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Getting LES Ready: Learning from Hurricane Sandy to Create a Community-Based Disaster Plan for the Future

November 17, 2014

This report is the culmination of over 640 surveys of Lower East Side residents, 29 surveys from local organizations, and 8 focus groups and explores the LES community's experience during and after Hurricane Sandy. The report will inform a community-based disaster relief plan being created by LES Ready.Learning from Hurricane Sandy, community organizations in the Lower East Side formed a Long Term Recovery Group called "LES Ready" to coordinate the resources, preparedness planning, and training in the event of future disasters. Today, LES Ready is a coalition of 31 community groups and institutions.

The Open Space Index

April 8, 2010

This report establishes the 15 Index standards and provides a detailed methodology for assessing open space in New York City neighborhoods. We piloted the OSI methodology on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which was chosen because of its variety of open spaces, rich residential diversity and vibrant history of park and garden advocacy. The pilot found that the Lower East Side performs very well with regard to community gardens, acres of active recreation, and access to parks. It also found, however, that the neighborhood has an urban tree canopy cover of only 14%, far below the US Forest Service's 44% recommendation for that community. And the assessment found that the Lower East Side parks have very little green, natural ground surfacing within its parks.

A People's Plan for The East River Waterfront

October 13, 2009

The following report, "The People's Plan," will lay out the results of a comprehensive visioning process and outline the community's vision for the Waterfront. The People's Plan will also explain the current status of the NYCEDC's plan for the East River Waterfront and explain why and how that plan overlooks the needs of the surrounding community.

Project Envision: Community Needs Assessment - Lower East Side, Manhattan

September 16, 2009

In 2009, the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, in conjunction with community stakeholders, conducted action-research on sexual violence prevention in three communities. In the Lower East Side, a community coalition comprised of local service providers, rape crisis advocates, community members and activists, is using the data to develop effective solutions for preventing sexual violence in their community. Research questions included:Is sexual violence a problem in the Lower East Side?Is sexual violence a problem in the community?What are the most common forms of sexual violence in the community?What are the root causes of sexual violence?How can we prevent sexual violence in the community?What are the characteristics of the community that can support sexual violence prevention?

Community Change for Youth Development: Ten Lessons from the CCYD Initiative

December 1, 2002

From 1995 through 2002, P/PV worked with six neighborhoods around the country to develop and institute a framework of "core concepts" to guide youth programming for the nonschool hours. The goal was to create programming that would involve a high proportion of each neighborhood's several thousand adolescents. This report summarizes the basic lessons that emerged from this Community Change for Youth Development (CCYD) initiative. The lessons address such topics as the usefulness of a "core concepts" approach; the dos and don'ts of involving neighborhood residents in change initiatives; the role of research; the role of youth; and the capacity of neighborhood-wide approaches to attract high-risk youth.