Last year we highlighted the people-led organizations doing the hard work to keep New Yorkers in their rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods that hold police violence accountable and the politicians that side with wealthy interests over constituents. We highlighted organizations made up of people like you and me that are here and demanding an affordable New York that honors our cultural legacies. We called on you to divest your money from Trojan Horse businesses with no regard to community–to us the long-term residents and businesses of New York City. Read More
While Sunset Park owes its name to a 25-acre hilltop park with panoramic harbor views, the neighborhood's early history was anchored five avenues downhill, on its industrial waterfront. From the end of the nineteenth century, Sunset Park's ports served as a docking zone for arriving cargo ships, while nearby factories produced a range of goods from military supplies to clothing. The neighborhood remains working-class and immigrant, though the faces have changed: Once known as "Finn Town" and "Little Norway," Sunset Park is now majority Latino, with significant Puerto Rican, Dominican, Ecuadorian, and Mexican communities. The second largest ethnic group is Chinese, a 30,000-plus population concentrated along Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn's Chinatown.
Elizabeth Yeampierre, UPROSE
At the onset of her professional career, Elizabeth saw that communities of color would be the most impacted by climate change, and so she felt compelled to commit her life’s work to environmental justice.