It’s double celebration for the Lindsay Park Housing in Bushwick this weekend when residents will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the housing complex and mark a street co-naming.
The celebration is being organized by the Shareholders for the Betterment of Lindsay Park, an advocacy group that oversees the democratic functioning of the housing complex; in conjunction with the office of City Councilman Antonio Reynoso, UnionDocs, and Brooklyn Legal Services A.
The Lindsay Park complex, which constitutes seven buildings is a Mitchell-Lama style co-op. Named after MacNeil Mitchell and Alfred Lama, a New York State Senator and Assemblyman respectively, the housing style allows for private-public partnerships in the creation of middle income and low income housing.
The first of the Lindsay Park buildings was completed in 1964, and the last in 1967. For residents, now is the ideal time to celebrate the anniversary of the Co-op following the residents winning campaign, this summer, to co-name Leonard Street between Boerum and Moore Street, “Mitchell-Lama Way.”
The elected officials were instrumental in passing a bill back in 1955 for this type of housing to exist, and the street will be the first one to be named after them in the country.
“This is not only about honoring the history housing for middle-income people,” said Ronny Wasserstrom, one of the residents and organizers of the celebration. “But it is also about brining the issue of affordable housing to current politicians to let them know that the need is greater than ever now. Mitchell-Lama housing was created during a housing crisis when the city could only be inhabited by the very rich or extremely poor and we nearing a similar situation now with no room for middle-income residents.”
Saturday’s event will feature members of the Mitchell and Lama families respectively as residents pay tribute to their work.
In addition, the celebration will feature a block party style event between Montrose Avenue and Boerum Street on Leonard Street. There will be musical performances, historical exhibits, a marching band, a puppet show, and basketball and domino competitions among several other activities.
50th Anniversary celebration/Mitchell-Lama Way street co-naming, Saturday, September 19, 12-6 p.m., on Leonard between Montrose Ave. and Boerum St. Street Co-naming Ceremony at 2 p.m.