Transforming Central Brooklyn

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The Vital Brooklyn Initiative

Creating a Brighter Future for Central Brooklyn

Central Brooklyn is one of the most vulnerable areas in all of New York State, with measurably higher rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, limited access to healthy foods or opportunities for physical activity, high rates of violence and crime, wide economic disparities due to unemployment, and high poverty levels, and inadequate access to high quality health care and mental health services.

Vital Brooklyn is a new holistic initiative that focuses on eight integrated areas of improvement: open space and recreation; healthy food; education; economic empowerment; community-based violence prevention; community-based health care; affordable housing; and resiliency.

Vital Brooklyn is serving the following Central Brooklyn neighborhoods: Bedford Stuyvesant; Brownsville; Bushwick; Canarsie; Crown Heights; Cypress Hills/Ocean Hill; East Flatbush; East New York; Prospect Heights; and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

How is Vital Brooklyn Funded?

The $1.4 billion plan employs a comprehensive suite of resources funded through the FY 2018 Executive Budget.

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Timeline for Impementation


By the end of 2017, existing programs in all 8 focus areas will expand into Central Brooklyn, requests for proposals will be released, and participatory design for the first phase of housing and open space projects will be underway.


By the end of 2018, new programs will be launched, recreational capital investment improvements will begin, and contracts will be awarded for new housing developments.


By the end of 2019, the development plan for ambulatory care will be completed and implementation will begin, schoolyard renovations will be completed and open for community use, and construction will be underway at all new housing developments.

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