Research: Neighborhood Surveys

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Fact Sheet: Unmasking Times Square, Highlights from a Needs Assessment of Times Square Workers

Fact Sheet: Unmasking Times Square, Highlights from a Needs Assessment of Times Square Workers

By Tia Pooler and Becca Cadoff

A fact sheet summarizing the results of a needs-assessment survey of the costumed characters, ticket and CD sellers, painted women, and panhandlers who work in Times Square. Beginning in the spring of 2016, these workers have had to conduct their business in “Designated Activity Zones” or risk a criminal penalty. The Midtown Community Court handles violations of the new activity zones.

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Unmasking Times Square: A Needs-Assessment Survey with Ticket Sellers, Costumed Characters, and Others

Unmasking Times Square: A Needs-Assessment Survey with Ticket Sellers, Costumed Characters, and Others

By Tia Pooler and Becca Cadoff

Since the spring of 2016, people soliciting tips, selling tickets and CDs, and panhandling in Times Square have had to conduct their business in “Designated Activity Zones” or risk a criminal penalty. This report presents findings from a needs-assessment survey of these workers. Implications for programming at the Midtown Community Court that handles violations of the new activity zones and recommendations for policy reforms by regulatory bodies are discussed.

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Understanding the Civil Legal Needs of Crown Heights Residents: A Community Survey in Brooklyn

Understanding the Civil Legal Needs of Crown Heights Residents: A Community Survey in Brooklyn

By Warren A. Reich, Elise Jensen, Michael Diller, Ignacio Jaureguilorda and Lauren Speigel

Undertaken to inform the work of the Center for Court Innovation’s Legal Hand project, this street-intercept study in Crown Heights, Brooklyn documents the most common civil legal needs facing the community, and how, if at all, community members address these needs. The study found the most common needs involved housing and employment. Very few respondents mentioned seeking assistance from an attorney. Indeed, many did not know how or where to find legal assistance. These results suggest a need for “one-stop shop” services that can assist clients with a range of complex legal problems.

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Community Perceptions of Brownsville: A Survey of Neighborhood Quality of Life, Safety, and Services

Community Perceptions of Brownsville: A Survey of Neighborhood Quality of Life, Safety, and Services

By Suvi Hynynen Lambson

The results of a 2010 community survey in Brownsville, Brooklyn focusing on perceptions of neighborhood quality of life, youth issues, public safety, and criminal justice agencies.

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Community Perceptions of Newark: Neighborhood Quality of Life, Safety, and the Justice System

Community Perceptions of Newark: Neighborhood Quality of Life, Safety, and the Justice System

By Josephine W. Hahn

This report provides results of a 2013 community survey in Newark, New Jersey. Working alongside local residents and Newark-based nonprofits, researchers sought to learn community perceptions of the justice system, public safety, and community life in Newark.

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Community Perceptions of Red Hook, Brooklyn: Views of Quality of Life, Safety, and Services

Community Perceptions of Red Hook, Brooklyn: Views of Quality of Life, Safety, and Services

By Rachel Swaner

This report provides the results of a regular community survey focusing on perceptions of neighborhood quality of life, public safety, and criminal justice agencies in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Public Perceptions of Neighborhood Quality of Life and Safety in Five New York City Communities: Results from Operation Data, 2004-2005

Public Perceptions of Neighborhood Quality of Life and Safety in Five New York City Communities: Results from Operation Data, 2004-2005

By Amanda Cissner, Sarah Custer and Rachel Finkelstein

Based on surveys conducted in 2004 and 2005, this report documents community feedback on quality of life, public safety, community resources, and criminal justice agencies in five New York City neighborhoods.

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Op Data, 2001: Red Hook, Brooklyn

Op Data, 2001: Red Hook, Brooklyn

By Kelli Moore

Results of an annual survey that focuses on residents’ perceptions of: neighborhood public safety and quality of life, existing community resources, and the criminal justice system.

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Op Data, 2003: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Op Data, 2003: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

By Amanda Cissner and Amy Ellenbogen

Results of a baseline survey of the community served by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center.

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Op Data, 2003: Long Island City

Op Data, 2003: Long Island City

By Liz Bracco, Amanda Cissner and Michael Freedman-Schnapp

A community survey that measures the opinions of community members on issues of quality of life, safety, and community services.

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