Sunset Park Voice

Environmental Justice Organization UPROSE Celebrates 50th Anniversary Tonight

Long-time environmental justice advocacy organization UPROSE will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a gala in Fort Greene this evening.

UPROSE, which is based in Sunset Park, on 22nd Street, describes itself as an “intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized community organization that promotes sustainability and resiliency…in Brooklyn.”

UPROSE says that it tackles these objectives through a variety of means — community organizing, education, leadership development and cultural/artistic expression.

The group has worked on a multitude of local and regional environmental justice and sustainability issues in its long history — including fighting to protect the Sunset Park waterfront’s industrial character, helping to plan the Bush Terminal Piers Park, facilitating the design of a community “Greenway-Blueway” for Sunset Park, and advocating for climate resiliency planning across New York City that is focused on the needs of local communities.

After Superstorm Sandy, UPROSE launched the Sunset Park Climate Justice and Community Resiliency Center, which they describe as NYC’s “first grassroots-led, bottom-up, climate adaptation and community resiliency planning project.”

BQX Has Sunset Park Residents Worried About Displacement

Officials from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) met with Sunset Park residents on Tuesday to discuss plans and opinions regarding the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), a $2.5 billion streetcar that would run through Sunset Park’s industrial waterfront, reports Gothamist.

Some residents voiced their concern over being displaced due to the streetcar raising property values around its route from Sunset Park to Astoria, Queens.

UPROSE Wins Small Business Grant To Strengthen “Economic And Environmental Resiliency”

Small businesses are often touted as the backbone of any community economy, particularly here in Brooklyn, where big business and mom-and-pop shops continue to fight for space. That’s why the city Department of Small Business Services (SBS) distribute grants every year to “promote grassroots economic development in historically underserved commercial corridors.”