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We will announce the winning projects in May!

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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
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
District Wide

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
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.

Votes: 1,083
Cost: $100,000

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.

Votes: 858
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.

Votes: 813
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.

Votes: 790
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.

Votes: 686
Amount allocated: $300,000

2015 District 3 Winners

1) New Park for the Community

Votes: 1,342
Cost: $200,000

D3: New Park for the Community from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

2) Revitalization of Chelsea Waterside Park

Votes: 758
Cost: $85,000

D3: Revitalization of Chelsea Waterside Park from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

3) Renovations for Jefferson Library Market $500,000

Votes: 648
Cost: $500,000

D3: Jefferson Library from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

4) Bathroom Renovations at Lab School

Votes: 594
Cost: $560,000

D3: Bathroom Renovations at Lab School from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

3) Sidewalk Repair/Replacement

Votes: 578
Cost: $50,000

D3: Sidewalk Repair/Replacement from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

4) P.S.3 Library Renovations

Votes: 533
Cost: $35,000

D3: Bathroom Renovations for P.S. 3 + P.S. 3 Library Renovations from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

5) Pedestrian Safety: Raised Crosswalks

Votes: 532
Cost: $250,000

D3: Pedestrian Safety: Raised Crosswalks from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

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.