Our History

Gowanus neighborhood residents and community groups began meeting in September 2016 to discuss our values and concerns around the upcoming rezoning of our neighborhood. In March 2017, GNCJ held a press conference and released the coalition’s platform and Survive and Thrive, a document that describes our concerns around the planned re-zoning. From there, we got to work…

In 2018

[You can read more about what we did 2018 HERE]

  • Members mobilized around the public housing crisis, advocating for the residents’ rights by showing up at public hearings, rallies and submitting testimony, some highlights include…

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  • We prepared ourselves by attending workshops and trainings to expand our understanding of government process, learn about our housing rights and forward environmental justice priorities, again some highlights include…

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  • We won! Joining with CSO [Combined Sewage Overflow] group advocates we ensured that new tanks will be located outside of our community park - Thomas Greene Park. This happened in part by using our collective voice through op-ed pieces like…

  • We mounted a campaign* to reopen the NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] Gowanus Community Center as a model for cultural equity, sustainability and resilience. This included…

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*[This is an ongoing campaign as the center is still not fully functional. You can join the campaign and find out more HERE and HERE]

Today

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