manhattan Community Board 7? Electing City Council members with a strong commitment to safer walking and biking is probably the biggest key to moving things forward, but you can have a more direct impact by getting yourself appointed to your local community board. (The two are related — after all, it’s the electeds who do the appointing.)

In the past few years, fresh voices have made a big difference for livable streets at the community board level, helping to secure votes of support for projects like the First and Second Avenue protected bike lanes. If you live in Manhattan and want to see what it takes to join, head over to Tuesday’s community board info session hosted by Borough President Scott Stringer.

  • Tonight: DOT hosts a public workshop to gather ideas for the proposed George B. Post Plaza at the intersection of Bedford and Broadway by the Williamsburg Bridge. 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Brooklyn Community Board 2’s transportation committee will hear a presentation from DOT evaluating the Fowler Square plaza as the board considers supporting a capital project to build a permanent space. St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Learn what Manhattan community boards do and how to apply to join one in 2013 at this info session. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The first permanent segment in the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is expected to come up for a vote by the Brooklyn Community Board 1 transportation committee. This is an important one to speak up for: Committee chair Wilfredo Florentino was resistant to the redesign proposed for West Street when the project came up last month. 6:30 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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