Community Planning in East New York, Brooklyn
East New York, Brooklyn, is a populous and diverse community well-connected to the transit system. It is the first neighborhood to undergo a comprehensive community planning process and be rezoned under the de Blasio administration through the framework of New York City's new affordable housing plan.
The East New York Neighborhood Plan, developed through collaboration between city agencies and community members, addresses needs for affordable housing, economic development and community resources. While zoning changes are one tool used to spur development, the plan also includes commitments to fund affordable housing, programs to support business and job growth, and investments in resources such as schools, parks, and transportation. This long-term plan has the potential to facilitate the creation of thousands of new units of affordable housing over the coming years, as well as a more livable and equitable community.
The walking tour will lead you through transit hubs, vibrant commercial corridors, residential blocks and an industrial area, with stops at key sites for new affordable housing, a new school, and a new community center. You will hear about the public engagement process and the development of the plan from city officials as well as local leaders. The tour concludes at a recently built affordable housing development that includes a community art space at the ground floor, where we will enjoy a delicious local lunch.
, Department of City Planning
Confirmed SpeakerKoren Manning is a Senior Planner and Team Leader in the Brooklyn Office of the NYC Department of City Planning. She was the project manager for the East New York Neighborhood Plan, a comprehensive plan for neighborhood development including affordable housing, jobs, and community resources in East New York and Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. She also leads a team of planners covering the neighborhoods of East New York, Brownsville, Bushwick and Bedford Stuyvesant. Koren received her Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.
Winston Von Engel
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerDirector, Brooklyn Office, NYC Department of City Planning 2014 to present. Deputy Director, 2001 to 2014. Planner and team leader, 1989 to 2001. B.Arch. Pratt Institute, 1986 M. S. City and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute, 1988 Fulbright Scholarship for study in Vienna, Austria
Confirmed SpeakerKerensa Wood is a City Planner in the Brooklyn Borough Office of the NYC Department of City Planning. She was a planner for the East New York Neighborhood Plan, a comprehensive community plan to promote affordable housing, economic development, and improved community resources. Wood is currently the planner for Greenpoint-Williamsburg, as well as a project manager for the North Brooklyn Industry & Innovation Plan. She received her MS in Urban Planning and MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.