Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today joined the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) and the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) to celebrate the opening of a newly renovated basketball court at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. The renovations – funded by the Manhattan D.A.’s Office with money seized during investigations into major banks – allow NYCHA residents and other community members to more fully utilize the facilities, creating a safe space for young New Yorkers.
“By investing in public spaces for Manhattan residents – particularly young New Yorkers – we strengthen our communities and help keep each other safe,” said District Attorney Bragg. “I was proud to celebrate the opening of this fantastic basketball court, the latest in our Office’s extensive history of using money seized in investigations against big banks to build up our communities and support our youth. Thank you to our partners at NYCHA and the NYPD, and most importantly, the residents and community members who will use this court for years to come!”
“It is critical for young New Yorkers to have access to positive outlets, open spaces, and recreational activities,” said NYCHA CEO Lisa-Bova Hiatt. “We thank District Attorney Bragg for his help in renovating this basketball court for Polo Grounds Towers. It will provide NYCHA residents with a space to gather and socialize, to exercise, and to engage in healthy activities outside their homes.”
“Today is the latest step in transforming New York City public spaces into enjoyable, safe environments for young people,” said NYPD Acting Commissioner Edward A. Caban. “Over the past two years, the NYPD, NYCHA, and District Attorney Bragg’s office have overhauled 15 basketball courts in public housing developments – creating climates that contribute to the city’s ongoing crime reduction by inviting exercise and other positive social activities. As we move forward together, our exciting partnership continues to benefit all the people we serve.”