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Participant Work

Each semester CityGAP participants complete fieldwork, a Group Project with one of our partner organizations, and an Individual Project based on a meaningful question facing NYC. Please click here to see the full archival list of our student projects, and check out our Instagram to learn more about our fieldwork. Below are some selections from across the semesters of fieldwork and student projects to give you a taste of the depth and breadth of our participants’ work!

Department of Transportation Public Space Evaluation Toolkit Project

CityGAP created a Public Space Evaluation Toolkit for a partner/client: the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Public Realm Team. The DOT asked our participants to design a comprehensive evaluation of their expanding public space programs, including Plazas, Open Streets, Shared Streets, Comfortable Connections, and Super Sidewalks. CityGAP participants conducted countless site visits to DOT public spaces of different types across the boroughs, and met with many community stakeholders and organizations. The participants gained a deep and extensive understanding of the current and evolving state, impact, and needs of each public realm typology.

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The final Toolkit provides a methodology for DOT to conduct an annual analysis of each typology using desktop research, observation, and interviews, under the indicators of: Social Life and Programming, Public Health and Safety, Environmental Sustainability, Resilience and Maintenance, Accessibility Inclusion and Equity, Neighborhood Context and Impact, Design Aesthetics and Public Art, and Transportation Benefit and Safety. The participants also evaluated Morrison Plaza in the Bronx with the Toolkit as a case study. The Toolkit will inform future efforts by community partners and the DOT Public Realm Unit as they continue to develop and expand their pedestrianization programs.

Group Projects

Catherine - Green Deserts, Income, and Accessibility in Brooklyn

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The Just City: La Morada and Brook Park

Every Monday, our participants conduct community engagement work in Mott Haven in the South Bronx, at La Morada and Brook Park. La Morada is a Oaxacan restaurant and mutual aid kitchen, run by the Saavadra family, serving 600 meals a day to recent immigrants and other community members in need, also holding community events, workshops, and school drives. LCP students prepare and distribute food and assemble pamphlets. Brook Park is a community garden and urban farm that serves as an environmental justice and education center. Participants support founder Danny Chervoni by working in the garden.

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