Neighborhood(s) Served: Flushing, Lippman Plaza
Mission Statement: Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a community development organization with national reach and over 43 years of experience dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all of those in need. Through a wide range of multilingual counseling services, AAFE provides education, financial assistance, and training to empower people, small businesses, and neighborhoods. Its research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing initiatives help to shape government policy and to effect positive change.
Organization Website: www.aafe.org
Project Information: AAFE is looking to better understand two adjacent, connected districts in Flushing to determine potential projects and action items for the areas: Lippman Plaza and Northern Flushing. The fellow will study the area, propose solutions, and work with the organization to implement change. Study insights for Lippman Plaza, which is a pedestrian plaza connecting Roosevelt Avenue and 39th Ave between Union Street and Main Street and a transportation hub for Flushing, will help to activate the space for consumers, make it visually more inviting and accessible through wayfinding, and leverage data to inform streetscape enhancements and surrounding storefront improvements. The study will connect opportunities for near-by Northern Flushing, which is home to a large light manufacturing area in need of services, potential solutions for industrial retention, and access for constituents to city services.