Chelsea projects on the ballot

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Participatory budgeting is underway, giving residents input on how to allocate $1 million in funding


  • Council Speaker Corey Johnson attended a participatory budgeting expo at the Hudson Guild Center March 29. Photo: Gerardo Romo/NYC Council

By Michael Garofalo

Calling all West Siders: participatory budget voting is officially open.

The City Council program, now in its eighth year, allows residents to vote on how to allocate $1 million in discretionary funding in their council district.

Projects on this year’s ballot in Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s third council district include improvements to public schools and libraries, as well as pedestrian safety measures near the Holland Tunnel entrance. Last year’s winning projects in Johnson’s district, which encompasses Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, included new tree guards and tech upgrades for public libraries.

Voting is underway now and open through April 7. District 3 residents age 11 and older can vote online or at polling places throughout the district. For a full list of in-person voting locations, visit

The following projects are on this year’s ballot:

• Accessible bathrooms at Hudson Park Library

• Air conditioning for Muhlenberg Library

• Accessible bathrooms at Park West High School

• Improved entrance accessibility at P.S. 51

• New water bottle refilling stations at public schools throughout District 3

• Improved lighting in park areas at NYCHA Elliott-Chelsea Houses and Fulton Houses

• Pathway repairs at Gertrude Kelly Park

• Spray shower renovations at McCaffrey Playground

• Pedestrian safety improvements near the Holland Tunnel entrance

• Tree guards and watering bags for all street trees planted since 2017

• Two new turnstiles at 50th Street C and E train station.

• Real-time bus arrival countdown clocks at five stops, prioritizing the M11 route

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