The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides?

Flux Factory is pleased to present The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides?, a series of monthly workshops that discuss how members of the public can actively engage in neighborhood development. The objective of this series is to inform New Yorkers about strategies for self-organizing to enact positive change in their neighborhoods and in the city as a whole.

The program kicks off on May 16 with the workshop Affordable Housing: How Do We Get What We Need?  Have you ever wondered just what “affordable” housing is, anyway?  Or how you can get involved in bringing more affordable housing to your neighborhood?  Jackie Moynahan of the north Brooklyn-based advocacy group Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) will help you navigate the complexities of New York City housing, and learn how to become an effective advocate for better affordable housing options in your neighborhood.
When: Wednesday, May 16, 7 – 9pm
Where: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St., Long Island City

In conjunction with Flux Factory’s Hanging Gardens exhibition in June, we’ll present Reclaiming Vacant Land for Community Use with Paula Z. Segal of 596 Acres.  The 596 Acres project focuses on identifying vacant City-owned property and working with communities on coalition building, political action, and ultimately, influencing the City to turn over control of this property for use as gardens and open spaces. Learn how to find that special lot in your life and where to go from there.
When: Wednesday, June 20, 7 – 9pm
Where: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St., Long Island City

The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides? will continue in future months with workshops on: urban agriculture, historic preservation, sustainable transportation, and other topics near and dear to New Yorkers.  If you have an idea for a workshop, please email christina[at]fluxfactory[dot]org.

This educational initiative is organized by Christina Vassallo, Douglas Paulson and Lacey Tauber. It is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

*top image by Nick Normal, bottom image by Christina Vassallo