Community Activities and Resources

Community activities and resources include cultural institutions such as libraries and museums, green spaces such as parks and community gardens, recreation facilities, and other public spaces that contribute to the community.

NYC recreation centers offer facilities such as indoor pools, weight rooms, basketball courts, and dance studios, art studios, game rooms, and libraries. These recreation centers offer a range of programs for people of all ages.

Open space is any open piece of land that is undeveloped (has no buildings or other built structures) and is accessible to the public. Open space can include:

  • Green space (land that is partly or completely covered with grass, trees, shrubs, or other vegetation). Green space includes parks, community gardens, and cemeteries.

  • Schoolyards

  • Playgrounds

  • Public seating areas

  • Public plazas

  • Vacant lots

Cultural institutions are institutions with an acknowledged mission to engage in the conservation, interpretation and dissemination of cultural, scientific, and environmental knowledge, and promote activities meant to inform and educate citizens on associated aspects of culture, history, science and the environment. Examples of cultural institutions are museums, libraries, historical or botanical societies, and community cultural centres.

In NYC, your City Council members:

  • Introduce and vote on legislation (proposed laws) having to do with all aspects of City life.

  • Negotiate the City’s budget with the Mayor and approve its adoption.

  • Monitor City agencies such as the Department of Education and the NYPD to make sure they’re effectively serving New Yorkers.

  • Review land use and make decisions about the growth and development of our city.