New York City is embarking on a competition on  how to encourage the night-time use and animation of Brownsville  a neighbourhood of 87,000 people in eastern Brooklyn. Community members have expressed the desire to have “More people navigating, enjoying, and activating Brownsville’s public spaces after 7pm… as the key to reducing crime, reducing the need for enforcement actions, and accelerating commercial and cultural opportunities in Brownsville.”
A survey undertaken in 2016 showed that 45 per cent of people did not feel safe on one of the main commercial streets in the area. In response the City of New York is asking for creative technological concepts that can:
“enhance the experience and use of public spaces at night
increase nighttime activity in neighborhood corridors
help to unlock Brownsville’s nighttime activity and cultural life”
Successful entries will be demonstration projects in Brownsville next year. The City has particular interest in  “streetscape amenities that represent a fundamentally new application of technology to the goal of making sidewalks and plazas attractive, safe public spaces for walking, resting, gathering, playing and programming, both day and night.”
Proposals are eligible for up to $20,000 of funding in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office Each selected proposal will receive up to $20,000 in funding  NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO). Proposals are due December 15, and you can find out more about applying here.

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