Placemaking News Archive

  • Opinion: How a Court’s Mission Aligned with its Response to Superstorm Sandy

    City & State

    Judge Alex Calabrese is stepping down from his 22-year tenure as Red Hook Community Justice Center's presiding judge. The nation's first multijurisdictional court in the country with criminal, family, and housing court cases all appearing before a single judge, this courtroom put people—and the community—at the center of justice. The model has now been replicated in jurisdictions across the country, and internationally, showing the effects of a holistic approach to justice. In this op-ed published by both City & State and NYN Media, Judge Calabrese reflects on 22 years of service, recalling times when the courtroom was turned into a crisis center to meet the needs of the moment, and all the ways in which the Justice Center improves lives in the Red Hook, Brooklyn community.

  • Changemakers in Action: Manuel Lariño

    Manuel Lariño has been with the Center for Court Innovation for over 18 years. Now in his role as associate director of Placemaking and Workforce Development, Manuel supports the teams that operate Brownsville Community Justice Center’s placemaking and mobility-from-poverty initiatives, which focus on public safety, community organizing, and neighborhood revitalization.

  • Common Council Sets Aside $800k to Help Syracuse Tenants Navigate Housing Problems

    WAER 88.3

    The Center’s Syracuse Peacemaking Center will continue operation for another two years, thanks to funding from the city’s Common Council. Program ambassadors are working with community partners and guest speakers to provide residents a safe place to talk and connect them with mental health services. Our Leah Russell tells WAER how the program has “seen firsthand how housing concerns are exacerbating mental health issues.”

  • Interview: Planner and Urban Designer Ifeoma Ebo

    Architectural Record

    Ifeoma Ebo, an urban designer and planner based in New York City, worked with the Center's Brownsville Community Justice Center and tenants of the Brownsville Houses to activate outdoor areas to build safe, shared spaces. In 2019, the Justice Center, young community members, and Ebo came together to create low-cost solutions and organized B-Lit, an event that transformed the park into a multicolored dance floor that welcomed residents of all ages.

  • Funding and a New Partnership Working to Address Why Families Aren’t Testing Homes, Children for Lead

    LocalSYR.com

    This article details the Central New York Community Foundation's outreach efforts to help homeowners make their homes safer and protect children from lead paint that could be present in homes built before the paint was outlawed in 1978. The foundation is providing a $40,000 grant to fund a partnership between the Center for Court Innovation and Planned Parenthood of Western & Central New York to host dinner and ‘Kitchen Table Talks’ with neighbors to provide them with information and the tools they need to keep their communities safe from lead.

  • Small Chats Around Kitchen Tables Focus on Lead Poisoning in High-Risk Syracuse Neighborhoods

    Syracuse.com

    This article details the Center for Court Innovation and Planned Parenthood's outreach efforts to host dinner and ‘Kitchen Table Talks’ with neighbors to provide them with information and the tools they need to keep their communities safe from lead. The Central New York Community Foundation has provided a $40,000 grant to fund a partnership between the two organizations in Western Upstate NY to help protect families and children from lead paint that could be present in homes built before the paint was outlawed in 1978.

  • Putting the Community First in Planning for a Brooklyn Neighborhood’s Future

    Pratt.edu

    In their first semester, students from Pratt’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) worked with our Brownsville Community Justice Center to come up with youth-focused economic development on Belmont Avenue. The students learned about the systemic disinvestment in the community and developed a framework for investing in and keeping resources in Brownsville while empowering the community to drive its economic development.

  • New York Is Pushing Homeless People Off the Streets. Where Will They Go?

    The New York Times

    Expounding on the many challenges when addressing housing insecurity, this New York Times article features the work of Community First, an initiative of our Midtown Community Court. The goal of Community First is to build trust with homeless populations in order to get them into longer-term housing and support. As program director Lauren Curatolo states, “We want to support you so that you eventually want to have a bed in a space.” 

  • ‘Harlem Garden Ladies’ Creating Green Space In Their NYCHA Development

    Pix11

    In an effort to bring the community together, over a dozen mothers, grandmothers, and other family members are creating more green space at their NYCHA development. Thanks to funding from the Mayor’s Action Plan and working along with Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, the “Harlem Garden Ladies” are expanding and adding more green space to the Polo Grounds Towers in Harlem. If you were to ask them, these women say "they are planting seeds and then watching the good in the community grow."

  • Whose Eyes on the Street?

    Landscape Architecture Magazine

    How can designers and advocates reckon with the uneasy history of safety in environmental design? This article explores how our Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice are working in public housing communities to build stronger, healthier public spaces.