Crow Hill Community Association (CHCA) is a community organization with the mission of providing leadership, guidance, and assistance to the residents and merchants of Crow Hill, working collectively to resolve issues facing our community. Learn more.
The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as Senior Apprentice.
If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you.
Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP, from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the academic year. See the tier descriptions for more information and application links. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Applications are due December 4. More information here.
Who: Kids of all ages! March in your costume!
When: Sunday, October 27, 3PM
Where: Walt Shamel Dean North Community Garden, 1096 Dean St.
Bring: Costumes, noise-makers, instruments
Questions? 917-838-2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from last year’s parade.
At the request of Crow Hill, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is conducting an experiment at the intersection of Franklin Ave. and Sterling Pl. to help our community decide whether we want fewer public trash baskets or more baskets.
This is a controversial topic: Some believe that more trash baskets bring more trash; others believe that we need more trash baskets to handle all the activity along Franklin Ave. We need your input so that together we can decide what’s best for our community.
During this first phase, DSNY has removed all trash baskets from Franklin Ave. and Sterling Pl. until Oct. 25th. During Phase 2, we’ll go back to two baskets; during Phase 3, we will have four baskets.
Use the simple form below to record your trash observations. During the experiment, we need everybody’s help monitoring Franklin and Sterling and the nearby blocks and intersections.
Forward the form on to your neighbors, as well. Feel free to record one observation or 100, it’s best just to record every day observations—good, bad, or otherwise—whenever you happen to find yourself on Franklin, anywhere between St. Johns and Park Pl.
After the experiment is over, we will share the results from our observations and DSNY’s observations. We will also survey the community before any decisions are made about increasing or decreasing the number of trash bins along Franklin Ave.
Contact Judy Bartlett at email@example.com if you have any questions/concerns.
Over the summer, the board revised CHCA’s by-laws. Below we have a first draft available for you to review. We want to stress that this is a DRAFT. We’ll be seeking input from CHCA members and others who are experienced in community organizations like ours.
Please review the draft, and if you have any suggestions for edits and/or additions, submit them in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2013. Make the subject line of your email “CHCA by-law suggestions.”
The board will collect and review all submissions and aim to have a more final version ready for review at the October meeting.
CHCA By-Laws (DRAFT) by crowhillcommunity
UPDATE: August 7, 2013 The Livable Neighborhood Workgroup just sent Council Member Tish James the results of our trash petition and assessment:
The petition had 751 signatures! They will be meeting with Tish James and the Department of Sanitation in August to discuss next steps.
If you can find an hour or two during the next few weeks to help make our neighborhood more trash free, the Livable Neighborhood Workgroup needs your help.
There are many different ways you can help:
- Sign the online petition for more public trash bins and more pick-ups of these bins.
- Collect petition signatures from your neighbors. Print the petition or pick up blank petitions at HAD Associates, 737 Franklin Ave. Turn in filled-out petitions to HAD Associates by July 7.
- Help with the neighborhood trash assessment. Adopt an intersection and collect information about the public trash bins near you. Time commitment is 15 minutes/day and it will require some online data entry. To volunteer, contact Judy at email@example.com or 347-706-1824.
- Join the upcoming clean-up day. Saturday, June 29, 9AM – noon. Meet at 737 Franklin Ave.
- Distribute flyers for the clean-up day. Print the flyer, post it in on your block or in your building, and distribute to friends and neighbors.
- Join other volunteers for an hour of flyering and petitioning. To volunteer, contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-706-1824.Scheduled dates/times:
Sun, June 23, 5 – 6 pm
Tues, June 25, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Thur, June 27, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
The petition and neighborhood trash assessment will be part of a package that we are sending to Council Member Tish James. We will thank her for coming to the last Town Hall and for inspiring us to tackle our trash problem. We will also ask for her help in solving our trash problem.
Questions? Contact Judy at email@example.com or 347-706-1824.
We live, work, and shop in Crown Heights West. We need more public trash bins and they need to be emptied more often so the trash does not overflow on to our sidewalks and streets.
The petition is closed now.
Since the neighborhood that Crow Hill Community Association serves sits in the middle of the area covered by the Department of City Planning’s Crown Height’s West rezoning proposal, the Association chose to take a leadership role in bringing this issue to our community.
On April 16th we devoted our general meeting to two issues that could potential change the face of development in Crow Hill: CHCA’s proposal for Landmark’s designation and the Crown Heights West rezoning proposal. We created a poll that was distributed at the meeting and on line. We had 29 poll responses returned from the meeting and 66 from the on-line version. The response was basically 75% in favor of rezoning and 80% in favor of landmarking. (View poll results.)
On May 9th CHCA presented at the CB8 meeting held to address the re-zoning and based on community feedback, we gave our support to the plan. We also felt it was important to speak to the comments and concerns that we heard voiced by the community, below is the full CHCA statement: Continue reading
Tuesday, May 21, 7-9PM
Congregation Kol Israel
603 St. Johns Pl.
We want to build and expand on themes raised by the community during our first town hall meeting.
- Fair housing
- Livable neighborhood
- Community engagement
- Political engagement
- Youth engagement
This is everyone’s community. Come let your voices be heard. Help shape our future!
More info: A summary of the first town hall meeting and CHCA’s landmarking and rezoning efforts.
Questions? Want to help get the word out? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the years, Crow Hill Community Association has been working to educate the community on the many benefits landmark status can bring to a neighborhood.
We have urged interested community members to submit Requests for Evaluation on their own and over the years we have collected and submitted many requests as well. As our membership grows and our neighborhood flourishes, we have more resources to put towards achieving landmark status.
Below is our proposal submitted to the Landmarks and Preservation Commission highlighting buildings of note in our district.
Proposal to Landmarks and Preservation Commission for a Crow Hill HIstoric District
Part 1: Map of proposed district
Proposal to Landmarks and Preservation Commission for a Crow Hill Historic District
Part 2: Buildings of note
Help guide the future of our community.
We will be presenting information on both the Crow Hill Community Association (CHCA) landmarks effort and City Planning’s proposed zoning changes.
This meeting is being held for you to understand these issues, which affect our community.
Tuesday, April 16, 7 PM
St. Teresa Church basement
563 Sterling Pl. at Classon Ave.
In May, there will be a public meeting on the re-zoning proposal after which Community Board 8 will make their formal response to City Planning.
We will also be presenting a brief wrap-up of our March Town Hall at the beginning of this meeting; stay tuned for our second Town Hall in May.
We need volunteers
We’re in desperate need of volunteers to help us get the word out by posting signs on corners and handling out flyers to peple in the neighborhood. If you can spare 30 minutes of any day from April 11 – 15, email email@example.com.
On Saturday, March 23, 2013 both old and new residents gathered together for Crow Hill Community Association’s (CHCA) first town hall meeting in the auditorium of PS 22. Overall, the meeting drew approximately 220 people, surpassing organizers’ expectations and reflecting the current energy throughout the neighborhood.
Organizers also noted, however, that while there was diversity amongst the attendees, the meeting’s demographics in terms of race and length of residency did not truly reflect the neighborhood. So more intense outreach to members of the community who were underrepresented on the 23rd will become an even higher priority for future meetings.
To open the meeting, a photo montage played on the overhead projection screen showing Crow Hill (the Crown Heights neighborhood stretching from Eastern Parkway to Atlantic Avenue between Franklin and Bedford which has been at the center of conversations around gentrification) at the turn of the century to present day, and a local fiddler entertained the crowd.
CHCA members, Nick Juravich (of the ILoveFranklinAve blog) and local merchant Garnett Alcindor (co-owner of Taste Buds) welcomed the community explaining that the meeting had been called because business as usual was no longer working in Crow Hill and more people needed to get involved. They explained that all types of issues could be discussed including the positive and negative aspects of gentrification. It was also emphasized that all parties were encouraged to speak openly and honestly.