Please be advised that on/about Saturday, November 4, 2017 between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm and on Monday, November 6, 2017 between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm, (weather and field conditions permitting), the bus stop located on Seventh Avenue and Flatbush Avenue for NYC Transit Buses B67 and B69 towards Kensington Avenue will be temporarily closed. Please board at the next available location on Seventh Avenue and Sterling Place 1/2 block further west.


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.

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



Healthy Homes Workshop


A certificate will be provided to all participants

Come and learn about:

• Lead poisoning and sources of lead

• Preventing and getting rid of bedbugs

· How to control pests safely
· Listing of Locations:
· Bronx- West Farms Library, Tremont Library, and Pelham Bay library
· Brooklyn-Bushwick Library, Eastern Parkway Library, Flatbush Library, Crown Heights Library, Sheepshead Bay Library, and Brighton Beach library
· Queens- Woodside library, Rosedale library, Central library, Lefferts library, Queens Village library, Ozone Park library, South Jamaica library, and Richmond Hill Library
· Manhattan- Columbia Community Partnership for Health, Seward Park Library, and Chatham Square library

· For times and dates, you can call 646-632-6022

Biking Dangers…

[This is a singe riders experience without supportive data.]

This morning I biked to the lovely Red Hook Swimming Pool for early bird lap swim. This ride is sixteen minutes from our block. Below are my two routes (left – to the pool; right – back to our block).


I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the most comfortable city biker. 95% of my rides involve getting to Prospect Park and doing loops. This morning I learned, first-hand, how unnerving bicycling on Dean Street is. To me, the most anxiety-riddled part of the ride is crossing Hamilton Avenue (under the BQE). Next though is riding Dean Street between 6th and Vanderbilt. On my way home, I encountered:

  • FDNY pulling out and going the wrong way on Dean to get to 6th Avenue
  • 3 different double-parked vehicles in front of 535 Dean, syncopated with double parked automobiles (presumably) associated with Temple of Restoration creating a slalom-like experience
  • 2 construction works unloading materials on Dean Street for 535 Carlton Avenue
  • 4 illegally parked USPS vehicles narrowing the street and frustrating the driver behind me as we form a bike-to-car caravan

DOT: let’s not be regressive and await accidents (like these on Vanderbilt Avenue and the original MPT reducing sight lines). Let’s also not discuss the inability for the DOT to enforce. The DOT has high-quality planners that have expertise on improving these situations. Please assist.