The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has selected Two Bridges Neighborhood Council (TBNC) as one of six grantees of the newly launched Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative.

This two-year grant will enable TBNC to enhance existing programs and launch new initiatives dedicated to increasing access to healthy, affordable food; improving access to safe places where people can exercise and be active; and connecting children and adults to programs that encourage healthy behaviors.

Three Main Goals

With 60 years of experience building bridges among the many diverse communities of the Lower East Side, our organization believes the most effective way to transform the Two Bridges neighborhood into a healthy, active community is through collective action. We have gathered a broad range of local experts as partners who will provide the multi-faceted, comprehensive effort needed to combat the high burden of health inequities prevalent in the Two Bridges neighborhood: the Chinatown YMCA Cornerstone at Two Bridges Community Center, GOLES, Hamilton-Madison House, Hester Street Collaborative, Gouverneur Health, GrowNYC, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and  Urbane Development. 

As sponsors of nearly 1,500 units of affordable housing in the area, TBNC has led and collaborated on a multitude of community development planning and design efforts to improve quality of life for local residents, including affordable housing development, park planning, food access advocacy, traffic studies, and green infrastructure.

Funding from NYSHealth’s Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative will help expand current neighborhood efforts to increase the availability of healthy, affordable food; link residents to programs which promote healthy lifestyles; and transform ongoing local advocacy efforts to improve infrastructure and the built environment into plan implementation. Among the initiative’s many objectives, TBNC will aim to expand GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box program, which provides subsidized, fresh, locally grown produce to residents; and implement urban design recommendations for the South Street corridor that will create a safe and human-scale streetscape along the East River, and improve access to the waterfront and other public spaces.

“We agree wholeheartedly, the Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhood Fund initiative -- so creative an approach to addressing the health needs of a low-income community, and so well-conceived by the very talented staff of the NYSHealth -- is nothing but innovative in its vision to build-up our community through diverse and multiple community partners sharing one vision and goal; so that people of all ages in our Two Bridges community will have ample opportunities to lead a healthy life”, says Victor Papa, President, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council. “In our commitment to build a healthier Lower East Side, we, along with our partners, thank the New York State Health Foundation in placing their confidence in us. And we look forward to implementing the promise of transforming our neighborhoods into more active places so that all people can thrive.”

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