Coronavirus Resources in Prospect Heights

March 22, 2020

Hi North Prospect Heights neighbors,

We hope this finds you and your family healthy and in good spirits!

Starting tonight, Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order “NYS on Pause” mandating that 100% of the non-essential workforce must stay home becomes effective.

Times like these bring out the best in our neighbors.  If you or one of your neighbors is in non-emergency need, follow the links below or reach out to us and we’ll try to help you identify the best way to address the problem.

We would like to encourage everyone to please support our local businesses!  Order food or supplies for take-out or delivery.  Our support is essential to help our neighborhood businesses and their employees weather this very difficult time.  Some local businesses offer special incentives.  For example order take-out directly from Alta Calidad and get a free margarita!  Buy a 20% discounted gift card from Sweet Polly and all of the proceeds go to an aid fund for their furloughed employees.

As always, reach out to us with any concerns, issues or input.  We’ll be in touch over the coming weeks with further updates.

With Very Best Wishes,

The North Prospect Heights Association Board


Governor Cuomo’s 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows: 

  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes



If you have symptoms, please first stay at home and call your health care provider.  If you don’t have a health care provider, you can call the New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist hotline at 646-697-4000.

In the case of emergencies, call 911.  For non-emergencies or any questions, please contact 311.

For NYC’s official source of information about emergency alerts and important city services enroll for free in Notify NYC.

For the latest information and best practice guidelines, we encourage you to visit DOHMH’s website at

To enroll in NYS’s Coronavirus email updates.

Text COVID to 692-692 for coronavirus updates

Price Gouging hotline: 800-697-1220

24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065


as provided by Assemblymember Carroll
MEALS ON WHEELS: This organization delivers meals to the elderly population.  Many of its local programs are struggling with the additional costs of delivering meals during the outbreak.  You can find ways to help a local program here or donate to the national organization here.

NYC ORGANIZATIONS:  You can donate to several New York City-based food relief organizations that are working to ensure meals are delivered to the city’s elderly population or those who are too sick to cook or shop for food.

  • Citymeals is taking donations to ensure “every one of our homebound elderly neighbors in need has nourishing meals during this dangerous outbreak”
  • God’s Love We Deliver, a nonsectarian organization that prepares and delivers “nutritious and medically tailored meals” to people living with illnesses, is looking for both volunteers as well as donations to sponsor their emergency meal bags of “shelf-stable food” to their clients.
The American Red Cross: As the number of coronavirus cases increases in the US, the number of people eligible to give blood and platelets for patients in need could decrease further, the Red Cross said.  The organization is urging all eligible, healthy donors to donate blood and platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply flow and avoid potential shortages.  Check the American Association of Blood Banks locator, visit the Red Cross website, or call 1-800-Red-Cross.  You can also find information through the America’s Blood Centers website.


as provided by Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo:

Starting Monday, March 23, grab-an-go meals will be available a the following schools:

  • M.S. 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center (300 Adelphi Street)
  • P.S. 067 Charles A. Dorsey (51 St. Edwards Street)
  • Acorn Community High School (561 Grand Avenue)
  • IS 340 (Old PS 11) (249 Sterling Place)
  • Medgar Evers College Preparatory School (1186 Carroll Street)
  • P.S. 161 The Crown (330 Crown Street)
  • P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School (46 McKeever Place)

Dates, locations and menus are subject to change.  Check for updates.



The following are our previously scheduled meeting dates.  Please stay tuned for updates:

Monday, April 20th (tentative)
Monday, May 18th
Monday, June 15th
Monday, July 13th

Thanks for joining us Monday, February 3rd!

Prospect Heights faces some of the most significant additions to the amount of buildable residential and commercial square feet in the neighborhood since Atlantic Yards was first approved in 2006.  And there are smaller changes, too like plans that may adversely impact some of our local street intersections.  What goals should our neighborhood have?  We’ll share information about potential changes to our neighborhood and take input on what we should do to address those changes.

Do you want to be a NPHA board member? If so, please let us know!  Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting and give their input.  If you have ideas for agenda items, or questions about our association, please email them to us!

NPHA’s February Meeting

DATE: Monday, February 3rd
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: 535 Dean Street, (Newswalk), ground floor community room
AGENDA:  Priorities for our neighborhood.  

Plus updates about the next two buildings in the Atlantic Yards / Pacific Park project on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt, future up-zoning on Atlantic and the McDonald’s lot, proposed changes to 93 St. Marks Avenue in the historic district, new issues with rats and more.

November 18th Public Meeting

NPHA’s next monthly public meeting is Monday, November 18th at 7:30 pm.  It will be located at 535 Dean Street in the community room on the lobby floor.

We’ll discuss Atlantic Yards / Pacific Park, including updates about the partial closure of the 535 Carlton Avenue open space, a potential art installation on a construction fence on Dean, and the status of the overall plans.

Also on our radar: potential zoning changes which may make our neighborhood considerably more dense on Atlantic Avenue, including the area in which McDonald’s is located.

We’ll also update the community about a potential extension on 93 St. Marks and a liquor license at 570 Vanderbilt.

What should we do for the holidays? Come, give your input and learn more!

Please mark your calendars. See you all then!

DATE: Monday, November 18th
TIME: 7:30pm
LOCATION: 535 Dean Street, (Newswalk), ground floor community room
AGENDA: Atlantic Yards / Pacific Park; potential zoning changes that will shape our neighborhood permanently; NPHA’s holiday plans, and other neighborhood updates.

Please reach out to us at if you have ideas for this meeting, or our association generally.  We look forward to seeing you!

October Public Meeting

Our next meeting is Monday, October 21st at 7:30 pm.  It will be located at 535 Dean Street in the community room on the lobby floor.

We’ll discuss next steps following Community Board 8’s recent rejection of a rear extension on 93 St. Marks Avenue.  What should our protocols for future historic district-related issues be?

We’ll also provide updates about the Atlantic Yards plan and discuss the partial closure of 535 Carlton’s open space.  What should our potential input related to construction fences for the B12 and B13 sites on Dean Street be?

Finally, we are a growing association!  Please come and learn more!

Please mark your calendars. More details of the agenda to come.  See you all then!


DATE: Monday, October 21st
TIME: 7:30pm
LOCATION: 535 Dean Street, (Newswalk), ground floor community room
AGENDA: Update on Atlantic Yards / Pacific Park, Community Development Committee

Please reach out to us at if you have ideas for this meeting, or our association generally.  We look forward to seeing you!

NPHA’s September Meeting

Our next meeting is Monday, September 16th,  7:30 pm at  535 Dean Street, community room on the lobby floor.

We’ll discuss growing our organization, share information about changes to our neighborhood, and take input on what we are doing to address those changes.  Currently those steps include joining the coalition BrooklynSpeaks and giving input to Community Board 8 about the future up-zoning of Atlantic Avenue in Prospect Heights.  We also continue to work on local environmental issues like implementation of the middle school on Sixth Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets, construction noise, and rats.

Please note that Empire State Development will hold a “Quality of Life” meeting on Tuesday, September 17th.  The meeting will be attended by the School Construction Authority.

Please mark your calendars. See you all then!

DATE: Monday, September 16th
TIME: 7:30pm
LOCATION: 535 Dean Street, (Newswalk), ground floor community room
AGENDA: Update on Atlantic Yards / Pacific Park, land use issues like the HPD lots and the up-zoning of Atlantic Avenue, and the rat task force.

Please reach out to us at if you have ideas for this meeting, or our association generally.  We look forward to seeing you!