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Format: 2017-09-25
Format: 2017-09-25

But most important, says Arif Ullah, director of programs for the Citizens Committee for New York City, are the benefits of befriending one’s neighbors. “It’s about building greater resilience on the block, because people know each other better,” Ullah says.

How block associations work to make NYC a city of neighbors
Alanna Schubach
Brick Underground
September 12, 2016

The Bedford Stuyvesant Artists’ Association and Zion Gallery launched the “My BedStuy” project this summer, working with young children to help them depict their perceptions of the neighborhood... The initiative was made possible by a grant from the Citizens Committee for New York City.

'My BedStuy' Project Seeks Young Artists to Showcase the Neighborhood
Camilla Bautista
DNAinfo
September 01, 2016

CultureCocoa ArtHouse founder Jodelyn Goode secured grants from the Queens Council on the Arts and the Citizens Committee for New York City to fund the creation of the mural. “Even in being displaced, how do you find who you are? Public artwork can validate you, even when society says you don’t matter,” said Goode. “Art is a reminder that you matter, that you’re here.

Artists make a mural of A Tribe Called Quest’s message
Patrick Donachie
Queens Times Ledger
August 04, 2016

“As an early funder and supporter of the Queens-Way, the Citizens Committee for New York City is thrilled to see this project take another major step forward in becoming a reality,” said Peter Kostmayer, Chief Executive Officer of the Citizens Committee for New York City. “These types of projects are never easy but when communities organize effectively, such as in the case of the QueensWay, great things can happen to improve the quality of life in those neighborhoods and with improvements to the environment, education, transportation, security and health, the QueensWay is a win-win for all of Queens and the City of New York.

Planning For QueensWay’s First Phase
Ariel Hernandez
Queens Tribune
July 07, 2016

“People say they support fighting global warming, and they want to elect someone that’ll do something about it — but they have a problem with carrying a reusable bag in their coat pocket,” said former Congressmember Peter Kostmayer, C.E.O. of the Citizens Committee of New York City.

It’s in the bag: Surcharge to start in February
Michael Ossorguine
The Villager
June 23, 2016

Dana Rachlin, a Brooklyn native who launched NYC Together [a 2016 Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grant recipient] to help troubled youths, said students come to the 90th Precinct after school every Tuesday for a full semester, attending workshops, going on field trips and receiving tutoring from officers.

Mural by Brooklyn youth showing bond between Williamsburg community, cops unveiled
Lauren Klose
New York Daily News
June 11, 2016

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Jordan Barker remarked, “I have seen the great work that the Citizens Committee does by connecting New Yorkers who want to effect positive change in their neighborhoods, to the funding needed to make this happen. I’m excited to be a part of this wonderful organization and I look forward to increasing the awareness of the Citizens Committee in local New York City neighborhoods.

Jordan Barker Named Vice Chair of Young Citizens Committee
Citizens Committee for New York City
June 21, 2017

Last Summer, the Citizens Committee for New York City, which works with grassroots groups in low-income areas of NYC, awarded [Lyeta] Herb a $2,700 grant for a shed, power tools and a water tank with a liquid harvesting system. The replaced beds will be the latest improvement at the garden, where Herb said a new set of 10-foot fences were installed after she said vandals trampled the lot’s plants in August 2016.

Volunteers Overhaul East New York Garden to Oust Wood-Boring Beetles
Tatyana Bellamy-Walker
DNAinfo
June 16, 2017

“Neighborhood-level compositing brings communities together around sustainable practices, and spur innovations that can be replicated across the city,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said in a statement. “This grant program is just one piece of the puzzle,” Citizens Committee for New York City CEO Peter Kostmayer added in a statement. “Still it clearly demonstrates that New Yorkers can take control of the nutrient cycle locally and sustain it over time.

East Harlem Garden Uses Coffee from Local Cafes for Composting Project
Dartunorro Clark
DNAinfo
June 06, 2017

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