On Saturday, polling places opened for participatory budgeting, which gives New Yorkers the opportunity to decide how to spend small pots of city capital funds on everything from schools to parks. Many of the projects up for a vote could yield safer streets and better public spaces for neighborhoods across the city.
This year, 24 of the city’s 51 council districts are participating, with at least $1 million in discretionary capital funding on the ballot in each district. Volunteer budget delegates have spent the last few months developing and winnowing down the proposals on the ballots.
Polling sites are open until April 19. In most districts, voters must be at least 16 years old, though i some the minimum voting age is 14. One form of identification is required to vote. All ballots are available in English and Spanish, and have been translated to Chinese, Korean, Haitian Creole, Bangla, Yiddish, Polish, Russian, and Urdu in select districts.
Last month, Streetsblog previewed participatory budgeting ballots in two western Queens districts. Here’s the rundown of livable streets projects on ballots across the city.
- District 3 (Corey Johnson): Raised crosswalks at West 45th Street and Ninth Avenue (more info from CHEKPEDS); Bus Time clocks for the M11 and M12 buses; sidewalk repair on West 26th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.
- District 5 (Ben Kallos): Bus bulbs planned for the 86th Street Select Bus Service route; irrigation on the East River Greenway; additional and improved tree beds on the East River Greenway.
- District 6 (Helen Rosenthal): Building out painted pedestrian improvements at West End Avenue and West 70th Street in concrete; repairing a curb cut at the northwest corner of 93rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue; Bus Time clocks for eastbound buses on West 65th, 79th, 86th, and 96th Streets; safety improvements to the Hudson River Greenway between West 72nd and 84th Streets.
- District 7 (Mark Levine): Street lighting upgrade on Hamilton Place between West 138th and 144th Streets; street lighting upgrade on Amsterdam Avenue in Hamilton Heights; sidewalk repairs in Riverside Park; new sidewalk trees near NYCHA’s Grant Houses.
- District 8 (Melissa Mark-Viverito): Benches and sidewalk repaving at 306 East 117th Street.
- District 10 (Ydanis Rodriguez): No street-related projects on the ballot.
- District 11 (Andrew Cohen): Bus Time clocks for the Bx1, Bx10, Bx16, Bx26, and Bx34 buses.
- District 15 (Ritchie Torres): Bus Time clocks at four stops; install tree guards throughout the district.
Capital projects are on the ballot in 24 of the city’s 51 council districts. Map: NYC Council
- District 19 (Paul Vallone): Bus Time clocks for the Q12 andQ13; lighting on pathways in Little Bay Park.
- District 21 (Julissa Ferreras): Landscape upgrades for the Astoria Boulevard pedestrian malls between 94th and 108th Streets; improved lighting on Roosevelt Avenue between 90th and 114th Streets; more trees and greenery on 57th Avenue between Junction Boulevard and 99th Street in Lefrak City.
- District 22 (Costa Constantinides): Construction of a plaza on Newtown Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets; curb extensions at 21st Street and Astoria Boulevard. (See previous coverage).
- District 23 (Mark Weprin): Bus Time clocks at eight bus stops; rehabilitation of formerVanderbilt Motor Parkway as a greenway for pedestrians and cyclists.
- District 26 (Jimmy Van Bramer): Street trees on Broadway between 49th and 69th Streets; Bus Time clocks at five bus stops; bus bulbs on the corners of 31st Street at 36th and 39th Avenues; upgrades to the waterfront bikeway in Long Island City. (See previous coverage).
- District 27 (I. Daneek Miller): Road resurfacing on major streets to be determined by Community Boards 12 and 13.
- District 29 (Karen Koslowitz): Restoration of the Willow Lake Trail walking path; a traffic-calming curb extension at the intersetion of Junction and Queens Boulevards; wayfinding signs on Queens Boulevard; Bus Time clocks at eight major Q60 and Q23 bus stops; subway information screens at the 71st Avenue-Forest Hills and 63rd Drive-Kew Gardens subway stations.
- District 31 (Donovan Richards): Adding a median and greenery to Francis Lewis Boulevard between 121st and 130th Avenues.
- District 32 (Eric Ulrich): New stone pavers, landscaping, and benches for Lt. Clinton L. Whiting Square; repairing medians on Cross Bay Boulevard between 1st and 5th Roads in Broad Channel; Bus Time clocks on the Q22 bus; repairing medians on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 102nd and Beach 105th Streets.
- District 33 (Stephen Levin): Sidewalk and greenway repairs on Williamsburg Street West between Kent and Flushing Avenues; restoring historic street lamps on Atlantic Avenue between Court Street and Fourth Avenue; sidewalk extensions at three intersections on Lorimer, Manhattan, and Grand Avenues.
- District 34 (Antonio Reynoso): Curb extensions at the intersection of Meeker and Graham Avenues; greenery and paving upgrades to Macri Triangle at Meeker and Union Avenues.
- District 38 (Carlos Menchaca): New trees and tree guards across the district; adding benches an repaving the path in Sunset Park.
- District 39 (Brad Lander): Additional turnstiles at the 7th Avenue F/G subway station; building out painted pedestrian improvements on Hicks Street at Kane, Sackett, Union, and Summit Streets in concrete; a greenstreet enhancement at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street; a new art installation on Fourth Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets.
- District 44 (David Greenfield): Bus Time clocks at 10 stops along the B6 and B11 routes; planting 100 new street trees throughout Boro Park; street repair and resurfacing throughout the district; renovations to Samuel Goldberg Triangle at 65th Street and Avenue O.
- District 45 (Jumaane Williams): Resurfaced sidewalks at East 59th Street and Glenwood Road.
- District 47 (Mark Treyger): Street repairs in Gravesend and Bensonhurst; street repairs in Coney Island; intersection safety improvements at 86th Street and 25th Avenue; reconfiguring the bus stop near Coney Island Hospital at Ocean Parkway and Avenue Z.