Alternate Side Parking Public Hearing

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Community Board 8 is hosting a public hearing 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 will scale the cleaning to twice a week.  Please come out and let your voice be heard.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, please email your comments to brooklyncb8@gmail.com.  Please indicate the neighborhood that you live in and whether you are for or against the proposed change. Please put ASP in the subject line.

Click here for more information or contact Community Board 8 at 718-467-5574.

Atlantic Action Community Walk!

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On September 27, join fellow community members to support a safer, more vibrant Atlantic Avenue for everyone. We’ll have our kickoff at the Brooklyn Christian Center, where we’ll present ways to build a safer street and gather public feedback that will be delivered to NYC’s Transportation and City Planning departments. Then we’ll walk along Atlantic as a group, through Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, and Crown Heights, taking stock of problem areas and a recently redesigned intersection, as well as key organizations, businesses, and block associations working to make their communities stronger.

Start: September 27, 2014 – 1:00pm
End: September 27, 2014 – 3:00pm
Location: Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Ave (btwn Franklin and Classon)

- See more at: http://www.transalt.org/calendar/7688?utm_source=streetbeat-Sep182014&utm_medium=email&utm_content=version1&utm_campaign=2014ADVO-BK#sthash.5KMEEqbd.dpuf

CB8 Emergency Town Hall Meeting

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The Community Board 8 Public Safety Committee is hosting an emergency town hall meeting to address the rise in Gun Violence within the 77th Precinct.

Monday, June 30, 2014 from 6:00-8:00PM

Concern for Independent Living
151 Rochester Avenue (bet. Prospect Place & St. Marks Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Invited Guests:

77th Precinct, Police Service Area 2, Councilmembers Robert
Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Darlene Mealy, Borough President Eric L. Adams, Assemblyman Karim Camara & Parks Department

Come out and let your voice be heard!!!

For more information contact Community Board 8 at (718) 467-5574

Bike Riding Lessons

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NYC Parks and Bike New York Present

Learn to Ride

Bring a bike, a child and a helmet for this fun free event! Show your child aged 5 years or older how to ride a two-wheeler using the “balance first” method. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, please visit
nyc.gov/parks or bikenewyork.org
or call 311.

When: Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Brower Park (Prospect Place & Brooklyn Avenue entrance to the Park)

S.O.S. Community Conversations

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In May, Save Our Street Crown Heights monthly dialogue on neighborhood issues in Crown Heights continues with a brief history of urban structural inequality and its effects today. Come join them on Wednesday, May 7th, at 6:30 pm, at 256 Kingston Avenue for a presentation and a discussion! Refreshments will be served. 

New Interactive Website for Vision Zero!

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Use this interactive map to share your experiences with city streets. Your knowledge will be used to create a traffic safety plan for each borough that will describe how to make each borough’s streets safer for everyone, whether walking, biking or driving. You can report issues such as red light running, double parking, poor visibility, speeding and more!

Vision Zero Interactive Map

Every year, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed in traffic crashes. Being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14, and the second leading cause for seniors. On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every two hours.
Vision Zero is the City’s goal for ending traffic deaths and injuries on our streets. To accomplish this, we need everyone’s participation and input.

Learn more about Vision Zero.

A Message from our friends at the Dean Street Block Association

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The next weeks are very important for the future shape of our community, perhaps the most important in years. If we all work together, we can make a difference.

In 2009 New York State and Forest City Ratner broke the law when they failed to assess how our community may be negatively impacted by twenty-five years of Atlantic Yards construction instead of ten. They chose to put us at risk in order to secure expiring federal tax abatements for the arena. Together, with the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, we sued and won.

Finally, as part of a court ordered process, a hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 30th, and we can submit written statements until May 12th. Our block association is coordinating an effort to get local residents to speak at the hearing on the 30th, and also to write personal statements for the 12th.

Our quality of life is directly impacted by the way the project is implemented and operated, whether built quickly or slowly. For years residents have documented violations of environmental commitments related to negative impacts like air quality and noise that the State of New York has failed to enforce. For years we have looked at chain link fences and watched our street trees cut down without a credible replacement timetable. The first demolitions related to Atlantic Yards took place nine years ago, and construction of the sixteen high rises, affordable housing and open space in the project has just barely begun. Construction may take a generation or more.

Together with other local civic organizations, Dean Street Block Association has identified a few specific goals we think moving forward will most help those of us impacted by the project. First, we seek new oversight for the project by a dedicated public development corporation or subsidiary with a board that includes directors appointed in conjunction with local elected officials. We also seek improved oversight of environmental impacts, most especially those related to construction. Forest City Ratner is attempting to sell 70% of the project to the Chinese developer Greenland. Decisions will be made by a 5 member board, with 3 votes for Greenland and 2 for FCRC. We believe poor responsiveness to community concerns, and lack of accountability to the public, may only get worse.

You do not have to be an expert on Atlantic Yards to come and speak. We want you to come and show you care about our community. Talking about where you live, who you are, and that you care about our quality of life will make a difference.

If you can attend the hearing on the 30th and/or you are able to prepare a written statement, please contact pkrashes@earthlink.net If you need help getting to the hearing, let us know. And please encourage your friends and neighbors to come as well.

PUBLIC HEARING TO RESPOND TO THE DRAFT SEIS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 FROM 5:30 TO 9 PM
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, 75 DEKALB AVENUE, ROOM HS 107

Vision Zero Workshops in Brooklyn

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Two workshops are being held in Brooklyn over the next week to discuss the development of May de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative. The dates and locations are below:

Thursday, April 24
6:30-8:30PM
Plymouth Church (Hillis Hall)
75 Hicks Street

Tuesday, April 29
6:30-8:30PM
Brooklyn College
(Student Center, 2nd floor)
Campus Road & E 27th Street

The workshops will be interactive, with participants given the opportunity to directly provide input about specific locations through mapping exercises. This is the primary mechanism by which public input will be brought into the development of Vision Zero borough plans.