Participatory Budgeting: Vote to Fund these Upper West Side Projects

Between March 25 and April 2, District 6 residents can vote for projects on the Participatory Budgeting ballot to help decide how the neighborhood spends $1 million in city dollars.

Voting is open to everyone ages 11 (or at least in 6th grade) and older, and everyone can vote for up to three items.

Here are the items on the ballot; please note that we are using the language of those who submitted these ideas with slight revisions for clarity:

Parks & Environment

  • Outdoor Adult Fitness Equipment in Riverside Park ($250,000): Create an area with exercise equipment for adult use that includes a section for group classes, and a water fountain.
  • Greening the Avenues: Trees & Tree Guards on Amsterdam and Columbus avenues ($50,000): Install approximately 10 trees/tree guards on Columbus and Amsterdam avenues for the environment and to offer additional shade.

Public Safety:

  • Security Cameras ($250,000): Argus cameras on the Columbus Avenue and Broadway corridors and other locations determined by the 20th and 24th Police Precincts.


    • Update Science Lab at M.S. 333 Manhattan School for Children at 154 West 93rd Street ($200,000): Update the 30-year-old science lab by providing tables and cabinets to create an environment that promotes curiosity and learning.
    • Upgrade Cafeteria at P.S. 75 Emily Dickinson School at 735 West End Ave. ($250,000): Soundproofing and lighting to provide an inclusive and safe environment for all students, particularly students in the ASD Nest program who are sensitive to sensory input.
    • New Lighting System for Little Flower Theatre in LaGuardia H.S. at 100 Amsterdam Ave. ($250,000): This theatre serves 2,500 students daily, plus local community members. The current lighting system is failing and needs to be replaced.
    • Upgrade Electrical Wiring and Capacity at M.S. 243 Center School at 100 West 84th Street ($150,000): Center School needs an upgrade to its electrical service to support increased use of technology in classrooms.
    • Technology Upgrade for Classrooms at P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson School at 100 West 84th Street ($250,000): Thirty in-room smart boards for each classroom to ensure students and faculty have necessary access to technology.
    • Air Conditioning/HVAC Installation at P.S. 166 Richard Rodgers School of Arts & Technology at 132 West 89th Street ($250,000): The school’s cafeteria and auditorium, essential spaces for learning and social activities, are in need of air conditioning/HVAC installation.


You can vote online (starting March 25 at 12:00 a.m.) or in person at the following locations:

Venue NameAddressDate and Time
Gale Brewer’s office563 Columbus Ave.Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Weekends 10am-4pm
Rutgers Presbyterian Church236 W. 73rd St.Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center250 W. 65th St.Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm
West Side YMCA5 W. 63rd St.Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew263 W. 86th St.Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Weekends 12pm-3pm
St. Agnes Library444 Amsterdam Ave.Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
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