Light Up Watkins Street, Brownsville - Everyone Deserves to Be Safe!

Light Up Watkins Street, Brownsville - Everyone Deserves to Be Safe!

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Nancie Katz started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Eric Adams and

Brownsville, Brooklyn is notoriously known for high crime and poverty. But it doesn't deserve that title.

There are hard-working citizens of New York City who deserve safe, lit, clean streets for their children and families.

We are calling on Mayor Adams, the governor's office and the City Council to get lights up immediately on Watkins Street, between Pitkin and Belmont Avenues, in Brownsville, and ensure that agencies charged to do so, put up trash cans and keep this area clean.

There is no excuse for any more delays.

The New York City Police Department considers Watkins Street near Belmont Avenue - a known den of illegal drug activity, shootings, violent assaults, gang activity - as among Brooklyn's "darkest" streets. That's why so much illicit activity can flourish - they operate in the shadows.

The Watkins Block Association and nearby residents and Seeds in the Middle have been trying for more than a year to get street lamps up and better lighting. All they get is vague promises that maybe a contract will come through sometime in "2023" and even Dept. of Transportation officials admit that one light will barely make a dent in the darkness.

This does not make sense. This is unjust.

According to the NYC Council, Brownsville is receiving all sorts of funding to turn around the poverty, crime, ill health plaguing its residents. However, there is NO evidence of that on Watkins Street - a neighborhood of color in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

On Sept. 14, 2021, the Watkins Street Block Association had its first meeting and discovered that of only TWO street lamps on the street, one was broken and that for years, different residents and agencies had asked the city to light up the street to reduce crime and increase public safety.

Many people in more affluent parts of NYC don't need to think about lighting and safety because areas like Park Slope and Tribeca  have plenty of street lights. But not here. 

Is this justice? Equity? Doesn't everyone deserve to live in safe, clean, healthy neighborhoods.

Hard-working, tax-paying residents and homeowners live on Watkins Street. There are two churches, including Charity Baptist Church of Christ, led by Bishop Richard and Nora Wheelous - who called for the block meeting. 

THere is an FDNY station and two public schools and a library at the end of the block. And Langston Hughes Housing on the other end of the block. There are businesses trying to make a difference near Watkins and Pitkin and Belmont Ave.

Where is the city on this? Please sign this if you believe all citizens deserve the right to a safe and clean place to live. 

We demand street lighting immediately on Watkins Street between Pitkin and Belmont.

We also demand that clean up crews and patrols work daily to keep our streets clean and safe for our families and children.

Charity Baptist Church and Seeds in the Middle want to start programs for youth and families that can turn this neighborhood around. They need safe and clean streets to do this.

We are lighting up the block on Nov. 22 to bring the community together for action from the city and state. Join us. 

PLEASE NOTE: Any requests for donations do NOT go to Watkins Street. If you would like to donate, please go to bit.ly/seedsinthemiddle

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