Distress is concentrated in a few neighborhoods. The neighborhoods where we see the highest number of shootings also tend to be the neighborhoods that suffer from other ills such as poor health outcomes, low graduation and low employment.
A Comprehensive Approach to Public Safety in New York City Housing Authority Developments
In an ongoing effort to make neighborhoods throughout the City safer and stronger, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice is implementing a targeted and comprehensive approach to reduce violent crime in 15 NYCHA developments that make up almost 20 percent of all violent crime in New York City's public housing.
The initial returns on these investments in NYCHA neighborhoods are promising. Between July 1, 2014 and August 2, 2015, shootings in the target 15 developments declined 5.4%, major crime declined 9.9%, and violent crime declined 11.2%. This is work that will continue and become stronger as we address the enduring power and importance of place.
MAP is working with the following communities.
Castle Hill Houses
Polo Grounds Houses
Red Hook Houses
St. Nicholas Houses
Van Dyke Houses
As part of the Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, residents from several developments worked with agency partners and community-based organizations on Action Lab projects to improve community cohesion and public safety. Residents at St. Nicholas Houses worked with Artistic Noise to develop a series of public art installations to enhance the lobbies of each building. (Photo Credit: Lauren Adelman)
Hot Spots to Cool Places: Activating High-Risk Neighborhoods into Vibrant Civic Spaces. The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, the NYPD, and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are partnering to transform high crime public housing developments and the commercial corridors that surround them into vibrant, safe civic spaces. This project marks the first Design Excellence Request for Proposals from DDC in 2016 -- a series that solicits innovative architectural and design solutions to urban issues. Read the complete Request for Proposals here.