Donations to El-Space Challenge participants will be matched 3:1! That means for every dollar you donate, DOT will give an additional $3 to support the creative, short-term placemaking projects listed below! The fundraising deadline is June 15th. Give today!

The El-Space Challenge is a call for proposals, developed through a unique partnership between the City of New York and ioby, a New York City-based crowd-resourcing platform. The goal is to connect community leaders in Brownsville with the funding and support to reimagine the space beneath and adjacent to the elevated train structure (“el-space”) along Livonia Avenue.

DOT will procure services from selected community groups to implement creative, short-term placemaking projects that will help transform the Livonia Ave el-space into a vital, dynamic community asset. The total amount of funding available to implement the projects will be based upon the amount that eligible groups crowdfund on ioby’s platform, which will be matched, through the funding of the procured services, by DOT at a 3-to-1 ratio.


  • Make Music Brownsville

    Make Music Brownsville

    From Sidewalk to Stage: Connecting residents to open space, healthy foods and music.

    NEEDS: $0 of 963 + Volunteers
  • Best of Brownsville Photo Project

    Three photo display kiosks located under the elevated line on Livonia showcase images from the public curated by local youth over an 11 month installation to display the best qualities of Brownsville.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,525 + Volunteers
  • Isabahlia Healthy Food Festival

    The Isabahlia Healthy Food Festival is a day dedicated to engaging Livonia Avenue and spreading the word about the importance about eating healthy to Brownsville residents.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,254