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Coney Island

Sustainable Communities Studio

Our Clients

7 Tenant Leaders Representing 13,000 NYCHA Residents

Victoria Stancil! MARLBORO Deborah Carter! GRAVESEND Shirley Aikens! CAREY GARDENS

Victoria Lynch! CONEY ISLAND I Ilma Joyner! O'DWYER GARDENS Deborah Franklin-Reed! CONEY ISLAND

Wanda Feliciano! UNITY TOWER

Timeline

SEPT - OCT!
Existing Conditions Research Boat tour

NOVEMBER!
Community Visioning Follow-up Meeting

DECEMBER!
Finalize Recommendations

Final PSPD Presentation

Timeline

SEPT - OCT!
Existing Conditions Research Boat tour

NOVEMBER!
Community Visioning Follow-up Meeting

DECEMBER!
Finalize Recommendations

Final PSPD Presentation

Timeline

SEPT - OCT!
Existing Conditions Research Boat tour

NOVEMBER!
Community Visioning Follow-up Meeting

DECEMBER!
Finalize Recommendations

Final PSPD Presentation

Timeline

SEPT - OCT!
Existing Conditions Research Boat tour

NOVEMBER!
Community Visioning Follow-up Meeting
TODAY

DECEMBER!
Finalize Recommendations

Final PSPD Presentation

Visioning Meeting

November 2, 2013 Coney Island USA

Need for Economic Development
Compared to Brooklyn and NYC by the Numbers:!
!! Lower median household income !! Higher percent (20%) of households earning less than $10,000/year !! Higher proportion (25%) of people living below the poverty line !! Higher unemployment rate (10.2%) Median Household Income, 2011
New York City Brooklyn CI Peninsula $51,270 $44,593

$36,352

One in five households earns less than $10,000 per year!

Demographics

MHI of census tract is less than weighted average MHI of Coney Island

Lack of Access to Fresh Food
Almost 40% of Coney Island residents have to walk 10 minutes or more to access fresh fruits and vegetables

Sources: NYC DOHMH Community Health Survey 2011

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Lack of Youth Activities
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Recreational Facility Green Thumb Gardens

Percentage of population under 18 !

< 10%

11–20 %

> 21%

Sources: DCP, CUNY Mapping Service/ Center for Urban Research

Long Commutes

Percentage of residents with commutes longer than one hour! < 25% 26 - 40% > 42%
Sources: 2011 ACS 5-Year Estimates

Lack of Retail Density

Commercial

Mixed Commercial and Residential
Sources: DCP PLUTO, May 2013

2009 Rezoning

Sources: NYC DCP

Storm Surge Inundation from Sandy

Sources: DCP, OEM, DOITT

Active Players

Our Mission: Resilient Coney Island
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PHYSICAL RESILIENCE! Mayor’s SIRR Report

COMPREHENSIVE RESILIENCE! Our community-based plan

Strategy for Community Organization
Compete for limited resources Combine to secure greater resources

Organizing for Empowerment

Guide for Community Organization!
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Our Vision for Coney Island

Objectives Better Access to Services A Thriving Local Economy Engaged and Prepared Youth A Safe and Healthy Community Enhanced Infrastructure

Objectives and Proposals

ADVOCATE FOR STREET FURNITURE

LABOR ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN

WATERFONT EXPLORATION CENTER

COMMUNITY LED PREPAREDNESS PLAN

REVIVE HISTORIC TROLLEYS

BETTER ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION

BOARDWALK MARKET

COMMUNITY RADIO

HEALTH CLINIC

STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS

ADVOCATE FOR STREET FURNITURE BUSINESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM YMCA AFFORDABLE FEE STRUCTURE
CONEY ISLAND TECHNOLOGY CENTER

FRESH FOOD NETWORK

CONEY ISLAND FERRY SERVICE

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

PARK VENDOR PERMITTING PROCESS

BICYCLE COOPERATIVE / KITCHEN

OUR BOARDWALK

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMED PLAZA

Better Access to Services

ADVOCATE FOR STREET FURNITURE IMPROVE ACCESS TO SPORTS FIELDS

YMCA AFFORDABLE FEE STRUCTURE

BETTER ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Improve Access to Sports Fields
Community Center Poster
Guide for park and field permit applications

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Advocate for better access to park space!
Give priority to local residents and nonprofit groups !! Simplify the system !! Follow-up for denied permits

Arthur De Gaeta

I have kids who want to play sports, and they can’t. The longer it takes [to access fields] we’re losing the kids.

Better Access to Transportation
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the wait is too long for buses and even longer during inclement weather

A Thriving Local Economy

WORKFORCE ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN

BOARDWALK MARKET

FOOD / FLEA MARKET PERMITTING PROCESS

MERMAID AVE. BUSINESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Workforce Organizing Campaign
Form a NYCHA resident local hiring group!
DEMAND! !! Local hiring with new developments !! Transparency in the hiring process !! Strict enforcement of Section 3 for NYCHA repairs !! Local hiring from existing businesses CAMPAIGN OPPORTUNITIES! !! YMCA !! New developments !! Shore Theater !! Amphitheatre, Child’s Restaurant CASE STUDY! Equal Voice Network (Rio Grande Valley, TX) Ensure NYCHA’s voice is heard — require developers to hire local residents

We need more local job opportunities.

Boardwalk Market
28TH to 33RD Streets!
!! Bring tourism/amusement dollars down the boardwalk !! Reclaim the boardwalk for the NYCHA Residents !! Vendor preference for Mermaid Avenue stores, local businesses, NYCHA residents ! CASE STUDY! Southside Connex Street Festival (Williamsburg, BK)

We need more places to shop and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Engaged and Prepared Youth

WATERFONT EXPLORATION CENTER

COMMUNITY RADIO

CONEY ISLAND TECHNOLOGY CENTER

BICYCLE COOPERATIVE / KITCHEN

Waterfront Exploration Center
Create a center for youth education at Coney Island Creek that could also serve as a base for eco-tourism business!
!! !! !! !! ! PARTNERS! !! New York Aquarium !! NYC Dept. of Parks !! Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Education & recreation Skill-development Vocational stepping-stone Economic driver

I know John Dewey H.S. had some marine biology classes. Maybe we could have something like that?

Waterfront Exploration Center

POTENTIAL SITE: Former Fire Pumping Station ADDRESS: 2327 Neptune Ave OWNER: Dept. of City Administrative Services LOT SIZE: 68,244 sq ft GROSS FLOOR AREA: 4,500 sq ft CURRENT USE: Inactive since 1970’s

I know John Dewey H.S. had some marine biology classes. Maybe we could have something like that?

Community Radio
Make Your Voices Heard With Internet Radio Technology!
•! •! •! •! Free or inexpensive software User-friendly Easily connected Can be run from home/church/school

BASIC PODCASTING SOFTWARE! •! Audio Recorder/Editor •! MP3 Encoder •! Media Player •! File Transfer Software

FREE! ! $

How do we get radio to Coney Island?”

A Safe and Healthy Community

FRESH FOOD NETWORK

COMMUNITY LED PREPAREDNESS PLAN

OUR BOARDWALK

HEALTH CLINIC

Fresh Food Access Network
Organize fresh food access at local corner stores!
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!! Build relationships with local residents and businesses to show the demand for fresh food in the area. !! Source fresh food to be distributed to local businesses who agree to sell !! Engage local youth to get involved with distribution, maintenance, and network building CASE STUDIES! !! Food Trust (PA) !! HNSA Network (CA)

Some of us have to walk over a mile to access fresh food

Build Local Resiliency
Form a Long-Term Preparedness Working Group!
!! Engage & train in climate change, disaster planning and recovery !! Create a community hub, build capacity of CB13 CERT !! Develop & distribute a disaster preparedness plan and training program

PARTNERS!

There is research that needs to be done, block by block.

Permanent Health Clinic

We want good services — not just referrals.

Potential Health Clinic Site
32nd Street & Surf Avenue
!! !! ! Owner: Beach Front 8,075 sq ft

PARTNERS!
!! !! !! !! !! !! ! !! !! Coney Island Hospital The Robin Hood Foundation Public Health Solutions NYC DOHMH Community Health Network Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

CASE STUDIES
Brooklyn Free Clinic Queens Health Center

Enhanced Infrastructure

STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS

REVIVE HISTORIC TROLLEYS

MANHATTAN TO CONEY ISLAND FERRY SERVICE

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMED DOT PLAZA

Streetscape Improvements
Create streets that engage and enrich the community!

Design for Safety

Design for Context

CASE STUDY! Hoyt Ave near RFK Bridge (Astoria, QN)

Design Streets as Public Spaces

Design for Sustainability

We have a thriving community, but no stores.

Streetscape Improvements
Plaza Space! Business Sector! Green Infrastructure!

Neptune Ave., 33-37st

Mermaid Ave., 27-29st

Surf Ave., 29-32st

Revive Historic Trolleys

Connecting the Peninsula!
!! Solve transportation issues !! Spark new economic activity !! Preserve Coney Island’s history as it enters a new era of development

History is being erased by development.

Manhattan to Coney Island Ferry
Connect Coney Island Creek to Manhattan!
30 Minutes to Lower Manhattan Increased tourism to area beyond Amusement Zone Waterfront revitalization and new open space Connection to Home Depot and Calvert Vaux Park Free or low-cost fares for Coney Island residents $ Concrete Pier at W. 21st Street! !! !! !! !! !!

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Vision for Coney Island

Vision for Coney Island
Safe ! & Healthy! Engaged ! & Prepared!

Enhanced!

Thriving!

Well-Served!

Thank You
PLAN 810 Sustainable Communities Studio, Fall 2013 ! City and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute
Professors Eddie Bautista, Beth Bingham, Stuart Pertz, & Ron Shiffman Students Daniel Arnow, Erin Buchanan, Lydia Chapman, Benjamin Dodd, Acacia Dupierre, Matthew Garcia, Inna Guzenfeld, Wenkai Kuo, Sarah Serpas, Gahl Shottan, Risa Shoup, Nigel Teekasingh, Melanie Truhn, Victoria Vele

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