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New York Turns the Spotlight on North Brooklyn's Creative Communities

A two-week series of workshops seeks to disseminate and replicate North Brooklyn's most creative ideas for solving urban problems.

Love them or hate them, it's undeniable that the North Brooklyn neighborhoods Williamsburg and Greenpoint have served as a laboratory of creativity for longer than a decade. Urban activists in the trendy enclaves have created models for more collaborative, locally focused economies, mapping out a blueprint for a sustainable approach to urban life. Amplify Brooklyn, an exhibit and event series officially opening tonight, will explore the work and ideas generated in those neighborhoods. Workshops will showcase organizations like Green Map System, which uses mapping to promote sustainable community development, and ioby, a social media and fundraising site for activists that's debuting a new toolkit for neighborhood problems. Whether or not you live in New York City, you can get inspired by some of the media they're putting out around the project.

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