Dean Street Block Association General Meeting

Time:           Monday, October 2nd @ 7:00 pm
Place:          535 Dean Street (Newswalk), Apt. 706
We will welcome a representative from the NYC Comptroller’s office and discuss the board   election process for the following month.  Updates for 516 Carlton Avenue and 587-597 Dean will also be discussed.  
Please keep in mind that DSBA Board elections will take place at our November meeting.  Please consider running.  How much do you love your block!  Take a more active role and let your voice be heard!  Experience is not necessary.
Board officers include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Our board also includes from one to three member-at-large positions.  We also welcome any other creative ideas.
All DSBA meetings are open to everyone and discussion is open.  Feel free to bring your kids.

Uh-Oh Tow No-No!

Street Paving on Dean Street
Friday, September 22 & Monday, September 25
As part of construction for the Pacific Park Brooklyn project street paving is planned to take place on Friday, September 22 and Monday, September 25 on Dean Street between Carlton & Vanderbilt Avenue.

No parking signs have been posted indicating the areas where parking will be temporarily restricted.


Pacific Park Brooklyn Community Liaison Office

Empire State Development

Specialized High School Admissions Info Session

Start Date: September 26, 2017 – 6:30pm
Sponsored By: NYC Department of Education
Location: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library 10 Grand Army Plaza

Please join the New York City Department of Education to learn about the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), find out about LaGuardia High School auditions, and speak to a DOE representative. At the session, families can learn about the Specialized High Schools and the admissions process, and they can ask any questions they may have. Space is limited and available first-come, first-served.

Open to: Families with high school-bound students

Block Party (The Art Exhibit)


About the exhibition

Please join us Friday, September 15th from 6 to 8pm at the James Gallery for the opening reception of “Block Party” an exhibition of paintings by artist and community organizer Peter Krashes. We invite the Graduate Center community to a special Speakers’ Corner to add their voices and ideas about new visions for use of the ground floor of our building.

Peter Krashes’ studio painting over the past decade stands as one complete body of artistic research growing directly out of his other practice as an unpaid community organizer in the Dean Street area of Prospect Heights in Brooklyn.As Peter says, “My work as an activist and my work as an artist extend from the same set of values. All of my works are derived from meetings I attend or events and initiatives I help organize. There is no room in political or governmental processes for many of the activities we involve ourselves in, but perhaps none more so than painting a nuanced image in the studio. As a result, the paintings are the last step in a process I have been engaged with from beginning to end. The imperatives I feel outside the studio are explicit so the outcome in the studio is particular and linked directly to the real world.”

Linking the practices of painting and of activism points out the problematic of actions that can be consumed, ignored, and considered irrelevant by those in official political power. Their human scale and material presence as paint on canvas positions these paintings outside the processes in which decisions are made instead of seeking recognition in political discourses of power.

Taking a different approach to generating cultural power, Krashes has generated this body of paintings through working out questions that arise in his range of collaborative activist practices. For example, frustration with the narrow, sometimes apparently biased focus of the media has led Krashes to make paintings depicting the glare of cameras pointed in elected officials’ faces or expansive interiors of government chambers with recurring images of empty microphones. He also paints the flipside of this equation, namely that individual voices speaking collectively can exercise power. Neighbors painting protest signs, children’s face painting, Easter egg hunts, seedbombs tossed into empty lots, and block parties claim space—marking the presence of the communities willfully neglected by those in power.

October 2nd General Meeting

Please plan to join us on Monday, October 2nd at 7pm for our monthly block association meetings. Location – 535 Dean Street, #706.

On the agenda:

  • Discuss the upcoming board election (November 6th)
  • Meet Josue Pierre from the Office of the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
  • Updates on key topics such as 587 Bergen, rodents, and neighborhood construction