CHCA Meeting Minutes: September 2012

The meeting of the Crow Hill Community Association was held on September 18, 2012, 7:30 PM at The Gospel Tabernacle Church, 725 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

In attendance: 30

  • Vice President Stacey Sheffey opens the meeting and welcomes attendees.
  • Summer activities in the neighborhood:
    • The 5th Annual Kids Day was a huge success, with waterslides, face-painting, popcorn, cotton candy, and lots of happy kids and adults from across the neighborhood. See some great photos – are linked to on our website.
    • The Landmarks Preservation Committee has voted to create the Park Place Historic District between Bedford and Franklin Avenues.  CHCA began its landmarking effort in 2008 and this is the first portion of our community to gain landmark status. You can learn more of the history of the block on our website.
    • Art Not Arrests held art classes over the summer for kids in the neighborhood — dance, music, instrument making, theater, painting, creative writing, drawing, and more — and donated the money raised over the year to the SOS program.
    • Franklin Avenue Merchants received an honorable mention in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition for Franklin Avenue between Park Place and Sterling Place.
    • Green Market was held every Sat. At the Walt Shamel Community garden on Dean St between Franklin and Bedford Still going every Saturday 8am- 2pm until October 27.
  • Walter Mosely, newly elected assemblyman, on quality of life issues in the neighborhood:
    • A bus and bike lane will be added to Franklin Ave. The two car lanes on the avenue may become one. The goal is to make the avenue more safe for everybody on the road.
    • Looking into the speed bump on Prospect Pl. which is currently too big due to the pavement sinking.
    • Tree guards have been added to Sterling Pl. between New York and Nostrand Ave.
  • Jonathan Butler, Brooklyn resident, is starting a project at 1000 Dean St. between Franklin and Classon Ave.
    • A space will be created for small businesses and artists, which will hopefully be open in spring 2013.
    • The ground floor of the building will be turned into a restaurant for small food businesses looking to graduate from the Brooklyn Flea into a space of their own.
    • 25-30 positions will be available in the restaurant, and they will be working with Crow Hill to hire from within the community.
    • A space will be available to rent for events, and the space may be available for use in the afternoons for community events.
  • Mike Perry, a local artist, is opening a three-month community exhibition called Wandering Around Wondering. Learn more.
    • If you know of a wall that would be available for a mural, contact
    • Looking into making connections with schools to do murals or have art workshops for local classes.
  • Rene Collymore, assembly female district leader
    • Interested in setting up a Franklin Ave. farm stand.
    • Running a civics program for children in middle schools, looking for volunteers.
    • Contact: 917-353-2990,
  • A representative Tish James’ office: On Sept. 19 there will be a meeting on the landmark status of Park Pl.
  • CB8 is hosting an e-waste collection on Saturday, Sept. 22 in front of the Childrens Museum Saturday 10 – 5pm