Wednesday, October 14 • 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Neighborhood Conversations Part 3: Creative Partnership for Creative Placemaking

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Only Option: Creative Partnerships for Creative Placemaking in Flatbush 

Visit Parkside Plaza in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to hear from community member Sonya Rocvil on how she and her neighbors leveraged citizen philanthropy from within the neighborhood for a new public open space through the NYC Department of Transportation’s Plaza program. Laura Hansen from the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership will join us for a discussion about equity and public space. She will explain how she has worked with ioby to support a cohort of leaders from around the city working to make their neighborhood plazas safer, cleaner and more enjoyable. ioby has invited a representative from the NYC Department of Transportation to discuss its Plazas program and how they are working with the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership to bring the program to neighborhoods where there the amount of private investment available for public space is limited.


We’ll then walk along the edge of Prospect Park to the site of Spring Comes to the Flatbush Trees, where we will hear from Tim Thomas about how a group of neighbors came together to refurbish an unlikely community landmark. We will be joined there by the Sustainable Flatbush team to hear about how the neighborhood’s most engaged residents are taking the lead on reimagining public space.


(Public transportation to first site; conversations will take place at both sites; seating will be available.)


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Elena Callahan

Member, Parkside Plaza Committee
Elena Callahan has lived in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens/Flatbush neighborhood for 3 years.  She joined the Parkside Plaza Committee in April 2015 and has been helping to coordinate programming and fundraising for the Plaza. She has a background in community organizing, event planning... Read More →
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In Cho

Designer, Parkside Plaza
In Cho is the Parkside Plaza designer and an architect.  She is also a 9 year resident of the Flatbush / Prospect Lefferts Gardens community and member of the Parkside Plaza Committee.  Along with other members, she continues to help sustain all aspects of vitality for the Plaza... Read More →
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Sheryll Durrant

ioby Leader, Sustainable Flatbush
Sheryll Durrant is an urban farmer, educator and food justice advocate. She is the director of the urban farm and garden program for Sustainable Flatbush and is currently a 2014 certificate student in Urban Agriculture at Farm School NYC. Sheryll is a certified master composter through... Read More →
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Duane Joseph

Member, Parkside Plaza Committee
Duane Joseph has been a resident of Flatbush, specifically the Prospect Lefferts Gardens section, for 27 years and has been a member of the Parkside Plaza Committee from its inception.  Like his fellow committee members, Duane is committed to advocating for the plaza by supporting... Read More →
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Sonya Rocvil

Community Leader, Flatbush Neighborhood
Sonya Rocvil is a 13 year resident of the Flatbush / Prospect Lefferts Gardens community and a member of the Parkside Plaza Committee. Sonya joined the Parkside Plaza Committee in 2011 and with the other members of the group, she has helped advocate for the plaza development in conjunction... Read More →
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Tim Thomas

Leader, Spring Comes to the Flatbush Trees
Tim Thomas is a blogger, activist and active Community Board member in the Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn. In a period of rapid change, some would say upheaval, he sees his role as a politically conscious middle-timer. That is, someone both old and new enough to the neighborhood... Read More →
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Courtney Whitelock

Project Manager, NYC Department of Transportation
Since 2012, Courtney Whitelocke has been the Project Manager for the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program and has assisted with Summer Streets, an annual celebration of NYC’s streets. In addition, she aids with representing DOT on Percent for Art projects working... Read More →

Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Flatbush Neighborhood Conversations The Conversation will be in Flatbush, Brooklyn, but depart from Brooklyn Historical Society

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