Brooklyn: Brownsville Partnership Van Dyke Park Project - Postponed Due to Weather

Sponsoring Club: 
Yale Alumni Association of New York
Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance
Yale Blue Green
Saturday, May 12, 2018
11:00am to 1:00pm
Van Dyke Community Center See map
392 Blake Ave. (between Mother Gaston Boulevard and Powell Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11212
Arrive directly at Van Dyke Park by taking either the L train to Sutter Avenue or the 3 train to Junius Street followed by a few minutes’ walk. 
If you take the L train: 
* Exit at the Sutter Avenue stop.
* Walk down Van Sinderen Avenue in the same direction as traffic until you get to Sutter Avenue.  
* Turn right on Sutter Avenue and walk five blocks to Mother Gaston Boulevard. 
* Make a left onto Mother Gaston Boulevard and walk 2 blocks to Blake Avenue.
* Make a left onto Blake Avenue.
*  You will see Van Dyke Community Center.
If you take the 3 train:
* Exit at the Junius Street stop.
* Walk down Livonia Avenue, passing Sackman Street and Christopher Avenue, until you get to Mother Gaston Boulevard.
* Turn right onto Mother Gaston Boulevard and continue walking until you get to Blake Avenue.
* Make a right onto Blake Avenue.
* You will see the Van Dyke Community Center.

Brownsville Partnership, along with Rebuilding Together NYC and other community partners, host bi-annual Neighborhood Rebuilding Events to provide free home repairs for low-income families, as well as improvements to public spaces. Brownsville is one of several neighborhoods in New York City that is often overlooked for support on much needed updates to community spaces, and where homeowners may not have the resources to complete much needed work on their homes. The sites and homes that are selected for each rebuild event are chosen by community partners with residents. The work that volunteers do will have a lasting impact on residents of all ages in this community. Children and youth will have safer, revitalized playgrounds and basketball courts; public housing residents will have expanded community gardens that will provide them with a reliable source of nutritious food; and all community members will take pride in the changing narrative around Brownsville every time they pass one of new murals. 

On May 12, Yale Day of Service volunteers will have the opportunity to continue work on a unfinished project from the last rebuild event. We will meet at Van Dyke Community Center at 11 am to beautify Van Dyke Park.  We’ll clean and mulch the shrubbery and finish painting the bleachers. Afterwards, we’ll have a brief tour of the neighborhood and, for those who wish, a pay-as-you-go lunch together at a location TBD.

The Brownsville Partnership engages residents and partner organizations from many sectors in measurably improving the health, safety and economic prosperity of the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

A Pay-as-you-go lunch and brief neighborhood tour to follow!

Site Coordinator: 
Alison Gardy ‘88
Astrid Andre ‘94