Monthly Meeting, Monday Feb 18th @ 7:30

Monday, February 18th
7:30 – 9:00 pm
545 Dean Street


  • Changes to Pacific Street: loss of street trees, parking, lane direction
  • Update on the proposed Business Improvement District
  • Public Hearing on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
  • Lighting: streets, playground, Vanderbilt Railyards



Joint Playground/Block Association Meeting February 6th

TIME: Monday, February 6th @ 6:00 pm
PLACE: Iglesia Evangelica Latina, 506 Bergen Street

Come listen to Department of Parks and Recreation Brooklyn Borough Chief of Staff Martin Maher share plans for upcoming improvements to the playground. A comfort station will be built this year and a little further into the future the seating area will be renovated.

Please join us to learn the details and see the plans!

This is a joint meeting of Friends of Dean Playground and Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt

Kids are welcome.

**POSTPONED** Monthly Meeting – December 16 – 7:30PM


The next meeting of the block association is going to be postponed by a week or two. 

Marty Maher, the Chief of Staff for the Brooklyn Parks Department has offered to come to present the upcoming improvements to the playground.  He is checking his schedule to see if he is free the 30th.  I will send out a notice as soon as I get confirmation from his office.  The meeting will also cover Atlantic Yards issues because this is such a critical time.

In the meantime there will be two Atlantic Yards-related meetings on Thursday, January 26th:

1) Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet which will take place at 9:30 am at Borough Hall.  There is a chance the transportation demand management plan for the arena will be presented then.  

2) 6:00 pm a follow up to the December “roundtable” traffic meeting at Borough Hall for invited community groups (including our block association) will take place.  

Both meetings are open to the public.  More details to come.


Held every 3rd Monday of the month except holidays

TIME:       Monday, Dec. 16, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
PLACE:    545 Dean Street #1







Time:  4-6 PM
Place:  Meet at Dean and 6th Avenues

The tree beds and our trees need continuing care.  Help us clean up the tree beds and then kick back and enjoy movies in the playground.

Time:  8 -10:45 PM
Place:  Astroturf on Dean Playground

Bring your family, friends, coolers, lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to watch family-friendly movies!

Everyone is welcome!
Your input is essential – Please invite your neighbors

Dean Street Block Association Wins Grant!

Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt,  has been awarded a Love Your (NYC) Block award from the Citizens Committee for New York City in the amount of $500 to support our group’s block transformation efforts!

The grant will be applied to our continuing campaign to clean, green and make more safe Dean and Pacific Streets in our area. As part of the grant application process, the block association outlined a set of do-able concerns we would like addressed by City agencies in the future. To read the details of the block association’s application follow this link:

The grant will support a joint cleaning and greening event in late spring for Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Vanderbilt and Pacific Street between 6th and Carlton. The $500 grant will finance planters, window boxes, soil and plantings, a promotional flyer and garbage bags. The block association also identified a long term goal of putting in place tree pit guards.

As part of the grant, the block association will also be attending a workshop in which we will meet and discuss with representatives of City Agencies the services we have requested for our blocks.

At the next several block association meetings we will be discussing further ideas for the grant and our campaign to clean, green and make more safe our area. Please come to the meetings and join us in this conversation.

Town Hall meeting with Prospect Heights Elected Representatives

Town Hall meeting with Prospect Heights Elected Representatives

Join the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council for a town hall-style meeting with

State Senator Eric Adams,

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries

& City Council Member Letitia James.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Traffic and transportation (mass transit, street conditions, MTA)
  • Local economy (jobs, housing, small business)
  • Atlantic Yards (revised plan, new impacts)

The meeting will take place at 7:00PM on Thursday, 10/22 in the auditorium at

P.S. 9, 80 Underhill Avenue (between Bergen & St. Marks).

Please bring your questions and concerns for your elected representatives.

Visit for more info

Next Dean Street Block Association Meeting – Monday, October 19, 7:30-9:00

Come to the next Dean Street Block Association Meeting!

Time:  Monday, October 19, 7:30-9:00

Place: 638 Dean Street

Invite your neighbors!


1. Playground Astroturf is open!

Help plan a party for Saturday, Oct 24 to celebrate.
2. Atlantic Yards update:

The Court of Appeals of New York State heard oral arguments in the eminent domain lawsuit on Oct 14.  Another lawsuit was filed against the MTA by elected officials, DDDB, and other neighborhood organizations.

3. Street Trees:

Several dead trees will be soon be replaced by the Parks Department

Dean Street Block Association Meeting – Monday, 9/21

TIME:                 Monday,  September 21st at 7:30-9:00
PLACE:              545 Dean Street #1 btw Carlton and 6th Ave


1. Atlantic Yards Status: Next Steps
2. Playground Astroturf
3. Street Trees
4. Fundraising


Check out

for more letters posted

Added September 21, 2009

*** Letter to Mr. Mullen (President & CEO) of the Empire State Development Corporation dated Sept 17, 2009

*** Dean Street Invitation, Letter to Mr. Mullen (President & CEO) of the Empire State Development Corporation dated Aug 10, 2009

Important Meeting- Monday, July 20th at 7:30 – Spread the word!

Learn what you can do for the upcoming public hearings on Atlantic Yards – join us!

When: Monday, July 20th at 7:30-9:00

Where: 535 Dean Street #313 (Newswalk)

The Atlantic Yards Project is about to proceed through a set of important hearings and new approvals.  What is Atlantic Yards now? The city, the state and the MTA have changed the structure of their agreements with Forest City Ratner so that the only parts of the project guaranteed to happen are an arena designed by an architecture firm from Kansas City and the start of two more buildings within five years of the vacant property being delivered to the developer.  As of this moment no official illustrations of the site plan of the project exist.  With the exception of the addition of some interim open space, images produced last year show the most likely outcome in our lifetimes:

The state continues to argue the project will be built in full, although they concede it will take decades.  No independent feasibility studies of the project have been released to the public, and nothing obligates the developer to cover the remaining 2/3 of the rail yard, build underground parking, create the lion’s share of the affordable housing or create any permanent public outdoor space. The environmental analysis of the project still assumes a ten year timetable to full build out and no additional impacts, even though we will almost certainly live within an incomplete or abandoned project for decades.

Please attend this very important meeting to discuss the concrete things each of us can do for our community.

Also to be discussed:  Dean Playground reopening now delayed until mid-October.

Your Input Is Essential – Please Invite Your Neighbors