Monday, September 22, 2014

WORKING TOGETHER: THEY GET JOBS AND TRAINING, WE GET A CLEANER, GREENER CHURCH AVENUE

City Councilmember Brad Lander allocated to Church Avenue and Kensington Plaza the majority of the funding provided to his district in the City Council budget for the NYC Cleanup Initiative. Brad is flanked by the workers from the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE).


The workers from ACE, together with the Horticultural Society of New York, will beautify Church Avenue from Ocean Parkway to Story Street and Kensington Plaza. As Brad Lander wrote below, they "will sweep sidewalks, remove liners from trash and recycling baskets, clean tree pits, and remove snow from corners" and will also provide seasonal plantings in tree pits and water them.



Henry Buhl (left), who founded ACE's predecessor organization in 1992, with Brad Lander

Brad Lander with Kensington Plaza Stewards 
Bridget Elder (in blue shirt) and JC Martinez (wearing a cap)

Kensington Plaza Stewards Mike Rosenbluth and Sue Braverman. Mike is describing the satisfaction he gets from helping his neighborhood.


Community Board 12 president Yidel Perlstein (left) and Sergeant at Arms Larry Jayson


The Walgreens branch manager, Al (left), and the supervisor of Walgreens' Brooklyn pharmacies, Daniel. Al and Daniel talked about how happy they are to have the plaza in front of their store and how it has increased foot traffic into it.

And now, a word from our City Councilmember Brad Lander, who has worked alongside the residents of Kensington for years to make our neighborhood cleaner, greener, and safer.