Dean Street has benefited from numerous collective efforts by community members over the years. Current residents remember block parties, organized activities for kids and efforts to improve the area stretching back decades. Some members of the current block association have lived on Dean Street for fifty years, and some families have lived here for three generations or more.
The history of the current block association stretches back to 1988, when residents on Dean Street began meeting to organize a block party and sweep up Dean Playground. The current block association, as defined in its bylaws, stretches on Dean Street from 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt as well as Pacific Street from 6th Avenue to Carlton Avenue.
The block association has been involved in many issues over the years. It traditionally advocates for and attempts to improve Dean Playground. It also places continuing emphasis on clean, safe and green streets. Over the years the community has worked collectively in relation to many issues including the expansion of the former Daily News loading docks, the conversion of the Daily News plant to condominiums, and more recently the Atlantic Yards proposal. Together with Councilmember Letitia James, Community Board 8 and Friends of Dean Playground, (which the block association helped form in 2005), our block association helped raise 1.4 million dollars of private funds for Dean Playground improvements in 2006.
Since 2004 the block association has met no less than once a month. All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to come to our meetings.