On September 25, El Puente’s annual street festival closed traffic on Roebling Street between South 4th and South 2nd Streets and filled it with Latinx cultural activities and performances in addition to providing a platform for information on environmental justice and community resources. It also celebrated the tenth anniversary of El Puente’s Green Light District.
The El Puente Green Light District (GLD) is a strategic community sustainability initiative to preserve, grow, green, and celebrate Williamsburg’s Southside community. The GLD’s five areas of focus are: Affordable Living, Arts & Culture, Education, Green Spaces & Environmental Justice, and Health & Wellness. During its ten years it has initiated or supported campaigns that include: the establishment of MS 50/ El Puente Community School, “Nuestro Aire/ Our Air” (a citizen science project monitoring the Southside’s toxic air quality), the opening of several community gardens, and CADRE (Community Artists Development and resource Exchange).
This annual street festival is supported by the partnership of Council Member Antonio Reynoso.