#2 subway change between Flatbush & Franklin – weekends in April

This is to inform you of MTA NYC Transit’s plans to replace 2 line subway service from Franklin Avenue to Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College with shuttle buses during the weekends of April 14-16 and April 28-30, 2012, due to track repairs along the line.

From 12:01 a.m. on Saturday through 5:00 a.m. on Monday for these two weekends, customers will be asked to switch from 2 trains to fare-free shuttle buses which will travel along Nostrand Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Flatbush Avenue in both directions.  Posters explaining these diversions will be visible at each affected station several days before these weekends, MTA NYC Transit personnel will be available to assist customers along the shuttle bus route during these weekends and updated information may be found at our website at www.mta.info   

NYC DOT Bike Share Workshop

The NYC DOT Bike Share program will be presented.  Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the project, review proposed Bike Share station locations, comment on the benefits and drawbacks of proposed locations, and suggest other  locations.


Tuesday March 6
Sessions at 6:00 & 7:00 PM
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
President’s Conference Center, B1008

For more info contact: Zephreny Parmenter, Borough Planner, NYC Dept. of Transportation: zparmenter@dot.nyc.gov or  718-222-7250

Support Residential Parking Permits


Council Member Letitia James and Brooklyn Speaks Urge the Community to Speak Up for Residential Permit Parking in Central Brooklyn!

State legislation required to limit consequences of Barclays Center traffic

WHAT: Hearing of the New York City Council Committee on State and Federal Legislation
WHEN: Wednesday, 11/2 at 10:30AM
WHERE: 250 Broadway, 14th Floor

According to the Empire State Development Corporation, when the Barclays Center opens in September 2012, an expected 35% of arena patrons, or as many as 5,600 cars will travel to the site for each of the projected 220 events held each year. If nothing is done before to mitigate this volume of traffic, there will be an increased risk of vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle accidents that already make Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn’s most dangerous road. This barrage of traffic is also expected to cause significant delays at more than half of the intersections within a half mile of the arena. And it will result in almost 3,000 arena patrons taking curbside parking spots in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights.

Among all of the impacts to neighborhood character and quality of life that will come from locating Atlantic Yards’ arena within residential communities, none are of greater consequence to more residents than the traffic generated from arena events. But, there is a way to reduce the demand for our local streets. It’s called “residential permit parking,” or RPP, and it’s been effective in other cities, like Boston and Chicago, where sports facilities are located in densely-populated areas. By limiting on-street parking during arena events to local residents, RPP will create a disincentive for arena patrons to drive, reducing congestion and making streets safer.

New York City requires authorization from the State legislature before it can implement RPP. On Wednesday, 11/2 at 10:30AM, the City Council will hear testimony on legislation authorizing the City to enact residential permit parking programs in the five boroughs.

The BrooklynSpeaks sponsors and Council Member James implore you to participate in this critical hearing and make your voice heard.

In the comments section (click the “replies” link below to view) you will find text for an email that you can send if you can not be at the hearing, the email addresses didn’t come through, so here they are:

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.: drecchia@council.nyc.gov
Erik Martin Dilan: Edilan@council.nyc.gov
Lewis A. Fidler: LFidler@council.nyc.gov

Chair –
Helen D. Foster: hfoster@council.nyc.gov

Others –
Elizabeth S. Crowley: ecrowley@council.nyc.gov
Joel Rivera: Joel.Rivera@council.nyc.gov
Larry B. Seabrook: cmseabrook12@yahoo.com

Public Hearing to Reduce Alternate Side Parking

Public Hearing On the Reduction of Alternate Side Parking for Community District 8

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Location: Hope City Empowerment Center / 650 Washington Avenue (near Bergen Street)
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

You are invited to attend a Public Hearing to discuss the reduction in Alternate Side Street Cleaning frequency.  Community Board 8 is seeking public comments on the proposal to reduce street cleaning days throughout the District. Currently, the Dept. of Sanitation cleans the street 4 times a week, and the reduction would scale the cleaning to twice a week.

Your input is needed. Verbal testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per person; written testimony can also be submitted to the Board. This is just one part of an extensive process to have ASP regulations in the District reduced.

As this is something that will affect many things in the District, including utility service delivery and snow removal during winter months, it is imperative that we receive feedback from those that will be directly affected: the residents of District 8. The item will be voted on at an upcoming Community Board 8 general meeting after review of all comments submitted, feedback from utility companies, and other information.

We hope that you will come out and participate in this important public hearing.