About El Puente's Green Light District
El Puente Green Light District (GLD) is a strategic ten-year initiative to sustain, grow, green, and celebrate Williamsburg’s Southside community. At a time when communities across New York City are facing rapid changes that threaten to destabilize our neighborhoods, the Green Light District seeks to flip the disempowerment of gentrification and put the power of transformation in the hands of its residents and stakeholders. The Green Light District seeks to build equity and sustainability through connecting residents to each other, socially and culturally; sharing knowledge and resources across the neighborhood through partnerships, coalitions, and alliances; improving access to public resources, and building leadership in the community to carry our collective goals forward.
Arts and Culture
The Green Light District organizes art exhibitions, performances, film screenings and other arts related events, building community through cultural activities that engage the diverse communities of Los Sures. We also organize local Latino artists and artists of color, offering professional and pre-professional development programs for adults and young people in the arts through El Puente CADRE (Community Artists' Development & Resource Exchange).
Environmental Justice and Open Spaces
El Puente's commitment to environmental justice has been present since the creation of this organization. Being an environmental justice community, North Brooklyn has had to combat the effects of air, water and soil pollution for centuries. The residents of Los Sures have long suffered the consequences and vulnerabilities associated with these hazardous living conditions, including respiratory and heart diseases. GLD is committed to advocating for a healthier and more sustainable quality of life for the residents it serves. Working along its members and with the community at large, GLD has been engaged in a systematic analysis of the area's built environment, studying and improving parks, playgrounds, sidewalks, the air, soil and water of North Brooklyn, while activating community gardens across the GLD area.