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Issues & Victories

Manhattan Together (MT) and its predecessor organizations (the oldest of which was founded in 1991) have been able to help people improve the quality of life in their communities, and beyond. Our most important victories include:

  • Education:  MT helped push the DOE to invest $22 Million in more services for special needs students, and establish a team to fix their broken special education data system. We are continuing to organize parents, educators, and others to push for further needed improvements.
  • Public Housing:  winning thousands of repairs to leaky pipes, broken elevators, and many other serious problems, exposing the huge repair backlog, ending the use of a dangerous pesticide, and winning a settlement to force the housing authority to actually repair mold and moisture. MT and Metro IAF are working to help tenants ensure the settlement is followed and that other critical improvements are made.       
  • Neighborhood safety: working with and holding police accountable to deal properly with criminal activity and important quality of life issues. We are also continuing to work with Metro IAF’s national gun safety campaign.   
  • Pedestrian safety: Since 2010, MT leaders have worked with the NYC Department of Transportation to win: longer crossing times and countdown timers at over 100 intersections; a major construction project at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge to protect pedestrians; as well as signage and other improvements.       
  • Successfully helping to push the City to create Municipal ID’s open to all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.       
  • Organizing a Senior Friendly Stores Campaign that helped make the Upper West Side and other areas more livable for  senior citizens.
  • Parks: Leaders from Lower Manhattan won $60 million complete renovations of East River Park and Seward Park -- building new playgrounds, ballfields, bathrooms and lighting, reconstructing the amphitheater and esplanade -- transforming these worn-out parks into safe and beautiful recreation places
  • Helping scores of new leaders develop and strengthen their institutions.


Below: The East River Park Amphitheater before and after Lower Manhattan Together leaders successfully fought for the $60 Million Rehabilitation of East River and Seward Parks