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$25 Million Secured to Enhance Parks, Schools, More

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The New York City Council passed the City’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year on Sunday, and Council Members Keith Powers and Julie Menin report that over $25 million has been secured for District 4 and District 5.

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This money will help to fund projects for schools, parks, sanitation, cultural institutions and City resources, according to a press release from the council members.

Every public school within these districts will be getting at least $50,000 for technology or infrastructure upgrades, and funding has been allocated to provide parks programming and sanitation services for additional trash cleanups.

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Here are some of the bigger investments being planned on the Upper East Side:

  • The Met is getting $7 million for “climate control and resiliency upgrades.” We’ve contacted The Met and asked them to elaborate.
  • As East Side Feed reported in May, St. Catherine’s Park is getting $3.6 million for a fairly thorough redesign which has already been reviewed by Community Board 8.
  • Carl Schurz Park is getting $1.5 million to renovate the bathrooms near Gracie Mansion.
  • The Park Avenue Armory is receiving $1.1 million for renovations, upgrades, and enhanced accessibility.
  • The 92nd Street Y (92NY) is getting $1 million to make improvements to its Art Center.
  • JHS 167 (Robert F Wagner Middle School) is getting $860,000 for technology upgrades and to renovate its band room and gymnasium.
  • Twenty-Four Sycamores Park is getting $800,000 to renovate both of its playground areas.
  • The Julia Richman Education Complex is getting $800,000 to renovate its gymnasium. (In Feb. 2023, East Side Feed reported that the Julia Richman Education Complex had received $3 million to renovate its pool locker room and to create a new physical education space.)
  • The New York Public Library is getting $500,000 to fund technology upgrades at the 96th Street, Yorkville, 67th Street, and Webster library branches.
  • P.S. 290 (Manhattan New School) is getting $500,000 for cafeteria and gymnasium renovations.

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Per the press release, Menin and Powers also secured over $3.5 million to “support nonprofit organizations and ongoing programming on the Upper East Side,” with recipients including:

  • Asphalt Green
  • Carnegie Hill Neighbors
  • Carter Burden Center
  • East 86th Street Association
  • Friends of the East River Esplanade
  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
  • Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
  • NYCHA’s Isaacs Center
  • 92nd Street Y
  • James Lenox House
  • Treadwell Farm Historic District Association


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