CHCA Meeting Minutes: October 2011

The meeting of the Crow Hill Community Association was held on October 18, 2011, 7:30 PM at The Gospel Tabernacle Church, 725 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

Opening Remarks: Eve Porter, President

Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights
Alan James from S.O.S. Crown Heights speaks on how they are addressing violence in our community.

  • They are a community-based effort to end gun violence in our neighborhood. S.O.S. works closely with local organizations, neighborhood churches and pastors, community residents and the individuals most likely to commit a shooting.
  • S.O.S. Crown Heights provides immediate intervention whenever a shooting occurs in the neighborhood, reaching out to the victim, friends, and family to ensure that a retaliatory shooting does not take place.
  • S.O.S. Crown Heights works closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence. The goal is to end the spread of violence by encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior.
  • They are having a march on Thursday, October 20, as part of their Week of Peace. CHCA will participate, meeting at the Community Garden at 5:15, and walking over as  a group to participate together.
  • On Friday, October 21st, at 6 PM, P.S. 289 (900 St. Marks Ave at Kingston) will host S.O.S. Crown Heights guests for a screening of The Interrupters, the critically acclaimed documentary about the Chicago CeaseFire project on which S.O.S. is based. More information.
  • The petition to add a bike lane to Franklin Ave that extends from Dean St to Eastern Parkway was circulated.
  • Caroline Samponaro, the Director of Bicycle Advocacy at Transportation Alternatives, talks about the work that her organization does to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit in New York.
  • The bike share program is coming to New York, you can request a bike share station in our neighborhood.

77th Precinct
Eve Porter encouraged the community to attend the 77th Precinct meeting, held every second Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. The next meeting will be at PS 9, at St. Marks and Underhill Ave.

  • Burglaries of electronic devices are up in our precinct. There has also been a rash of tire slashing.
  • There is a street naming ceremony on October 29, 2011 at 11 AM at Utica Ave. & Bergen St. in honor of Moses P. Cobb, the first black police officer in New York City.
Council Member TIsh James
  • She has been speaking with the Occupy Wall Street group. Many residents of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights are involved in the movement.
  • Single space meters are in the process of being changed to muni-meters in the coming months.
  • Tish recommended Franklin Ave. as one of the station for the bike share program.
  • The community board has some concerns about the bike lane on Franklin Ave, but Tish is going to try to move them to being in support of the bike lane.
  • There is the possibility of a gym relocating to the Crow Hill area.
  • It’s important to unplug from your devices (phones, mp3 players, etc.) as you exit the subway so that you can be aware of your surroundings.
  • It’s important for our neighborhood to maintain the Impact Zone on Franklin Ave, as reductions are being made in the city police force.
  • PS 22 is at risk of being closed, or phased out, and replaced with a charter school. Tish would like to see a transitional model put in place before the school is closed.
  • The playground next to PS 316 is being renovated, and Tish would like to work with our community association on that project.
  • A community member requested that the tiles downstairs on the Franklin Ave. subway train be changed as part of the other renovations happening at that station. Also to add more large trash cans at the corner of Franklin Ave and Eastern Parkway. Tish said the trash cans wouldn’t be a problem and she would take care of it. She will work with Assembly Member Hakim Jeffries to see what is possible in the subway station.
Occupy Wall Street
Leo Goldman announced that there is going to be a General Assembly meeting Thursday, October 20 from 7 – 9 PM at 613 Franklin Ave to discuss what the issues are in this community so that it can be part of the movement.
Franklin Shuttle Project
Manuel gave an update on his project, which won the urban design content and will hopefully be presented to the MTA board in the coming months. The shuttle is going to be shut down next May – September to do track work, hopefully the project can move forward at that time.
Community Garden and Planting
  • Over the past 2 weekends daffodil bulbs were planted in our planters and tree pits along Franklin Ave.
  • Six contractor bags of garbage was also sollected from the sidewalks, gutters, and tree pits.
  • CHCA is asking business owners to be responsible for picking up trash in front of their properties.
Halloween Parade
  • Saturday, October 29, at 3 PM starting at the garden at Dean St between Franklin & Bedford, and go to the community garden on Franklin between Sterling and Park Pl.
  • CHCA is looking for musicians to take place in the parade.
  • A signup sheet was passed around for people interested in volunteering for the parade.
Theatre Community Projects
  • “Safe In This Place,” a Franklin Ave applied theater dialogue project, was presented and demonstrated.
Impact Zone Awareness
  • Nick Juravich talked about his initiative to pass out fliers in the community with information about about the Impact Zone.
  • Attendees were encouraged to sign up for the Community Outreach committee to be part of the project.
  • Located on Putnam between Grand and Downing St, the Green Hill Food Co-Op needs people to participate.