Alternate Side Parking Public Hearing


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  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.

CB8 Transportation Committee Meeting Tonight!


The Transportation Committee of Community Board 8 will be meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at CNR-Centerlight Health Care Center (in the Atrium) located at 727 Classon Avenue corner Park Place, Brooklyn, N.Y.  at 7:00 p.m.


7-8:00 p.m.  – Discussion of Bike Corrals

The Dept. of Transportation is considering the following locations to install Bike Corrals.   The Bike Corral program includes clusters of bicycle racks installed in the street by the curb, surrounded by two large planters, taking  over one parking space.  Each bike corral can hold up to 8 bikes. Bike Corrals require a partner who agrees to keep the corral clean of debris and snow.

The following are the partners and locations:

A)  Bar Chuko- 565 Vanderbilt Avenue near Pacific Street

B)  Milk Bar – 620 Vanderbilt Avenue near Prospect Place

C)  Branded – 603 Vanderbilt Avenue near Bergen Street

D)  Bar Corvo – 791 Washington Avenue near Lincoln Place
8-9:00 p.m. –  Pedestrian Improvements for Atlantic Avenue

The Dept. of City Planning’s Transportation Unit would like to kick-off  a discussion regarding a transportation study for Pedestrian Improvements along Atlantic Avenue from Ralph Avenue to Vanderbilt Avenue.

Come out and add your input on safety and travel issues you experience while traveling, biking, walking, etc., along Atlantic Avenue.


Medgar Evers College Application Day


Medgar Evers College is hosting a, ‘MEC APP Day’.  This day will give students the opportunity to tour the campus, speak with faculty and staff, and to answer any questions that they may have, alongside filling out a CUNY application that will enable us to directly admit them to Medgar Evers College.  In order for this day to run smoothly and successfully, the following documents listed below are required to accompany the student .
  1. $65 Money order (application fee)
  2. Proof of Graduation: graduating seniors may provide an official high school transcript.
  3. Proof of immunization (immunization card)
Please chose a date and time that works best for you:
Monday June 2nd
10:00am-12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Tuesday June 3rd
10:00am-12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wednesday June 4th
10:00am-12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thursday June 5th
10:00am-12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm

1637 Bedford Avenue (Room S-101)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225

It is requested that students confirm their attendance via email with their first and last name, phone number, and email address no later than Friday, May 23th, 2014.

Should you have any questions,  please contact Hamilton JB Raymond, Admissions Counselor, by email ( or by phone (718-270-6048).

A Message from our friends at the Dean Street Block Association


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 If you need help getting to the hearing, let us know. And please encourage your friends and neighbors to come as well.


Trash Basket Experiment at Franklin Ave. and Sterling Pl.



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 if you have any questions/concerns.

Greenest Block in Brooklyn Semifinalist

We are thrilled to be chosen as a commercial semifinalist in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition (Franklin Avenue between Park Place and Sterling Place – odd side). The purpose of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest is to promote streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development in the borough of Brooklyn through block and merchant associations and other community groups.

Monday’s Suggestion – Roger That! Garden Project

While this is not a Crow Hill Community Association project, it will bring more green and more garden and more comunity to our area.

Nature, Food, Community – these are the central tenents of the Roger That! Garden Project.

Please visit the project’s KICKSTARTER campaign to help fund a garden on the corner of Rogers Avenue and Park Place.  The lot has been tended to for years by Richard Green of the Crown Heights Youth Collective and they will be providing the water for the garden.

The Roger That! Garden Project also has a lovely tumblr where you can follow their progress.

PACC Hosts Free Tree Giveaway

The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) and the Magnolia Tree Earth Center are hosting a community Tree Giveaway at Magnolia Plaza on Saturday, April 14, 2012. 100 FREE trees will be given away to the public!

WHEN: Saturday, April 14th, 2012 – 11:00AM -3:00PM

WHERE: PACC’s Affordable Housing Building- Magnolia Plaza
686 Lafayette Avenue (between Marcy and Tompkins)
Residents are encouraged to reserve a Crape Myrtle, Magnolia or a Pear Tree in advance at

Trees will be available to individuals, families and community groups for planting on private property only and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until supplies run out. Simple tree planting and care instructions come with your free tree. It is recommended that you bring a folding shopping cart to transport your tree.

For questions, contact Mike Mitchell at 212-333-2552.

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