2018 Winning Participatory Budget Projects

In 2018, nearly 2,100 District 7 residents voted on how to spend more $1 million of their own tax dollars right here in upper Manhattan! The proposals selected by residents will help expand educational opportunities and enhance quality of life for all. Thanks to the many volunteers who spent the last year creating project proposals, organizing neighborhood meetings, and reaching out to members of our community. Without you, we could not have enjoyed another successful year of participatory budgeting.

2018's winning projects included: 

Modernizing Neighborhood Libraries


$200,000 for new computers, printers, wi-fi, projectors, and audio systems in 7th District public libraries

Upgrading Community Parks


$500,000 for new playground turf at PS 125

Investing in our Schools


$200,000 for technology upgrades at MS 54, the Booker T. Washington Middle School (103 West 107th St)


$200,000 for technology upgrades at PS 36 Margaret Douglas School (123 Morningside Drive)

Building Stronger NYCHA Communities 

nycha.png $500,000 for external lighting at Grant Houses

Improving Commutes

bus_icon.png $60,000 for Bus Countdown Clocks along Broadway


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