The percentage of African-American students at local schools has steadily declined over the past decade.
Residents will be able to vote on 18 projects in the neighborhood, and the top picks will get funded.
The PDC said the Parks Department only has to modify three benches before it gives final approval.
Locals have battled over a redesign of the "dangerous" playground for more than a year.
The staffer blamed an opposition group for halting progress on Playground 89's redesign.
The new playground design doesn't take into account the principal's concerns, said CB7 members.
The latest iteration of the Playground 89 redesign will be voted on this week by Community Board 7.
The P.S. 166 playground often has to close after a snowstorm because of its design, parents said.
The neighborhood is bursting with celebrations and Halloween events this weekend and next week.
The playground redesign is being reconsidered, months after the initial design was approved.
Delays in renovations to the P.S. 166 playground may push construction further into the school year.
Local leaders approved the Parks Department's changes for Playground 89 at P.S. 166.
The redesign of the playground sparked a heated debate between Upper West Side parents.
An opposition group is threatening a plan for local playground renovations this summer.
Even more students now qualify for the prestigious program, stressing local parents.
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