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Thank you to everyone for voting in PBNYC!
We will announce the winning projects in May!
Through Participatory Budgeting, community members – like you – directly decide how to spend at least $1,000,000 of the City’s budget in Council District 3. Community members can propose and vote on projects like improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing and other public or community spaces. Please fill out the form below to get involved!
The 2017 Ballot Items
Hudson Park Library Accessible Bathrooms
66 Leroy Street
This project would provide ADA accessibility to toilet facilities in the Hudson Park Library.
P.S. 111 Air Conditioning for the Library
440 West 53rd Street
Project would provide air conditioning for the library, which is used as a summer school site for hundreds of students.
Filtered Water Fountains at Lab & Museum Schools
333 West 17th Street
12 new water fountains with water filtration systems and environmentally-friendly bottle filling stations.
New Electrical Outlets at P.S. 3
490 Hudson Street
Upgrade electrical panel and two new quad outlets for 40 rooms, which would minimize overloading of the current outlets.
Tech Upgrade at High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24th Street
Funds will be used to purchase additional computers and printers to support student learning.
Grounds Renovation at NYCHA Elliott-Chelsea Houses
New playground fencing, renovate walkways, and revitalize garden areas designed with Elliott-Chelsea Houses residents
Renovation of Penn South Playground
West 26th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
A renovation and revisioning of Penn South Playground, designed with the residents of Penn South.
Jefferson Market Garden Upgrades
Greenwich Avenue and 10th Street
Replace northern chain-link fence to match existing iron fence that surrounds the garden and add new shed to house tools.
New Park in Hell’s Kitchen
10th Avenue between
48th and 49th Streets
Funds will go towards transforming an empty lot into a new public park for the people of Hell’s Kitchen.
Bleecker Playground Renovations
Hudson Street, Bleecker Street and West 11th Street
Fund will repair/replace all safety surfaces, roofs on play equipment, new trees, replant green space and more!
Real Time Rider Information at Bus Stops
Electronic boards to display real time bus arrival information at five key bus stops through Council District 3.
Historic Street Lighting for Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village Historic District
Funds would replace the old street lighting with historic lamp posts on 7th Avenue South between Christopher and Bleecker Street.
Basketball Court Renovations at Chelsea Park
West 27th Street and 10th Avenue
This project would repave and repaint the court and install new hoops.
Humanities Educational Complex Bathroom Renovation
351 West 18th Street
This project would repair a fifth floor bathroom and a library bathroom that serves the six schools in the building.
Toddler Sprinkler Resurface at Fulton Houses
The existing playground surface is crumbling and has holes in it. The area needs to be excavated and resurfaced so children can safely play in it.
PB Project Tracker
Click on a green icon to view updates on a winning project:
2016 District 3 Winners
1) New Trees for Council District 3
This project will fund new trees and new tree guards on blocks with few or no trees throughout District 3. The locations will be determined in conjunction with our block associations and community boards.
2) New HVAC System at the Muhlenberg Library
This project will replace the library’s HVAC cooling unit to ensure that the branch can continue to serve as a cool space in the summer months, which includes serving as an official NYC Cool Center.
Amount allocated: $500,000
3) New Audio / Visual Equipment for P.S. 11
A new audio / visual system in the auditorium of P.S. 11. The school needs a working A/V system to fulfill its curriculum requirements for students.
Amount allocated: $75,000
4) Real Time Rider Information At Bus Stops
These electronic Boards will display real time bus arrival information at five key bus stops, offering convenience for riders. The proposed locations will be determined in conjunction with the community and the Department of Transportation.
Amount allocated: $100,000
5) A New Library for City Knoll Public Middle School
This project will provide technological and construction updates to create a library space at City Knoll School, which is located at 425 West 33rd Street. This project will help engage students and prepare them for the skills needed in the 21st Century.
Amount allocated: $300,000
2015 District 3 Winners
1) New Park for the Community
2) Revitalization of Chelsea Waterside Park
3) Renovations for Jefferson Library Market $500,000
4) Bathroom Renovations at Lab School
3) Sidewalk Repair/Replacement
4) P.S.3 Library Renovations
5) Pedestrian Safety: Raised Crosswalks
How does it work?
PB lets the whole community participate in decision-making. It’s a yearlong process of public meetings, to make sure that people have the time and resources to make wise decisions. Community members discuss local needs and develop proposals to meet these needs. Through a public vote, residents then decide which proposals to fund.
What happens when?
Neighborhood Assemblies: September – October 2016
At public meetings in each district, community members learn about PB and discuss their community’s needs. They then brainstorm project ideas and select budget delegates.
Delegate Orientations: November 2016
Volunteer budget delegates learn about the budget process, project development, and key spending areas, then form committees.
Delegate Meetings: November 2016 – February 2017
Delegates meet in committees to transform the community’s initial project ideas into full proposals, with support from Council Member staff and other experts.
Project Expos: February-March 2017
Delegates present draft project proposals to the community and get feedback, with which they revise the projects.
Community Vote: March-April 2017
Residents vote on which projects to fund at voting sites throughout the district.
Implementation & Monitoring: April 2017 onwards
The Council Members submit their spending priorities to the City Council’s Finance Division, including the winning PB projects, for inclusion in the City budget. Community members evaluate the process, and oversee the implementation of projects.
Research and Evaluation happens throughout these stages, to improve the process for next year.