Livable Neighborhoods Program: 2017 Program

Logos for groups involved in the Livable Neighborhoods Program request for proposal


The 2017 LNP Workshops have concluded. The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is partnering with Queens Community Board 4 and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) to host four capacity-building workshops for residents of Corona/Elmhurst and Mott Haven to better understand and influence City land use planning. Community-based partners were selected from a pool of more than 40 applications.

The workshops are presented as part of MAS’s Livable Neighborhoods Program, with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2017 sessions will include special emphasis on creating vibrant, inspiring public spaces as the City rolls out its first-ever comprehensive cultural plan, CreateNYC.

The Saturday workshops (scheduled for April 29 and May 20 in Queens and June 3 and 10 in the Bronx) will be free and open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about creative placemaking and cultural planning is encouraged to attend.

To learn more, read the full press release.

For more information, please contact Joanna Crispe, Director of Community Engagement and Education at or (212) 935-3960 x1226.

Workshop Information


Workshop 1:
Saturday, April 29th
Italian Charities of America
83-20 Queens Boulevard (2nd Floor)
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Workshop 2:
Saturday, May 20th
Queens Library at Lefrak City
98-30 57th Avenue
Corona, NY 11368

Mott Haven

Workshop 1:
Saturday, June 10th
11am – 3pm
SoBRO – 555 Bergen Avenue (3rd Floor)
Bronx, NY 10455

Workshop 2:
Saturday, June 17th
11am – 3pm
SoBRO – 555 Bergen Avenue (3rd Floor)
Bronx, NY 10455

About Queens Community Board 4

Community Board #4Q encompasses the communities of Corona (south of Roosevelt Avenue), Corona Heights, and Elmhurst. The boundaries of CB #4Q are Roosevelt Avenue to the North, Flushing Meadow Corona Park to the East, Horace Harding Expressway to the South, and New York Connecting Railroad (CSX) to the West. The communities of Corona, Corona Heights, and Elmhurst are experiencing dramatic growth and change. CB #4Q is hard at work to ensure that any growth benefits local residents and workers and improves the quality of life in our community. CB #4Q is home to many vibrant shopping areas such as the Queens Center Mall, Queens Place, Corona Plaza, and 82nd Street. Elmhurst Hospital is located within CB #4Q. We also take pride and a special interest in Flushing Meadow Corona Park, our neighbor and Queens largest park.

About SoBRO

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating and implementing innovative economic, housing, educational, and career development programs for youth and adults. SoBRO was established in 1972 to reverse the flight of businesses and jobs from the South Bronx. Recognizing that rebuilding a community had to be a multifaceted effort – which required replacing vacant lots with businesses and housing, addressing poverty by creating jobs and training people for those jobs, and insuring a brighter future for the community’s young people – over the years SoBRO has expanded to meet the needs of the Bronx.


Creative Placemaking
By Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa
Published by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2010

Creative Placemaking: Integrating Community, Cultural and Economic Development
By Leonardo Vazquez
Published by the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, 2012

How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development
Edited by Jason Schupbach and Don Ball
Published by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2016