Faces of Brooklyn
Since 1998, the Brooklyn Community Foundation has supported organizations in Red Hook developing innovative approaches to youth empowerment, community development, the arts, elderly care, and environmental issues.
The relationship between the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island began years ago, before the Community Foundation even had its name.
After 30 years, millions of dollars, and countless coats of paint, St. Nick’s Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the revitalization of North Brooklyn, finally cut the ribbon at the Renaissance Center, their new headquarters and arts center on the former Greenpoint Hospital campus.
The lobby of the Red Hook Initiative Center teems with energy on a sunny afternoon in early September. It is the first day of school. A huddle of girls discusses the day as each fills out a time sheet, putting her name beside the title of health educator.
Mark Morris’ choreography has appeared on stages from Lincoln Center to London’s Royal Opera House. But the work of the Mark Morris Dance Group goes beyond award-winning performances.
Many New Yorkers go through life without ever getting behind the wheel of a car, much less behind that of a commercial truck. But for dozens of New Yorkers each year, that truck cab has become the beginning of a new life.
On a September afternoon, Ian Foster Jones sits behind a piano at the Brooklyn Friends School, a private school in downtown Brooklyn. The group of tiny children who stand rapt before him is a picture of New York’s melting pot—different classes, races, and ethnic backgrounds.