Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Know Your Lines

Making Policy Public

Know Your Lines

Resources

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The Academy of Urban Planning is a public school in Bushwick with an urban planning theme-based curriculum.

Advocates for Children of NY works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure.

Alexander Gorlin Architects is an internationally recognized design firm with a portfolio spanning from high-end residences to affordable housing.

Alliance for Quality Education is a NY-statewide nonprofit that unites parents, children’s advocates, schools, teachers, clergy, and others to fight for high quality public education.

American Association of University Women promotes equity for all women and girls, life-long education, and positive societal change.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all of those who are in need.

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development’s (ANHD)  program and policy work are centered on promoting a progressive, comprehensive housing agenda for New York City’s neighborhoods.

Astoria’s Energy cogeneration power plant in Queens currently produces about 10% of NYC’s electricity.

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The Baum Forum organizes annual conferences about food and farming issues and invited CUP to its 2008 conference on Schools, Food, and Community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City is a non profit organization whose mission is to provide children facing adversity in New York City with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 mentoring relationships with adults that change their lives for the better, forever.

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is one of twenty-three colleges within The City University of New York, BMCC shares CUNY’s mission to preserve academic excellence and extend higher educational opportunity to a diversified urban population.

The Brennan Center for Justice is a non-partisan public policy and law 
institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice.

Bronx Health Reach is a community coalition working to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.

Bronx High School for the Visual Arts provides students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that fosters an appreciation for the (visual) arts, meeting city and state standards for college and career readiness, in a diverse, safe, nurturing environment with strong parental involvement.

The Brooklyn College Community Partnership (BCCP) creates networks of educational innovation that connect under-served youth, local middle and high schools, high-need communities, and Brooklyn College.

Bway.net is an independent ISP founded with the goal of providing the highest quality Internet service for the residents of New York City.

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CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.

Capital Construction is responsible for “mega projects” including the 7 Line extension.

Capsys is a manufacturer of high-quality steel-frame prefabricated buildings and modular homes based in New York City.

The Center for Court Innovation is a nonprofit think tank that helps courts and criminal justice agencies aid victims, reduce crime, and improve public trust in justice.

Center for Family Life, a program of SCO Family of Services, is a neighborhood-based family and social services organization with deep roots in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

The Center for Financial Services Innovation is the nation’s leading authority on financial services for underbanked consumers.

The Center for Media Justice provides training, resources, and support to grassroots community organizing groups to develop creative, effective, and participatory communications and media activism strategies that support the fight for racial justice, economic equity, and human rights.

Center for Social Inclusion identifies causes of racial inequity at a systems level and works with partners to find solutions that promote equity and fairness.

Chhaya is dedicated to creating stable and sustainable communities by increasing civic participation and addressing the housing and community development needs of New Yorkers of South Asian origin and their neighbors.

The Child School is a K-8 school on Roosevelt Island.

Citizen’s Guide to the Airwaves is a report by the New America Foundation that aims to educate the public about the tremendous value, government mismanagement, and impending giveaway of the nation’s airwaves.

City Limits is a New York City-based nonprofit news agency that publishes investigative and in-depth reporting on urban life and policy.

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families the nation’s only pan Aisan children’s advocacy organization, aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families in NYC

Community Mediation Services in Queens, NY has a holistic approach to conflict resolution.

Community Service Society’s mission is to identify problems, which create a permanent poverty class in New York City, and to advocate the systemic changes required to eliminate such problems.

Community Solutions is a registered 501©(3) organization that helps communities solve the complex problems facing their most vulnerable, hard hit members.

Community Voices Heard is a member organization of low-income people with experience on welfare, building power in New York City and State to improve the lives of our families and communities.

Con Edison is a local utility company. They own the wires and pipes that transport energy to most of NYC, and control the distribution of electricity.

Credit Where Credit is Due provides financial counseling programs in response to the growing financial disenfranchisement of Upper Manhattan.

CUNY College Now at City Tech is a free City University of New York program designed to prepare NYC’s public high school students for success in college.

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Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) is a collaborative endeavor to preserve and protect clean air, land and water as a civil and basic human right in the face of the threat posed by the shale gas extraction industry.

Damayan Migrant Workers Association is a grassroots organization of Filipino migrant workers, primarily women domestic workers.

Department of City Planning (DCP) is responsible for initiatives like Zone Green, an amendment to city regulations that aims to improve New York City’s energy use by promoting green building.

Department of Design and Construction (DDC) focuses on major city construction projects. It builds many of the civic facilities New Yorkers use every day, such as: firehouses, libraries, police precincts, courthouses, and senior centers.

Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public space in New York City. In the spring 2008 they launched the Reinventing Grand Army Plazaideas competition.

DIA Art Foundation is a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts organization renowned for initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects.

Domestic Workers United is an organization of Caribbean, Latina, and African women, and women of African descent, working as nannies, housekeepers, and elder care providers in New York, who are organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards, and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all.

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East Brooklyn Congregation an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, is multi-faith community organization working to improve conditions in Brownsville and East New York.

EBC School for Public Service is a school where each person will be encouraged to make a lifelong commitment to his/her own education and to public service.

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Families for Freedom is a New York based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing deportation. It is a source of education and action for directly affected families, and an organizing support center for directly affected communities.

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) is a Brooklyn-based multi-racial organization made up almost exclusively of women of color.  We organize low-income families to build power to change the system so that all people’s work is valued and all of us have the right and economic means to decide and live out our own destinies.

Fast Trash is an exhibit on the Roosevelt Island AVAC system, created by Juliette Spertus.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency works to improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) mission is to advance economic and social justice in South Brooklyn principally by developing and managing affordable housing and community facilities, creating economic opportunities, organizing residents and workers, providing student-centered adult education, and combating displacement caused by gentrification.

The Fortune Society supports a broad array of alternative-to-incarceration and reentry initiatives for people with criminal records.

Department of City Planning FRESH Initiative provides zoning and financial incentives to promote the establishment and retention of neighborhood grocery stores in underserved communities throughout the five boroughs.

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GOLES is a neighborhood housing and preservation organization that has served the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1977. 

Good Jobs First is a national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development and smart growth for working families.

Good Jobs New York assists New York City community leaders who want to learn about economic development projects in their neighborhoods; journalists seeking reliable information; and grassroots groups and elected officials hoping to improve specific deals and/or reform economic development policies.

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) aims to build up the people and break down the lines that divide us, especially by age, race, gender, language, and income. We stand with the great unnumbered for good housing, good jobs, fresh air, public space, and services.

Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation’s mission is to cultivate and activate an innovative future vision for the greater Gowanus region of Brooklyn, which includes South Brooklyn and Red Hook.

Grand Army Plaza Coalition is an alliance of stakeholders in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, encompassing community groups, cultural organizations, and advocates who work together to improve the welfare of Grand Army Plaza.

Green Beans not Walgreens is organizing to bring a supermarket to the Windsor Terrace neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center is a nonprofit developer of industrial space.

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HabitatMap is a non-profit environmental health justice organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health.

Hester Street Collaborative’s (HSC) mission is to empower residents of underserved communities by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to have a direct impact on shaping their built environment.

Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc. are dedicated to advancing social and economic justice and fighting for the rights of poor, low-income and working individuals and families. With a primary focus on strengthening and preserving affordable housing, we seek to promote a vibrant and diverse community with the power to shape its own future.

Housing Court Answers (formerly City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court) helps people in New York City navigate the complex world of Housing Court and NYC’s tangle of housing laws and regulations.

HUD – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines the numbers that determine affordability throughout the country.

Hudsonyard’s Development Corporation (HYDC) is spearheading the implementation of the City’s Hudson Yards development program.

Hudsonyard’s Infrastructure Corporation (HYIC) manages and coordinates the financing involved in the project (like issuing bonds).

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The Immigrant Defense Project protects and expands the rights of all immigrants, focusing on those who are accused or convicted of crimes.

Insideschools is a site written by journalists, public school parents, and public school advocates dedicated to providing the best independent information about New York City’s public schools.

Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California organizes and educates immigrants concerned with solving problems in their own communities.

International Community High School is a progressive public high school in the South Bronx for English Language Learners.

Insurance Information Institute attempts to improve public understanding of insurance—what it does and how it works. 

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Jetro Cash and Carry is a wholesale supplier for food businesses and nonprofits, servicing many of New York’s bodegas.

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Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement.

Brad Lander is a member of the New York City Council representing the 39th Council District in Brooklyn. He is working on a proposal to map out city-owned facilities and related health issues online.

Legal Services NYC’s Language Access Project works to ensure that low-income New Yorkers with limited English proficiency (LEP) have access to programs and services for which they are eligible.

The Longshore Workers’ Coalition is a movement of International Longshoremen’s Association members and retirees organizing to build a stronger and more democratic longshore union.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center works toward a more sustainable New York City by providing community-based recycling and composting programs, developing local stewardship of green space, and increasing community awareness, involvement and youth development through environmental education programs.

Lyons Community School is a small school in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, committed to providing a broad, stimulating experience in the liberal arts, and preparing students in grades 6 – 12 for college, healthy adulthood and life-long learning.

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MAG-Net is a local-to-local network of grassroots organizations working together to advance a shared agenda for media justice.

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Materials for the Arts is New York’s premiere reuse center, providing a way for companies and individuals to donate unneeded supplies to thousands of nonprofit organizations with arts programming and public schools.

Matthew Casey and Associates performs supermarket site evaluations, real estate strategy, and consumer research for supermarkets and developers. 

The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit is a resource where you can find your local community board.

Media Literacy Project is a nationally recognized leader in media literacy resources and education.

The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC) was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through five program areas: Community Organizing and Advocacy, Social Services, Civic Participation, Youth, and Culture.

MTA is responsible for public transportation like subways and buses in the state of New York.

Municipal Art Society (MAS) fights for intelligent urban design, planning and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy.

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Nehemiah Housing Development Funding Corporation is the developer of the Nehemiah Spring Creek Houses, in affiliation with East Brooklyn Congregations.

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is a community-based, non-profit organization that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power in their communities and beyond. 

New Settlement’s Bronx Helpers is a youth development and community service program that empowers young people to make positive change in their neighborhoods.

New York City College of Technology is the designated college of technology of The City University of New York, currently offering both baccalaureate and associate degrees, as well as specialized certificates.

New York City Council is the law-making body of New York City

The New York City Department of Homeless Services provides emergency shelter for individuals and families who have no other housing options available.

The New York City Department of Education high school page has lots of links, including notifications of upcoming tests and auditions for specialized high schools, and an online version of the high school directory.

New York City Department of Transportation provides for the safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods in the City of New York.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is a nonprofit corporation responsible for promoting economic and real estate development in New York City.

The New York City Environmental Fund was established in 1994 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Hudson River Foundation to foster active community stewardship of waterways, shorelines, parklands and open spaces in and around New York City.

The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance is a non-profit city-wide membership network linking grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery, and collects and disseminates emergency information. 

The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all.

New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) monitors the transmission of electricity throughout New York State, as well as the wholesale electricity markets where power is bought and sold.

New York Jobs with Justice brings together labor, community, student, and faith voices at the national and local levels to win improvements in people’s lives and shape the public discourse on workers’ rights and the economy.

The New York State Department of State runs the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program, with technical assistance provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

New Yorkers for Parks is the citywide independent organization championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.

The Newtown Creek Alliance is a community organization dedicated to revitalIzing, restoring, and revealing Newtown Creek.

The Newtown Creek Brownfield Opportunity Area is a community-based economic development planning process focused on the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites along Newtown Creek.

NYSERDA the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, researches and funds projects to reduce New York’s energy consumption.

The NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy.

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The Office of School Foods is committed to promoting healthy food choices amongst NYCstudents and maintaining high nutritional standards while offering delicious and satisfying menu choices.

Old School New School is the site that the project team created to guide you through the high school application process. It features accessible graphics, playful animations, and friendly guidance from high school students who have already gone through it all. 

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The Participatory Budgeting Project works on initiatives to put decision-making power over public budgets into the hands of community members.

Partnerships for Parks (PfP) is a joint program of NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation that helps New Yorkers work together to make neighborhood parks thrive.

Pathways to Graduation provides students aged 17 – 21 with free, Department of Education classes to prepare for a successful future, through earning their High School Equivalency Diploma.

PBNYC is the home of New York City’s first participatory budgeting effort.

People’s Production House is a journalism training and production institute focused on producing stories that bring unheard voices to the fore.

Picture the Homeless is a grassroots organization founded and led by homeless people.

The Point CDC is a nonprofit dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx.

Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) embraces a vision in which people strive together to build an equitable, diverse, engaged, and flourishing community in central Brooklyn.

The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers, by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures

Prospect Park Alliance is a public-private partnership with the city that supports the restoration and preservation of the Brooklyn park.

Public Works Partners is a management-consulting firm whose work strengthens the organizations that strengthen our communities.

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RECYouth, hosted at select computer resource centers in New York City, offers free digital technology workshops and classes for pre–teens and teens, and exposes them to marketable multimedia skills as they discover their creative imaginations; develop community awareness; and make movies, photographs, animations, and music.

The Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court.

Remás is a Brooklyn organization that helps immigrants understand their financial choices and improve their options for achieving financial prosperity.

Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) develops and implements innovative individual models that build resilience – the ability to bounce back from adversity – in low-income children and youth.

The Retail Action Project (RAP) is an organization of retail workers dedicated to improving opportunities and workplace standards in the retail industry. 

Right of Way’s mission is to assert the public right of way and turn the streets into vibrant public space for all.

RIVAA Gallery is exhibit space on Roosevelt Island, run by the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association.

RiverBay Corporation manages Co-op City, a housing cooperative in the Bronx, and provides power to its 50,000 residents with the city’s first trigeneration power plant.

Riverkeeper is a nonprofit dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

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South Brooklyn Legal Services (SBLS) seek equal justice for low-income people in Brooklyn by providing a broad range of legal advocacy and information, helping empower poor people to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty in their communities.

Spaceworks is a not-for-profit cultural community development organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists in New York City.

The Street Vendor Project, part of the Urban Justice Center, is a membership-based organization of more than 700 vendors who work together to protect the rights of vendors and promote vendor-friendly reform.

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Teachers Unite is an independent membership organization of public school educators supporting collaboration between parents, youth and educators fighting for social justice. 

The Tenement Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, America’s iconic immigrant neighborhood; forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America’s evolving national identity.

Tenants & Neighbors is the largest tenant’s rights organization in New York State, with 15,000 members. For more than 30 years, through grassroots organizing, T&N has forged a powerful movement in the fight to preserve affordable housing, strengthen tenant protections, and sustain diverse and livable communities.

Thread Collective explores the seams between building, city, and the environment, stitching together these diverse elements through innovative design and research.

Transportation Alternatives’ mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile and to promote bicycling, walking, public transit.

Turbo Vote is an application designed to make voting easy.

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UPROSE is dedicated to the development of Southwest Brooklyn and the empowerment of its residents primarily through broad and converging environmental, sustainable development, and youth justice campaigns. Founded in 1966, it is Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization.

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income tenants control their housing through the creation of limited-equity cooperatives. UHAB also helps tenants preserve existing and affordable housing by empowering them to make proactive decisions about the future of their homes.

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City’s most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing.

Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) brings together New York City students to fight for real education reform that puts students first.

Urbane Development is a community and economic development firm specializing in neighborhood scale development and revitalization of urban commercial and retail amenities, particularly in underserved communities.

The US Social Security Administration oversees the Social Security.

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Vanguard High School is a Title 1 school in Manhattan committed to cultivating the resources necessary to become literate, articulate, analytical, reflective, and empathetic citizens.  

VozMob is a platform for immigrant and/or low-wage workers in Los Angeles to create stories about their lives and communities directly from cell phones.

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WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritous affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self reliance and community empowerment.

Women are Getting Even works to end discrimination against women in the American workplace in the near future.

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The Youth Justice Board is an after-school program that brings together young people to study and propose solutions to the public safety challenges that most affect them.

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

Meet the Gun Laws

City Studies

Meet the Gun Laws

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?