Livable Neighborhoods Program

Helping New Yorkers become stronger advocates for their neighborhoods

2007-present

Founded on the principle that community involvement is essential to successful city planning, the Livable Neighborhoods Program (LNP) helps local leaders in under-resourced communities develop the knowledge and tools that they need to participate effectively in public land use review processes and engage in creative, community-based design and planning.

Through community visioning and educational workshops, participants become better prepared to work with developers, elected and appointed officials, and New York City agencies to advocate for the types of land use regulations and community benefits that they want and need.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 


Previous LNP partners have said:

“The structure allowed us to recruit and build more diverse (culturally, socio-economically and geographically) audiences for our workshops. The speakers were well prepared and provided useful and factual information that was accessible to the attendees. In addition, the holistic aka Feminist structure of the workshops (providing childcare and a meal) allowed some people to participate who stated clearly they would not have been able to come otherwise.”

“Thank you for the hard work and diligence of your staff. You work hard and long hours and we appreciate what you bring to our community. Plus, by offering funds for child care you really allowed working parents to participate so thank you!”

“The Livable Neighborhoods Program helps participants to confront the daunting challenges of our communities by giving the participants the tools to recognize those challenges and how to develop a successful strategy to go forward.”

“It was a great team building exercise. It was a great way to show how a community can and should be well rounded and balanced. The program gave great ideas. It was a great way for everyone to discuss and express their concerns.”

“The program exceeded our expectations as it shared what other communities are doing in other states and in this city. It left us with a working product.”

“I enjoyed working with MAS, and the organizational perspective they brought to the table. I recommend the Livable Neighborhoods Program to any and all community-based partners.”

  • LNP partners and workshop participants in Queens CB 4
    LNP partners and workshop participants in Queens CB 4
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  • LNP kick-off event in Red Hook
    LNP kick-off event in Red Hook
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  • Mapping creative and cultural assets in Bedford Park
    Mapping creative and cultural assets in Bedford Park
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  • LNP workshop in Flatbush
    LNP workshop in Flatbush
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  • LNP program materials
    LNP program materials
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  • Acting out the “spirit of the South Bronx” in Mott Haven
    Acting out the “spirit of the South Bronx” in Mott Haven
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  • Debriefing a community mapping exercise in Red Hook
    Debriefing a community mapping exercise in Red Hook
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  • Discussing neighborhood challenges and opportunities in Port Richmond
    Discussing neighborhood challenges and opportunities in Port Richmond
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2019 LIVABLE NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM 

Applications to participate in the 2019 Livable Neighborhoods Program have now closed. Please sign up for the MAS mailing list to receive notifications about future LNP opportunities.

 

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Supporters

MAS is grateful to our supporters:
  • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs logo
As well as past funders who have made this work possible:
  • Altman Foundation
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • Carnegie Endowment
  • Con Edison
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • Mizuho USA Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • NYC Department of Small Business Services
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
To the community-based partners who have participated in the program:
  • Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Asian Americans for Equality
  • Bronx Community Board 5
  • Bronx Community Board 7
  • Brownsville Partnership
  • Brownsville Community Justice Center
  • Flatbush-Nostrand BID
  • Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
  • HABNET Chamber of Commerce
  • Justice for All Coalition
  • Council Member Ben Kallos
  • Landmark East Harlem
  • Long Island City Coalition
  • Northfield Community LDC
  • Red Hook New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program
  • Queens Community Board 4
  • South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBro)
And to the content partners who have contributed their expertise to the workshops:
  • Brooklyn Borough President’s Office
  • Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
  • Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
  • Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)
  • Historic Districts Council
  • Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development
  • In Our Back Yard (IOBY)
  • Larisa Ortiz Associates
  • Manhattan Borough President’s Office
  • National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
  • New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
  • NYC Department of City Planning
  • NYC Independent Budget Office
  • NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Partnership for Parks
  • Pratt Center for Community Development
  • Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD)
  • Sustainable South Bronx
  • Transportation Alternatives
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