Brooklyn Bike Patrol Will Walk You Home

The Brooklyn Bike Patrol, which escorts women home in the evening hours, now cover 25 subways stops in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Sunset Park, Carroll Gardens, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Clinton Hill.

They operate seven days a week; hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday 8 pm-12 midnight and Friday-Saturday 8 pm -3 am. If you need an escort outside of these hours call them ahead of time and they will try to accommodate you.

All of their volunteers have been background-checked by the 72nd precinct. Volunteers carry ID cards with them and wear “Brooklyn Bike Patrol” T-shirts with a special patch on the sleeve.

This is a FREE service

Please visit these links to learn more:

Cash For Guns

in conjunction with
Turn in a weapon and receive a
$200 BANK CARD For Operable Handguns
$20 BANK CARD For Operable Rifles and Shotguns

Drop Off Site Open 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Bedford Central Presbyterian Church
1200 Dean Street
(corner of Nostrand Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 467-0740

more info:

Impact Zone

We are still collecting signatures to keep the impact zone on Franklin Avenue.

Impact is the NYPD program that deploys foot patrol to communities in the City where the need is the greatest. Learn more.

For the past year Franklin Avenue has benefitted greatly by being an Impact Zone; it has made our neighborhood a much safer place to live and work. Crow Hill Community Association has worked very closely with the 77th Precinct to help insure that this program is a success, but we have learned that there is a strong possibility that we may lose this additional police protection.

We are asking EVERYONE to weigh in on this issue, NYPD needs to hear our voices or the Impact Zone will move to a more vocal community.

The first thing you can do, is sign our petition.

But we urge you to do more. Please also send a letter to Chief Gerald Nelson.

We have prepared 2 types letters, choose which is best for you:

  1. Short & Sweet: a pdf version that you can print out (if possible, on to your own stationary). Sign and mail: resident version or merchant version or
  2. Customizable: a document that you can download to your word processing program and customize. customizable version

Please mail your signed letter to:
Chief Gerald Nelson
Patrol Borough Brooklyn North
179 Wilson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237-3742

More information on what being an Impact Zone means.

Please inform your neighbors to act as well.


Cash for Guns
Saturday December 11, 2010
Drop off-sites open: 11am – 5pmThe New York City Police Department in corporation with the Brooklyn Clergy Coalition to Reduce Violent Crime will be hosting a “Cash For Guns” buyback program.

Turn in a weapon and receive a $200 bank card for an operable handgun or $20 bank card for an operable rifles or shotgun. No questions asked!

Drop-off sites:
First Baptist Church of Brownsville
357 Chester St
Brooklyn, NY 11212
Bishop A.D. Lyon, Pastor
718 – 498 – 1074

Southern Baptist Church
820 Stanley Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Rev. Clarence Williams, Pastor
718 – 272 – 4848

The flyer containing all the pertinent information can be downloaded and easily printed and displayed in highly visible locations. Also available to download is a list of frequently asked questions.

Remember every gun taken off the streets is one less gun that can be used in the commission of a violent crime against you or a loved one. So please encourage your congregants, community leaders and board members to spread the word about this very important event. Together we can make a difference.


Public Safety:
Without being alarmist, we want people to continue to be aware of crime in the community: there was an attempted rape this past month on a Sunday, at 10:30 p.m. at 679 Sterling Place (between Franklin & Bedford Avenue). The victim was unable to give a description of the man because he approached her from behind and she didn’t see his face. Please be alert when you are on the street, especially when you are entering your vestibules.
Burglaries are still up, it is critical that we keep our windows locked, especially those on fire escapes.

Intake Center at the Armory:
A brief update from CBAAR (Coalition for Bedford/Atlantic Armory Reform)
The news regarding the Bedford Atlantic Armory is both good and bad. We have been in contact with the new Commissioner for the Department of Homeless Services: Seth Diamond. In response to our queries he has said that there are no immediate plans to open the intake center for single homeless men at the Bedford Atlantic Armory shelter. However when the intake center at Bellevue closes, the city still intends to open the intake center at the Armory.
We are holding the city off but we must remain vigilant and continue to oppose the intake center. We have requested that DHS keep us informed about the status of the intake center. However there is no guarantee they will do this. Right now and for the foreseeable future, it is imperative that each of us keep an eye on the shelter and report any changes back to us

November Elections
EVERYONE MUST VOTE: This is the most important community effort that you can make in November! It is crucial to the work that the Association undertakes that Crown Heights (and specifically Crow Hill) is seen as a caring and vocal community. The issues that we face are duplicated throughout the City and there are limited resources to deal with them. The communities which get out and vote and make the most noise, are going to be the communities that receive the most attention, it is that simple.
Please be sure to vote on November 2.

Landmarking Crow Hill:
On Tuesday, October 26th the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be holding a meeting at which a group of 13 buildings on Park Place between Franklin & Bedford will be presented for landmarking. Landmark status has already been granted to parts of Prospect Heights and other areas of Crown Heights North, we ask everyone who has an interest in extending this status into Crow Hill to attend this meeting in support.
Again, the meeting is Tuesday, October 26th at 11:35 in the Public Meeting Room of the
Municipal Building: 1 Centre St, 9th floor North in Manhattan.

SOS Peace March:
On Wednesday (tomorrow) there will be a walk sponsored by Save Our Streets beginning at 6 PM at the northwest corner of Utica & Eastern Parkway. We will walk west towards Franklin Avenue ending at Franklin and Eastern Parkway. There we will recognize the lives lost and those affected by gun violence in Crown Heights North. For more information contact Lisa Jones, S.O.S. Program Manager at 718-679-9410.

Garbage The Go Green/Go Clean committee has been working to get a Big Belly Solar powered trash receptacle/compactor for Franklin Avenue. It would be EXTREMELY helpful if whenever you see an overflowing city garbage can any corner of Franklin Ave. if you would call 311 and give its location.


The Impact Zone WILL remain on Franklin Avenue
(see next post)

By this time, you probably know a young man was shot in the leg on Franklin Avenue, Saturday afternoon at about 2:30.
What you might not know is that Commissioner Kelly is planning to pull the Impact Zone from Franklin and Nostrand Avenues at the end of the month.
This means we will lose the increased foot patrol that has had such a positive effect on our community since January.
We got the first Impact Zone as the result of a very strong letter writing campaign.
We need to do another immediately!!!
Even while our neighborhood continues to improve, this is the 3rd shooting on Franklin since the middle of May.

We urge you to write a letter asking Commissioner Kelly to keep the Impact Zone on Franklin Avenue. You can either print the PDF version to sign and send, or you can download the .doc to customize with any personal concerns.

PLEASE do it today.