Communities

a teen boy and senior citizen woman decorate a Christmas tree
A Tree Unites the Community

This season, a holiday tradition was revived at Betances Houses thanks to the efforts of the South Bronx Youth Leadership Council (SBYLC): decorating a community Christmas tree.

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Celebrating NYCHA’s Resident Gardeners & Gardens

Hundreds of NYCHA’s resident gardeners, NYCHA staff, and partners gathered at Johnson Community Center in Manhattan on November 3, 2017 for the 54th Annual NYCHA Garden & Greening Award Ceremony.

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Glenmore Plaza Senior Center Raises Awareness About Breast Cancer

On October 13, Glenmore Plaza Senior Center held its second annual Breast Cancer Awareness event.

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Wise Rehab Residents Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida Awareness

Vernice Tillery, resident of Wise Rehab in Manhattan, organized a family-friendly Walk-N-Roll to raise awareness and funds for the Spina Bifida Association (SBA). The event was held on September 2 in Central Park. Ms.

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Ruth Taube and two of her sewing students
“Whatever ails you, we help you down here.”

On this Wednesday afternoon, Ruth Taube holds court with a group of five women working at ancient sewing machines in the basement of Vladeck Houses. Colorful fabrics work against the backdrop of mundane white. This is where Taube, now in her 90s, has been coming every week for nearly 50 years.

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Family Fun Day Includes Birthday Celebration

International Tower residents held their annual Family Day on July 21, 2017. The event was highlighted by the birthday celebration of one of the development’s eldest residents, Elisa Merle, 92. There was plenty of great food, music, and games for everyone.

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Angie Pitts sits at a table.
A Survivor Finds Power in Her Voice

It’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and one survivor is sharing how she found strength and empowerment through self-defense training and by telling her story to others.

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Brownsville Houses Residents Receive New Kitchen Appliances

Thanks to $1 million in funding from New York State Assembly Member Latrice Walker, more than 1,300 families at Brownsville Houses received brand new refrigerators and stoves.

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Chair Shola Olatoye shakes hands with a young boy.
National Night Out: Partnerships

On August 2, NYCHA Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye, General Manager Michael Kelly, and other NYCHA executives celebrated the 34th annual National Night Out with NYCHA residents, NYPD officers, community board representatives and elected officials at NYCHA developments across the five boroughs.

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Assemblymember Maritza Davila and children planting a garden in Bushwick.
Hands-on Learning at Hope Gardens

Elementary students at P.S. 376 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, recently received the gift of an outdoor classroom, thanks to their science teacher, a partnership between the school and NYCHA, and the support of Assembly Member Maritza Davila.

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