Monthly DSBA Meeting

Our next meeting will be Sunday, March 26th @ 6pm. The agenda includes:

  • Updates on the Block 1129 (Dean – Carlton/Vanderbilt) green wall (no not this)
  • Updates on the neighborhood parking situation
  • Planning Discussion for Atlantic Yards Overview and May 2nd Community Update meeting
  • June 2017 DSBA Block Party initial discussion. Discussion in three areas:
    • Event planning
    • Local business solicitation
    • Promotion and Advertising


Location: 638 Dean Street. If possible, please RSVP via Facebook.

Livable Neighborhoods Program: 2017 Request for Proposals

With support from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is seeking applications from community-based partners interested in leading creative and cultural asset-based placemaking efforts in their neighborhoods. Please see the resources below for more information about creative placemaking and how it can help foster economic development and enhance livability.
Selected applicants will work with MAS staff to develop and deliver two public workshops that will educate and engage their neighbors in the theory and practice of creative placemaking within the context of land-use planning in New York City, and the City’s first ever comprehensive cultural plan: CreateNYC.

MAS will provide selected applicants with small workshop budgets and participation stipends, as well as tools and guidance to support their management of workshop agendas, outreach and logistics. MAS staff and program partner Leo Vazquez, Executive Director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, will provide workshop content and facilitation.

Applications will remain open until Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified in early March and must commit to one meeting and a series of planning calls leading up to two public workshops to be held in April and May.

Following participation in the workshop series, partners will be invited to join MAS’s Livable NYC Exchange, a network of LNP alumni and peer capacity building organizations. New Livable NYC Exchange members will be offered a free one-year membership to MAS, including invitations to public programs and events throughout the year.

Successful applicants will include community leaders of many varieties including staff and volunteers with community-based organizations, engaged local residents and business owners, neighborhood and block association members, and Community Board members. 2016 Livable Neighborhoods Program partners included: Bronx Community Board 7, Flatbush-Nostrand BID and HABNET Chamber of Commerce, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and Asian Americans for Equality, Northfield Community LDC and Red Hook New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

For more information, please contact Joanna Crispe, Director of Community Engagement and Education at or (212) 935-3960 x1226.


Creative Placemaking
By Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa
Published by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2010

Creative Placemaking: Integrating Community, Cultural and Economic Development
By Leonardo Vazquez
Published by the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, 2012

How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development
Edited by Jason Schupbach and Don Ball
Published by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2016

Submit An Application

Please use our online form to apply.

Attendance at Most Recent Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation

What:              Meeting of the Directors of the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development.

When:             Monday, November 14, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.

Where:            Empire State Development
633 Third Avenue – 37th Floor Conference Room
New York, New York 10017

I represented our block association at this meeting. Our statement available november-14-aycdc-statement. Webcast here.

Community Update on Quality of Life

On Tuesday (November 1s), the Empire State Development agency along with the developer (GLFC) updated the community on recent changes and upcoming changes related to Atlantic Yards.

Read a thorough update on Atlantic Yards Report.

Three quick updates for us:

  1. 535 Carlton and 550 Vanderbilt will open to move-ins next month. Therefore, the green fences around those two buildings will come down and parking is scheduled to return partially. Carlton Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue (between Dean and Pacific) are the areas slated to resume old parking guidelines.
  2. The green fence on Dean Street between Carlton & Vanderbilt will come down at the ends of the block.
  3. Site B12 construction will ramp up shortly.

As always, file complaints related to construction on 311 and then AYWatch.

Topics Discussed (October 17th)

Thanks to the 50+ community members that joined with the 78th Precinct and Councilwoman Cumbo on October 17th at Terra CRG.

Many topics were discussed including:

  • Issues with drunken Barclays Center patrons (example)
  • Dogs on Dean Street Park turf
  • Triangle at Flatbush, Dean and 5th Avenue
  • Potential middle school within Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park

If you’d like more information, please leave your e-mail address and question in a comment to this post.

October 17th – Block Association Meeting

Dean Street Block Association invites you to meet with Council Member Laurie Cumbo.

WHEN:     Monday, October 17th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

PLACE:     634 Dean Street (Terra CRG)

We are hosting this meeting specifically for those who live or work near Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.  The focus will be on the new school planned for Dean Street, 6th Avenue and Pacific Streets as well as on quality of life and safety issues.  

Please come to share your ideas and concerns.  And bring your neighbors!  Children are welcome.

DSBA Attends CEC

From Elaine Weinstein:

As a representative of the Dean Street Association I attended the July 2016 meeting of  Community Education Council 13. The main effort of the Committee that evening was to interview a  potential replacement for an opening on the Committee. Additionally, the CEC reviewed the treasurer’s report and discussed project teams going forward.
I introduced myself as a representative of our group and asked whether the council had produced any reports that could be important to our block association. They said there were no reports issued but that if there were they would be posted on their website I plan to attend the next meeting scheduled for August 9th.

Going forward our goal is to encourage further transparency so that the community is informed of their process and decision making authority.

If anyone is interested in joining me feel free to email me.