North Prospect Heights Association’s monthly meeting will be Monday, May 24th at 7:00 PM.
Are you confused by ranked-choice voting? New York City will be using ranked-choice voting for Primary and Special Elections for the offices of Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and City Council. To help you prepare for the upcoming primary elections in June we will be joined by Rank the Vote NYC. They will give a presentation and answer your questions.
We will also be giving new updates on the 840 Atlantic Avenue and HPD lot developments and discussing community visioning for the future. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. __________________________________________________________
Join us Monday, April 19th at 7:30 PM to meet Brian Paul, Senior Project Manager in New York City Council’s Land Use Division.
North Prospect Heights is moving toward a number of significant changes in zoning that will affect the density of our area including the HPD lot developments and three current proposals for buildings of 17 stories or more on Atlantic Avenue between Vanderbilt and Grand Avenues. The city’s process for reviewing changes is the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). How does ULURP work? Are there ways ULURP can be improved?
Mr. Paul has been at New York City Council since 2014. In his current position he performs analysis of ULURP applications as well as undertakes broader studies of key planning issues. The Land Use Division is the group of planners and land use attorneys that assist all Council Members in addressing land use and planning issues in their districts. This includes dealing with ULURP applications as well as working with the Speaker, Land Use Committee, Zoning Subcommittee, Landmarks Subcommittee chairs and other members to advance community planning efforts in individual districts and citywide policy solutions.
He will make a presentation on the ULURP process generally, as well as a City Council proposal to modify the ULURP process called PLANNING TOGETHER. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about ULURP and its relationship to potential changes in our neighborhood.
Would you like to share questions in advance? Please submit them here.
__________________________________________ NORTH PROSPECT HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION’S APRIL MEETING
When: Apr 19, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
A very big thank you to all the residents and businesses who worked to make our second Prospect Heights Community Clean Up Day such a success!
In addition to the many neighbors who cleaned their blocks, at least 125 organized volunteers worked to clean a wide range of targeted areas in Prospect Heights. The volunteers collected approximately 135 BAGS of garbage.
Let’s keep up the cooperative efforts!
The clean up day was co-sponsored by Carlton Avenue Association, Cultural Row Block Association, Friends of the Berms, Greater Prospect Heights Mutual Aid, North Flatbush Business Improvement District, North Prospect Heights Association, Park Place between Carlton and Vanderbilt Block Association, Park Place / Underhill Block Association, Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, Plaza Street Block Association, Prospect Heights Community Farm, Prospect Place Block Association, and St. Marks Avenue Prospect Heights Community Garden.
We’d especially like to thank Detective Brian Laffey and P.O. Brian Ferguson from 78th Precinct Community Affairs, the 78th Precinct Explorers, Daniela Adams from Chick-fil-A, and the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for all of their efforts.
The photos below show the clean up in five target areas in Prospect Heights: the 78th Precinct self-enforcement zone/Pacific Park construction area; Vanderbilt Avenue; the Park Place/Carlton Avenue intersection, Underhilll Playground, and the southern Underhill Avenue environs.
Join your neighbors for a community wide clean up tomorrow from 9 to 12 AM! You can register HERE.
Clean in front of your own building or help clean another area. The more neighbors pitch in the better. To join the clean up of a targeted area, meet here at 9 AM: 535 Dean Street, Carlton Avenue/Park Place, 550 Vanderbilt, Underhill Playground, Underhill Avenue/Lincoln Place.
Bring tools and gloves if you can. Social distancing and masks are required.
To enable street cleaning, parking WILL NOT be allowed in the following locations between 9 and 12 AM on Saturday:
Pacific Street between Sixth and Carlton Avenues
Bergen Street between Sixth and Carlton Avenues
Carlton Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets
Note: Because of street work, it is no longer necessary to remove parking on Dean Street.
Please spread the word. DSNY has arranged for a street sweeper to assist the clean up during this period. It is essential vehicles be moved in order for the streets and sidewalks to be cleaned successfully.
Remember to save the date for North Prospect Heights Association’s next monthly meeting on Monday, April 19th at 7 PM. Details to follow.
Captain Souffrant will be present to get feedback from the community about the 78th Precinct which is located on Sixth Avenue between Bergen and Dean Streets, as well as operations of the NYPD generally. The precinct defines a self-enforcement zone of approximately seven blocks in the vicinity of the precinct building. These blocks have limited traffic and parking regulation enforcement. This affects the passage of pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles through our area as well as street sanitation. The area was also affected by street closures and barricades during the protests last summer.
Would you like to share your ideas, questions or concerns in advance? Submit them HERE.
Kathryn Garcia was Commissioner of the NYC Department of Sanitation from 2014 to 2020. She was also the chief operating officer of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and in 2019 served as the chief executive officer of the New York City Housing Authority as part of an emergency effort to address lead paint problems. She is currently a candidate in the 2021 Mayoral Election.
Would you like to share your ideas, questions and concerns in advance? Submit them HERE.
__________________________________________ NORTH PROSPECT HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION’S MARCH MEETING When: Mar 15, 2021 7:30 to 9:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Community Development Committee, Wednesday, February 17th An update about our efforts related to HPD’s proposed developments. Plus what goals should NPHA have for new developments, our quality of life, our streets? How can we address them? Are you a tenant concerned about your lease or your landlord?
All NPHA members are welcome.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING DATE: Wednesday, February 17th @ 7:30 PM
NPHA’s annual meeting Monday, Feb. 22nd Please join us for our virtual meeting in February. We’ll be holding board elections and discussing our efforts over the last year.
Our bylaws make room for our Board, which currently has nine members, to have fifteen. NPHA’s goal is to bring together new and long-time residents of Prospect Heights including both property owners and tenants. We’d love to hear your voice on our board. If you are interested in joining, please let us know!
________________________________________ From our North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District neighbors:
We encourage you to take this opportunity to show some love for North Flatbush Avenue businesses! Here’s how you can participate:
Write an acknowledgement of your favorite North Flatbush Avenue business (Flatbush Avenue from Atlantic to Grand Army Plaza and adjacent triangle intersections), and tag @northflatbushbk and with the hashtag #SmallBusinessSweetie. This can be:A screen-shot of a positive review you’ve left on Google, Yelp, Seamless, etcA selfie inside (or outside) the businessA photo of one of your favorite products. Be sure to tag @northflatbushbk and include the hashtag #SmallBusinessSweetie ! Twice a week NFBID will pick a random participant to receive a $25 gift certificate to that small business, courtesy of North Flatbush Avenue BID.
Your North Flatbush Avenue Neighbors Need You Now! No doubt many of you heard about the recent travesty that impacted our neighbors at 71-73 Saint Marks Avenue/ 267 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn New York. A fire tore through the upper floors of the building displacing residents of nine apartments and causing intense damage to the building and ground floor business, Morgan’s Brooklyn BBQ. We are assured to know that there were no injuries or fatalities. But there are people that are hurting and could use our support.
The Executive Committee of the North Flatbush Avenue BID Board of Directors has recently approved the creation of an Emergency Support Fund and to be stewards of this fundraising opportunity. The intention of this fund is to aid:completely or partially furloughed employees of Morgan’s Brooklyn BBQany of the nine 71//73 Saint Marks Avenue Flatbush Avenue households that identify as in need of assistance.Click HERE to make a contribution!
The 2021 election will bring a new City Council member to District 35. Join NPHA to meet candidates Renee Collymore, Curtis Harris, Michael Hollingsworth, Crystal Hudson, Terrance Knox, Deirdre Levy and Hector Robinson on Monday night, December 14th at 7 PM. Get to know the candidates and address your priorities and concerns with them directly!
Perris Straughter, Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Predevelopment at NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, will also join to discuss HPD’s proposals to develop 516 Bergen and 542 Dean Streets with our members.
When: Dec 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Agenda:Meet the Candidates for District 35 Discuss development at 516 Bergen and 542 Dean Streets with NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Assistant Commissioner Perris Straughter
Complicating this particularly challenging holiday season, for those interested in HPD’s projects, HPD will attend a joint meeting of the Housing and Land Use Committees of Community Board 8 on Thursday the 17th.. See the details below.
As always, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
__________________________________________________ Joint Meeting of CB8’s Housing and Land Use Committees HPD Report-back Meeting 516 Bergen and 542 Dean Street HPD lots Dec 17th at 6:15 PM
Webex Virtual Platform
“The purpose of the meeting is for HPD to report back on the feedback they have received during the Bergen and Dean Community Engagement. They plan to do a short presentation summarizing what they have heard from the meetings, workshop and survey. They also want to hear the Community Board’s and the public’s feedback on what they present as that will inform the final community visioning report that will be attach to the RFP.” Meeting link: https://nyccb.webex.com/nyccb/j.php?MTID=m031e02c618df945a1887992f82738e4c Meeting number: 179 960 6852 Password: D9EuMhYgy62 Join by phone +1-646-992-2010 UnitedStates Toll (New York City) +1-408-418-9388 UnitedStates Toll Access code: 179 960 6852
Come and meet your new State representatives-elect and/or staff. Jabari Brisport, State Senator-elect for our State Senate district and Phara Souffant Forrest, State Assembly Member-elect for our State Assembly district are invited.
Important information about the proposal by NYC Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD) to build affordable senior housing on Dean and Bergen Streets will be discussed.
We support the creation of deeply affordable senior housing.
However, we believe that, without proper community input, this project may open our already-crowded neighborhood to additional large-scale redevelopment and displacement of current residents.
Your awareness of the proposed development, including the potential physical changes and challenges to our existing infrastructure, will be critical to ongoing discussion with HPD and the Department of City Planning and Community Board 8 about the shape of this development.
1). NPHA’s November Monthly Meeting Nov. 16th at 7:00pm to 8:00pm, online meeting REGISTER
Agenda: Meet our new state representatives and/or their staff, HPD Lots, COVID preparations, Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Meeting
2). HPD’s Urban Design Workshop Nov 18, 6:30pm to 8:30pm online meeting To RSVP
Please RSVP ASAP! Attendance for HPD’s workshop will be capped at 75 people. If they cannot accommodate all interest they will host the same meeting again on December 2nd.
The purpose of this online public meeting is to gain a better understanding of this community’s vision for how the site will best benefit its future residents and the community as a whole. Facilitated through a series of activities and discussions, participants will be asked to give their feedback on the non-residential uses, affordability and design features they feel should included in these project.
The North Prospect Height Association currently advocates to make sure the development of two neighborhood lots align with community needs and concerns.
The City owns two sites, the former NYC Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development (HPD) Brooklyn headquarters, on Bergen and Dean Streets between 6th Ave. and Carlton. HPD now proposes to rezone and develop these sites as affordable housing for seniors and other groups in need. The Prospect Heights community strongly supports the creation of deeply affordable senior housing. However, HPD proposes using zoning that will allow buildings as tall as eight stories. A change to zoning for these projects risks triggering further zoning changes to the neighborhood.
The Dean Street site is also adjacent to an existing, heavily-used playground. Development at this site presents an opportunity to increase public open space in a neighborhood that, given current development, has a profound deficit of open space. The proposal does not consider this opportunity but rather uses the site to bring additional density to an already overtaxed neighborhood.
There is a need to create affordable homes for seniors in our neighborhood. But this community has also borne the burden of massive development at Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park without seeing a vast majority of promised jobs and affordable housing units—including an earlier still unfulfilledpledge of 10% affordable housing set aside for seniors. And now this community is doing all it can to ensure our voices are heard and our demands for truly affordable housing are met.
We ask for your support:
We strongly support the creation of deeply affordable senior housing.
We believe any new development must conform to existing R6B zoning. We are additionally concerned that any change to the zoning of mid-block sites may generate changes to zoning across a broader area.
One of the two sites is immediately adjacent to an existing playground. It is our hope the city recognizes and values this rare opportunity to increase public open space in an area that will have a profound open space deficit.
We believe that by working together with the City, we can create affordable homes for seniors in our neighborhood in a way that aligns with the needs of our whole community.