Please join us Monday, January 25th

Please join us for our virtual meeting this month.  We’ll discuss tenant hardships, and future next steps for NPHA.  

Feel free to reach out to us with suggestions for the agenda to northprosp

Time: Jan 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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Atlantic Yards Project  
Quality of Life Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
Via Virtual Conferencing
https://zoom.us/j/94576141104
Dial In: +16465588656,,94576141104#
Meeting ID: 945 7614 1104


Please send Project-related questions and suggested agenda items to atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov.  And keep NPHA in the loop about any concerns/input at northprospectheights@gmail.com
 
Community Board 8 Transportation, Environment and Sanitation Meeting
TIME:  Jan 26th at 6:15


Discussion about open streets with the Department of Transportation and with the Department of Design and Construction on sewer and water main work on Park Place and Underhill Avenues.

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Meet the City Council Candidates for District 35 Monday, December 14th!

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

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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 northprospectheights@gmail.com.
 
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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

NPHA’s November meeting

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
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Agenda:  Meet our new state representatives and/or their staff, HPD Lots, COVID preparations, Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Meeting 

What else would you like us to discuss?  Please reach out to us at northprospectheights@gmail.com


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 city’s plans to develop 516 Bergen and 546 Dean Streets

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 unfulfilled pledge 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.  

NPHA’s August Monthly Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting to discuss the future of NPHA. We want to hear from you as we embark on a new phase.

We started less than 2 years ago, with a mission to focus on how our community can more effectively respond to the burgeoning development that impacts our day-to-day lives. In meeting together for the first year, we realized that there are many more issues that neighbors want to discuss. And, of course, this year has been a difficult one for many of us, as we have lost jobs, loved ones, and habits that gave us life and kept us busy. For some of us, the space has created a re-envisioning of our lives, priorities, and needs. While we have been isolated from our usual routines and loved ones because of the pandemic, we have also seen a heartening display of community connections in our Mutual Aid groups and meetings, Open Streets, and protests.

We have spent the last two months in joint conversation with the GPHMA group to discuss race and policing in our neighborhood. We would like to continue those discussions. We would also like to hear more from you about what you would like NPHA to focus on.

  • What needs do you have that you would like to be addressed?
  • What conversations do you think should take place in our neighborhood?
  • How can we more effectively get to know one another? Especially now?
  • How can we more effectively connect and communicate with one another? 

Perhaps you’d like to join the Board or an existing committee, start and lead a new committee, our share your talents and skills.   Perhaps you’d like to lead fun neighborhood activities. Bring your ideas and invite a neighbor!  This is your community too and we value your input.  Feel free to simply attend the general membership and become informed.  More importantly, all are welcome!

Please join us Monday, August 17th at 7 PM as we initiate these discussions and talk about North Prospect Heights Association’s future.

The North Prospect Heights Association Board:

Alyssa Keil, Interim Co-President
Linda Wilson, Interim Co-President
Sharlene Dantzler, Co-Secretary
Lynette Field, Co-Secretary
Louis Galdieri
Cathy Iselin
Peter Krashes
Donald Matheson
Susan Marcus
Robert Puca
Elaine Weinstein

To join our August 17th meeting please REGISTER HERE

Maya Wiley joins our conversation Thursday

This week, together with Greater Prospect Heights Mutual Aid Group, we will continue with our series on race and policing with Maya Wiley, MSNBC Legal Analyst, SVP for Social Justice at The New School, and former Chair of NYC’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).

Date:  Thursday, July 30 @ 8 PM
Access Link

If you have any thoughts or reflections about these conversations, please share them with us at northprospectheights@gmail.com or gphmutualaid@gmail.com.

Please join us for our monthly meeting Monday, July 20th!

Join us to discuss the challenges tenants face, and major changes to the neighborhood that are about to enter public processes.  We’ll also provide an update on our ongoing discussion about race and the police which we co-sponsor with the Greater Prospect Heights Mutual Aid Group.

As always, our monthly meetings are open and public, and we welcome input into our agenda.  Please reach out to us with any suggestions.

Are you having trouble making rent? Are you worried that you are facing eviction?  Are you wondering what your rights as a tenant are?

New York State’s moratorium on evictions is being modified and narrowed.  On July 27th, Brooklyn housing court is preparing to resume in-person eviction cases for those pending cases that were filed before March 16.

Because of the COVID Rent Relief Program, for a window in time, tenants can find help with their rent.

We’ll discuss the current status of the moratorium, the COVID Rent Relief Program, and rights for tenants generally.

Our weekly conversation about race and the police co-sponsored with the Greater Prospect Heights Mutual Aid Group is ongoing.  

Our conversations will continue to take place on Thursday nights.  What topics do you think need to be addressed?

Notes on previous conversations can be found here:

Mayor de Blasio has announced that New York City will resume its review processes for zoning changes.  And HPD’s development of lots on Dean and Bergen,  and the up-zoning of northern Prospect Heights and Crown Heights called M-Crown are both going to proceed through these processes soon.

NYC Housing Preservation and Development, (HPD), has told us they will begin community outreach in August, and that they plan to pursue zoning changes with one lot including a minimum of 80 senior housing units, or roughly twice what is currently allowable in one lot with current zoning. There will be community facilities and services in both lots.  They’ve asked us to work with them on community outreach.

We’ll share what we know about HPD’s plans, how they fit with the principles  we adopted several years ago, and discuss our next steps.

We’ll also provide an update about M-Crown.  In Prospect Heights M-Crown will lead to the upzoning of Atlantic Avenue including the McDonald’s lot (+).  M-Crown will lead to the greatest changes in Prospect Heights since Atlantic Yards.

Both M-Crown and the HPD lots are located in North Prospect Heights.

NPHA  July Meeting

Date:  Monday, July 20 @ 7 PM
Registration Link (Zoom)Agenda:  Tenants: rent and evictions; Update on our conversation about race and the police; Community Development Committee reports on HPD, M-Crown and Atlantic Yards; Rodent update

Please register in advance to ensure a prompt start.  NPHA’s monthly general meetings are always open to the public.  Along with our email distributions, we share information within the association via SLACK.

To contact us: northprospectheights@gmail.com

Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Meeting

Date: Tuesday, July 21 @ 6 PM
Access Link:  https://zoom.us/j/95410211649
Dial In: +16465588656,,95410211649# 
Meeting ID: 95410211649Agenda:
1).  Empire State Development (ESD)
2).  Atlantic Yards Community Development Corp, (AYCDC)
3).  Barclays Center
4).  Greenland Forest City Partners

Note:  This meeting is run by Empire State Development.  If the meeting is run as previously, questions must be submitted in writing in advance or during the meeting itself.  NPHA will submit questions.  Please let us know at northprospectheights@gmail.com if you have concerns or questions you want addressed.

New leadership; policing in Prospect Heights

Thank you to everyone who joined in our meeting last night. The discussion about our experiences and feelings involving the police presence in Prospect Heights was as needed as it was moving, and we are incredibly grateful for everyone who contributed to the conversation. As promised, below is information on the various follow up items that came out of yesterday’s call:

NPHA leadership and elections  

NPHA is dedicated to outreach and community participation.  Because of the challenge of holding an election during the emergency conditions produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed our annual board election this spring and scheduled a new election for this upcoming October.  After a year of hard work helping NPHA build, Cathy Iselin and Elaine Weinstein have stepped down as Co-Presidents of NPHA.  They remain on the NPHA board.  Our new interim Co-Presidents are Alyssa Keil and Linda Wilson.  If you are interested in learning more about our board, or how you can join, please let us know!

Slack channel

NPHA members use SLACK to share information and ideas with each other.  You can join our Slack channel by emailing us at the address below.

Next Meeting Re: Policing in Prospect Heights

We are very excited about continuing last night’s conversation at another meeting. We are working on finalizing possible times for our next meeting and will be following up shortly. Additionally, if you have any other thoughts on the current state of policing in the neighborhood or possible ways we can move forward that you would prefer to share directly with the Board, feel free to respond to us at the email below.

Community Development Committee Meeting 

Everyone is welcome to join the Community Development Committee.  It will meet Monday, June 22nd at 7 PM.   It will discuss new information from HPD about development at its two sites, as well as Atlantic Yards and M-Crown.  Details to follow.

All the best,
The North Prospect Heights Association Board 
northprospectheights@gmail.com

NPHA’s June Virtual Meeting

Please join NPHA on June 15th at 7pm for a virtual meeting to discuss:

  • Your opinion on the increased police presence in our neighborhood
  • Interactions you have had with the police in the neighborhood, historically and currently
  • NYPD’s lack of use of required PPE (face masks)

During the last three weeks, Prospect Heights has seen an exponential increase in police presence and activity, and no one can deny that this has had an impact on our environment and lives. Our neighborhood has been a center for the protests that have swept the world around police brutality and racial injustice. It is stirring to see neighbors step out of their homes to applaud protesters as they pass by.  Many of us are joining in the protests. In response to the protests, parts of the northern part of Prospect Heights are barricaded off from others.  Some of us are asked to show IDs.  Sidewalks have been blocked off at major intersections for police barricades.

North Prospect Heights Association has signed onto a neighborhood letter to Mayor de Blasio that decries the escalation in police response to protest activity, asks for a ban on the requirement of government-issued identification to access our homes, and for the freedom to roam for residents and non-residents alike.  It also asks for meaningful engagement with local community and civic organizations where protest activity is taking place, to allow local residents to dictate what safety should look like.

We want to hear from the community about their feelings and experiences regarding the police officers and barricades now stationed on our blocks. While we encourage all neighbors to voice their opinions, we particularly hope to center the voices and experiences of our black and brown neighbors who often absorb the brunt of aggressive and unjust police behavior.

Please join us this coming Monday.   If you cannot make the meeting, or you would like to share ideas or concerns in advance, please email us at northprospectheights@gmail.com.

NPHA’S JUNE MEETING
DATE: Monday, June 15th
TIME: 7:00 PM
AGENDA:  Protests for racial justice and their implications for our neighborhood.To join the conversation, please register for our discussion on Zoom by following this link.

NPHA’s UPCOMING MEETING SCHEDULE

Monday, July 13th (tentative)

Join Us in Decrying Racism and Police Brutality

Join North Prospect Heights Association in signing an individual and organizational letter to Mayor de Blasio that responds to protests against harsh and unjust policing, and calls for NYPD accountability.

The members of our association work hard to make our neighborhood a vital and welcoming place for everyone.  Both the COVID-19 pandemic and recent  episodes of police brutality captured on camera have spotlighted structural racism and economic injustice in our neighborhood and our country.  Our response to these inequities to join with the protesters to affirm: Black Lives Matter.

From the letter: “As organizations who have committed to ensuring that our neighborhoods remain places where commerce, retail, livability and safety are actualized, we will not settle for harsh policing as the answer — not now, not in our neighborhoods, and not in our City.”

Among other steps, the letter calls for a de-escalation in response to protesters and respect for their rights, meaningful engagement with local community and civic organizations where protest activity is taking place, and a commitment to reduce the NYPD’s almost 6 billion budget in this time of economic crisis so that crucial services, programs and infrastructure are not reduced.

Along with NPHA, other organizational signatories are the Greater Prospect Heights Mutual Aid Society, the PS9 Parent-Teachers Association, Crown Heights North Association, Clinton Hill/Fort Greene Mutual Aid, Boerum Hill & Downtown Brooklyn Mutual Aid.

Read the letter and sign on.

 

Atlantic Yards / Pacific Park Quality of Life Meeting
DATE: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
TIME: 6:00 PM
Via Zoom Virtual Conferencing
https://zoom.us/j/97823735305
Dial In: +16465588656,,97823735305#
Meeting ID: 97823735305Do you have concerns about the project’s plans or implementation?  Is construction causing problems for your family?Please send Project related questions and suggested agenda items toAtlanticYards@esd.ny.gov