Community Board Radio

“Community boards play an important role in improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers, but many people don't know a lot about them or how they operate. We urge you to browse this page to discover how your community board can help you, and how you may be able to help your community board.”

-- NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Website



There are 59 community boards across the five boroughs of New York. Most have general and subcommittee meetings on a monthly basis. These meetings are open to the public, but it is difficult to find information on them online. Community boards play an integral role in city government and hold regulatory power over local issues.

This project aims to make community boards more accessible by creating a radio website that hosts recordings of monthly community board meeting notes. The project aims to use a collective narrative approach by having notes read by community residents. This version is a prototype, so not all of the stations work at the moment.

You can view the website here. Currently, the below stations work:

  • Brooklyn 1

  • Bronx 11

  • Manhattan 9

  • Manhattan 12

  • Queens 6

  • Queens 9

  • Staten Island 3

This project was developed during a class at ITP in Spring 2019 called Resist! Tech + Activist taught by Lyel Resner. You can read more about the process here.

You can view my code on Github here. I made this website using p5.js and basic html and css.


A HUGE thank you to the following people who read community board meeting notes:

Aaron Moreno

Adi Dahiya

Cara Neel

Hannah Tardie

Jonathan Koch

Megan Tracy

Kaelyn Cincotta

And a final thank you to Dana Elkis for visual language consultation!