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The Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., is known for many things, among them huge public housing projects, extremely high poverty and crime. Last summer, a one-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed as he sat in a stroller in the neighborhood.But that's one side of life in Brownsville. Down the street from that murder, on weekday mornings, is another side.
Since 2011, Community Solutions, a national non-profit founded by Rosanne Haggerty, has been working to empower communities to develop their own systems-level solutions to complex social challenges. The stated goal of their many different projects and initiatives is to “change public systems so that homeless families and individuals can get the transformative help they need at a lower public cost.” Their work, however, touches many different individuals, not only the chronically underhoused.
When the New York City Housing Authority built the Brownsville and Tilden Houses in Central Brooklyn 65 years ago, they didn’t think much about the street grid. Far more important in their minds were the units, the courtyards and the cost. Decades later, however, residents who are fed up with dangerous traffic and difficult street crossings are fighting to remedy the error of that oversight, and T.A. is helping out.
Seeing Dasani Coates standing alongside the dignitaries at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month was a heartening sign. In December, the 12-year-old girl’s struggles living with her family in a decrepit city shelter had been vividly captured in this newspaper in Andrea Elliott’s series “Invisible Child.” Dasani’s story struck a chord.
BROWNSVILLE — Lifelong Brownsville resident Linda Beckford will warn you to "be careful" strolling a block in her neighborhood, the murder capital of New York where a toddler was killed just last weekend. The 70-year-old retiree scans the street on her short jaunts to the grocery, and she avoids leaving home after dark.
If you live in New York City and ride the subways or buses, you’ve probably seen the posters telling you of the dangers of eating too much sugar and being overweight or obese. Those posters are part of a citywide campaign to get residents healthier, because in New York City in 2011 almost a quarter of all adults were obese — while in Brooklyn, according to the New York State Department of Health, more than half of residents were obese or overweight.
Rosanne Haggerty, the founder and president of a group called Community Solutions, a national nonprofit that seeks to alleviate homelessness in impoverished areas, says that Brownsville “is a community with an awful lot to work with,” despite whatever troubles persist.
Though several New York mayors have grappled with the issue of homelessness over the years, the most populous city in America is also home to one of t
Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview folks involved in Brooklyn real estate, architecture, development and the like. Introducing Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, the Director of the Brownsville Partnership. The Brownsville Partnership is a part of Community Solutions, a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities to end homelessness.
Pitkin Avenue is a three-mile stretch of central Brooklyn beginning just past the eastern boundary of Crown Heights, extending into East New York, and leaving its greatest claim to distinction in Brownsville. From the 1910s through the ’40s, when Brownsville’s population was composed largely of Jewish immigrants, Pitkin Avenue and the various side streets emerged as Brooklyn’s most significant retail thoroughfare, supplying poor and working-class residents with what they needed—vegetables, shoes, chickens—and outsiders with what they desired: refrigerators, sofas, jewelry.