Get Ready for another round of Participatory Budgeting!

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Participatory Budgeting 2014-2015 is here!

Project proposals for 2015 are now complete.  Get ready to vote by checking out a 2015 sample ballot on our Councilman Steve Levin’s website here.

What is PBNYC?

In New York, Participatory Budgeting (or PB) is a new and growing program in which district residents participate directly in the city budgeting process by deciding how to spend a minimum of $1,000,000 per district in city funds. These funds can go towards capital projects in our parks, our schools—or wherever else the residents of our district decide. This year the project will include 23 City Council districts pledging almost $25 million in funding for community developed proposals.

Neighborhood Assemblies

Neighborhood Assemblies, held each year in early fall, are the foundation of the Participatory Budgeting process. Residents come together to meet, brainstorm and share ideas for projects that will be developed over the following months by volunteer committees. These events provide the ideas, inspiration and volunteers that power the rest of the Participatory Budgeting process. If you want to get involved in Participatory Budgeting a Neighborhood Assembly should be your first stop.

Neighborhood Assemblies for 2014-2015 have concluded. Thanks to everyone who participated for bringing your great ideas!

2015 Participatory Budgeting Project Expo

The Participatory Budgeting Project Expos are the culmination of months of hard work by community volunteers called ‘budget delegates.’ This year, the project expo will be integrated into several voting locations so that residents can view our final projects and cast their vote in the same spot. The project expo will be available at the following voting locations:

McCarren Park Play Center – 776 Lorimer Street.
Saturday, April 18th from 12 PM – 5 PM.

YWCA – 30 3rd Avenue.
Sunday, April 19th from 12 PM – 5 PM.


Voting will take place this spring with dates to be determined. Anyone at least 14 years of age who lives in the 33rd district is eligible to vote in this project. Voting will take place at the times and locations listed below. You can also find this information on this flyer, which I encourage you to send to your friends and neighbors.

Greenpoint Library – 107 Norman Street.
Monday, April 13th 10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday, April 14th – Thursday, April 16th 10 AM – 8 PM.
Friday, April 17th 10 AM – 6 PM.

Down to Earth Farmers Market – 129 Russell Street.
Sunday, April 19th 12 PM – 5 PM.

McCarren Park Play Center – 776 Lorimer Street.
Saturday, April 18th 12 PM – 5 PM.

Williamsburgh Library – 240 Division Avenue.
Monday, April 13th 10 AM – 6 PM.
Tuesday, April 14th 10 AM – 8 PM.
Wednesday, April 15th – Friday, April 17th 10 AM – 6 PM.

PS 8 – 37 Hicks Street.
Friday, April 17th 8 AM – 10 AM.

District Office – 410 Atlantic Avenue.
Monday, April 13th – Friday, April 17th 10 AM – 6 PM.

YWCA – 30 3rd Avenue.
Sunday, April 19th 12 PM – 5 PM.

Wyckoff Gardens – 266 Wyckoff Street.
Saturday, April 18th 10 AM – 3 PM.

For those of you who want to take an extra step and play a leadership role in making PB a success, reach out to Councilman Levin’s office about volunteering at for more information. You can also take a moment to like the PB Facebook page, where you can collaborate with other volunteers and voters and stay up to date on the latest news.



The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning, Inc. ("GWAPP") is a not-for-profit group, 501(c)(3), comprised of individuals, community organizations, religious institutions, and concerned citizens from the Greenpoint-Williamsburg communities dedicated to the development of parks and public access on the Greenpoint waterfront.