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3 Brooklyn Orgs Awarded Alfresco Grants for Adding to Neighborhood Vibrancy

Three organizations from Brooklyn were chosen amongst 12 winners for creating vibrant street life in neighborhoods hard-hit by the pandemic.
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Alfresco NYC – a coalition led by Design Trust for Public Space, Regional Plan Association (RPA), and Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) – on Monday announced twelve grant winners for exemplary outdoor dining structures and Open Streets across New York City’s five boroughs.

Three organizations from Brooklyn-- caribBEING, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and Red Hook Initiative-- were chosen amongst the winners for their efforts to create vibrant street life in neighborhoods hard-hit by the pandemic.

Selected from over 200 submissions, the 2022 grant winners include small businesses and community groups from every borough supporting outdoor dining and cultural programming while helping to address challenges like public safety, youth employment and food insecurity.

The one-time grants of up to $10,000 will support the Open Restaurants and Open Streets programs in neighborhoods across the City.

Winning Open Restaurants, Streets, Storefronts and Markets

caribBEING (Little Caribbean, Brooklyn): At Martense and Nostrand near Lips Cafe, the Little Caribbean Block Fete will feature an array of activities, musicians and educational opportunities. The event will offer a series of Little Caribbean Food + Culture educational walks and give visitors an opportunity to meet business owners and deepen their community knowledge.  

Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership (472 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn): Support for restaurants by providing microgrants to design and build outdoor dining structures along the corridor, activate public space, and joint marketing to support local businesses.

Red Hook Initiative (Red Hook, Brooklyn): Serving residents of Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn’s largest public housing development, RHI provides services, hosts community events, and serves food to the community weekly. At West 9th Street between Henry Street and Hicks Street, RHI will continue to support Open Streets and train residents to install and care for trees and public seating.

Other winners include Angela’s Cuisine, Angiolina’s Restaurant and Salsa Stories out of the Bronx; Assembly for Chinatown and W. 103 Street Open Streets Community Coalition out of Manhattan; Centro Cultural Barco de Papel INC, Pimpollo and RISE: Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity out of Queens; and Van Duzer Street Civic Association out of Staten Island

The coalition is now compiling research and reviewing design and policy recommendations to ensure the programs are equitable and successful. The recommendations will be published later this year.