As LinkNYC seeks to expand its network throughout New York City, the company was interested in what it could do to help the communities within particular neighborhoods. We chose Sunset Park, a neighborhood in Brooklyn rich with culture. With two distinct immigrant communities - Chinese and Latino - and a newly-developed waterfront, Sunset Park feels very different from street to street.
Building on top of the existing practice of posting notices on lampposts, we proposed developing a digital community bulletin board on the LinkNYC kiosks that would allow locals in Sunset Park to advertise their services and post notices. A real-time translation feature could overcome the language barrier among the distinct immigrant communities, promoting cross-community interaction, and building up a stronger neighborhood voice to advocate for local initiatives.