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May 2017 Meetings

For the May 2017 meetings calendar and agenda, please click on the links below.

CB14 Meeting Calendar – May 2017

CB14 Meeting Agendas – May 2017

To see April 2017 Meeting Calendar & Agenda, please click here.

Community Events & Information

Click the links below to view flyers for FREE upcoming events and other community information.

 

- NYC School Sustainability Showcase – May 22, 52 Broadway, NYC

- Federal Resource Fair – May 22, 188 Madison Ave, NYC

- One-on-One Assistance Clinic – May 24, Borough Hall

- Nonprofit Management Workshop – May 25, 110 William St.

- Hillel Plaza Public Workshop – May 25, Brooklyn College

- Free Rain Barrel Giveaway – June 4, 1203 Albemarle Rd.

- Town Hall with Chancellor Carmen Fariña – June 6, 1001 E. 45 St.

 - Men’s Health Symposium and Expo – June 16, Borough Hall

- Flatbush Ave BID Street Fair – June 18, Flatbush Ave.

- Free Legal Assistance – June 20, 4517 Ave. D

- Rain Barrel Give-Away – June 25, 3787 Bedford Ave.

- One-on-One Assistance Clinic – June 28, Borough Hall

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DOB Homeowner & Tenant Info Night - Every Tues, 4-7 PM, Borough Hall

- FREE LEGAL AID -  Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs, Borough Hall
*Click Here to see schedules for types of legal assistance provided including Veterans’ Issues, Housing, Foreclosure, Domestic Violence & Family Law.

- SCORE NYC Small Business Mentoring- Mon-Thurs, Borough Hall

- Free SNAP Benefit Assistance – Every Tues/Wed @ 123 Linden Blvd.

- Job Postings: Are you looking for a job in the neighborhood or in NYC? See what’s new on CB14′s Jobs page.

- Workforce 1 Job Recruitment Events – Hiring for Jobs Every Day!

- Job Training Programs: CB14 lists hundreds of career training programs on our website from Medical to Construction, Tech to Green Industry jobs – and more!

- Brooklyn Public Library events – Ongoing, various locations

- Youth Scholarship & Internship postings!Youth Job Training Programs; Sports, Social & Health Services; Volunteer Opportunities and more!

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Compost for Brooklyn Spring Hours

The Compost For Brooklyn (C4B) Community Garden will be open to the public every Thursday from 1-3:30 pm through the end of June along with the following Saturdays from 11 am -1 pm: March 22, April 12 &  26, May 10 & 24, June 14 & 28.  Volunteers are needed to help unload trees on Friday, April 4th @ 7 am (for no more than 1 hour). Hot coffee and muffins will be provided. Email Natalia at: snucre@optonline.net if you would like to volunteer.

Composting is available for residential food scraps at the C4B Garden located at East 8th Street & Newkirk Avenue in Brooklyn. (Please no dairy, meat, bones, woody material, lawn clippings, coconut shells, or “compostable” dinnerware).  To find out more about Compost For Brooklyn’s  volunteer opportunities & community events, continue reading below. (more…)

CB14 Online Resources

Have you explored the Community Board 14 website recently? Did you know we post JOB Training Program & Employment Opportunities, SENIOR Volunteer, Job & Educational Programs, along with many YOUTH Opportunities including Sports, Educational, Internship, Job opportunities & more? Visit our Resources Page or the click on the links above to see the current listings. Check back often for new postings!

MTA Service Changes

For the latest MTA information regarding the Cortelyou, Beverley & Parkside station rehabilitation project, plus information about other general MTA service advisories, please follow the link.

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Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resources

To read the Mayor’s Report on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts on the 1-year anniversary of the storm, CLICK HERE.  For the latest Hurricane Sandy Recovery Information for Brooklyn Community District 14 and beyond, including important information regarding federal, state & citywide services, programs and available resources, (more…)

FAQ: Sidewalk Maintenance

NOTE: If your sidewalk was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, you can call the Community Board office at 718-859-6357 to request a special inspection and repairs. Sidewalks must have suffered storm damage, such as from the roots of a fallen tree, in order to qualify for free repair by the City of New York.

New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is tasked with keeping the 12,750 miles of city sidewalks safe for pedestrians. This undertaking requires the participation of home, building and business owners as well as city agencies.

CLICK HERE to view the DOT Sidewalk Guide.
Continue reading below for more info about Sidewalk Maintenance & Repairs

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Arts & Culture Fest

ARTS & CULTURE FEST
presented by The Creative Side

 

WHEN: Saturdays, 10 AM – 6 PM (April 21st through October 20th)
WHERE:
Parkside Plaza
(Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue, Flatbush, Brooklyn.) (more…)

Street Gardening Workdays – Volunteers needed

Compost for Brooklyn & Newkirk Cares Collaborative will be hosting monthly community workdays to care for street trees along Newkirk Avenue.  Volunteers are welcome!

Next Volunteer Date : Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.
To Join, email newkirk.collaborative@gmail.com

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Zone Green Text Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to find out more about the Zone Green Text Amendment.

NYC Prescription Discount Program

NYC Prescription Discount Card
All New York City residents and visitors are invited to take advantage of the city’s discount prescription program. No paperwork required. All are automatically qualified. Simply visit the Big Apple Rx website, call 311 or call 1-800-697-6974 to receive your new card start saving on your prescriptions.
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Free Community Tax Assistance

Tax Aid Schedule
Saturdays 10am- 2pm
Free Tax Return Preparation.
No Appointments. Walk-Ins Only.
February 11, 18, 25
March 3, 10, 24, 31
April 7 & 14

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Wollman Rink Parking Lot Closed

Prospect Park’s Wollman Rink parking lot is currently closed while construction is underway on Lakeside.  To help you plan your trip to the Park and enjoy your visit, here is some useful information:

• Visit our Directions page for information on public transportation serving the Park and driving information.

• Find designated picnic and barbecue areas at the Park, and read rules for picnicking and barbecuing.

Find barbecue areas in other New York City parks.

• Visit primospot.com* to find the location of parking garages and other parking options near the Park (after the new web page opens, it may be necessary to refresh the page to see a complete list of local parking garages ).

• Find a safe bike route to and from Prospect Park via the Ride the City interactive map tool.

Start Your Own Business! Apply for a NYC Green Cart Permit

Would you like to start your own business?  There are over 200 NYC Green Cart permits available in Brooklyn! Green Carts are mobile food stands that exclusively sell fresh fruits and vegetables in the areas that need them most. Tell everyone you know, including your clients, customers, and friends that a new Green Cart permit application waiting list will open in April!  The NYC Green Carts staff is available to speak to your staff or organization about how to apply for a Green Cart permit and answer all your questions.

What’s the first step?  Apply for a mobile food vending license. All the information you need is also on our website at www.nyc.gov/greencarts. If you have questions, email Peggy Leggat, the Green Carts Outreach Coordinator- mleggat@health.nyc.gov.

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene will be attending the Board’s upcoming Human Services Committee meeting on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 7 PM to discuss this topic in further detail.

State Senator Eric Adams Commends CB14 for Exemplary Service

At a breakfast earlier this morning, State Senator Eric Adams, representing the 20th Senate District, presented CB14 Chairman Alvin M. Berk and District Manager Doris Ortíz with a proclamation commending CB14 for its exemplary service to the community.  CB14 is deeply honored by this recognition.

New Truck Delivery Windows To Help Alleviate Congestion on Church Avenue

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced plans to implement a new truck delivery “window” along Brooklyn’s Church Avenue from East 16th to East 21st streets to ease congestion along the busy commercial corridor, improve parking opportunities for all motorists and enhance deliveries for the many businesses in the area.

After working with CB14 and the Church Avenue Business Improvement District, DOT designed the plan to address the local community’s concerns about chronic traffic congestion on Church Avenue.

The new parking regulations, set to begin on January 18, 2011, designate 40 metered spaces for weekday truck deliveries from 7 a.m. – noon, freeing up the one-hour metered parking spaces in the afternoons for other motorists. Metered parking for passenger vehicles will continue to be available all day at 90 meters on Church Avenue and on side streets. By consolidating freight deliveries to morning hours, the initiative optimizes the use of curb space by encouraging deliveries to be made earlier in the day, reduces double parking and curb idling and supports the city’s economy by making it easier for business patrons to park. For businesses that need later deliveries, truck loading and unloading will be available until 3 p.m. on weekdays on Church Avenue between East 18th and 19th streets.

Read more about the changes that will take effect starting January 18, 2011.

Update on Projects in Flatbush Avenue/Nostrand Avenue Junction

At the Board’s last Executive Committee meeting on Monday, November 29th, representatives from Brooklyn College and Lisa Solomon, Executive Director, from the Flatbush/Nostrand Junction Business Improvement District (BID) gave presentations on the new performing arts center at Brooklyn College and the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s streetscape designs for the Junction.

View the presentations here:

Wall Street Journal: Eating Spots Perk Up Cortelyou Road

The Wall Street Journal’s Kavita Mokha recently wrote a glowing piece on the growing number of restaurants and cafés on Cortelyou Road.  Congratulations to all the merchants on Cortelyou Road!

Ditmas Park’s leafy environs, ornate Victorian homes and designation as a historic district already make the area a draw for nest seekers. Now, the emergence of a string of new restaurants along the neighborhood’s main drag, Cortelyou Road, is spicing up the neighborhood and solidifying its status as a foodie destination.

In the past year alone, half a dozen new eateries have opened up within a seven-block radius on Cortelyou Road, between East 17th Street and Coney Island Avenue. The three most recent to open within steps of each other are: Café Madeline, Catskill Bagel Co. and Qathra Café.

Qathra, which opened its doors in September, has had a brisk reception since opening day.

“Never before has a café I helped launch picked up business this fast,” said manager Collin Crockett, who has experience with opening more than a dozen coffee shops around the country in recent years. “We had an opening party Sept. 14 and the next day it was packed.” (more…)

The Bug Stops Here!

Beginning December 3rd, 2010, the New York City Department of Sanitation will require all City residents to fully encase within a sealed plastic bag all mattresses or box springs being discarded for Sanitation collection.  This new rule will help prevent an increase in bed bug activity, with bed bugs being found in homes and apartments.  Bed bugs are generally nocturnal and tend to live in bedding, such as mattresses and box springs, hiding in their crevices until they are ready to feed.

Under the new rule, failure to place a mattress or box spring out in a proper bag can result in a $100 fine. The Department will delay enforcing the new set-out rule for 30 days, followed by full enforcement beginning January 3rd, 2011.

Plastic bags to contain the bedding are available at department stores, home improvement centers, at other home supply businesses, and online, at a modest cost.  Bedding stores also provide removal options with purchases.

CB14′s Getting Greener! Fall 2010 Street Tree Planting List Released

CB14 just received the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Fall 2010 Street Tree Planting schedule, including the locations where new street trees will be planted in Community District 14.  For your convenience, we have produced the map below to help you see if a location near you has been selected for this fall. Parks has also informed us that there will be even more trees planted in the Spring of 2011.


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PS 193 Schoolyard To Playground Project Completed

CB14 has learned that, as part of the PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative, the PS 193 schoolyard has opened to the public.

PS 193
2515 Avenue L
Brooklyn, NY 11210

The community-designed playground helps achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Open Space goal of bringing all New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk of a park. 164 of these playgrounds have opened to date out of 257 that will open by 2013.

Please help keep the new playground safe by respecting its rules and hours. The schoolyard is open to the public from the end of the school day until dusk on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until dusk during the weekends, holidays, and summer.  The PS 193 custodial staff will be in charge of maintaining the new space. Please encourage your children and neighbors to help us keep the playground clean by picking up litter and by reviewing the rules with them. If you see any inappropriate behavior inside the playground, we ask that you call your local police precinct or 311. Violators of the rules are subject to summons and or arrest by the NYPD.

This playground is a fantastic addition to our community for learning and play. Let’s work together to keep it clean and safe for all to enjoy for many years to come.

The partners of the PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative are proud to announce that PS 193 schoolyard has opened to the public.

PS 193

2515 Avenue L

Brooklyn, NY 11210

The community-designed playground helps achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Open Space goal of bringing all New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk of a park. 164 of these playgrounds have opened to date out of 257 that will open by 2013.

Please help keep the new playground safe by respecting its rules and hours. The schoolyard is open to the public from

The partners of the PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative are proud to announce that PS 193 schoolyard has opened to the public.

PS 193

2515 Avenue L

Brooklyn, NY 11210

The community-designed playground helps achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Open Space goal of bringing all New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk of a park. 164 of these playgrounds have opened to date out of 257 that will open by 2013.

Please help keep the new playground safe by respecting its rules and hours. The schoolyard is open to the public from the end of the school day until dusk on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until dusk during the weekends, holidays, and summer.  The PS 193 custodial staff will be in charge of maintaining the new space. Please encourage your children and neighbors to help us keep the playground clean by picking up litter and by reviewing the rules with them. If you see any inappropriate behavior inside the playground, we ask that you call your local police precinct or 311. Violators of the rules are subject to summons and or arrest by the NYPD.

This playground is a fantastic addition to our community for learning and play. Let’s work together to keep it clean and safe for all to enjoy for many years to come.

the end of the school day until dusk on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until dusk during the weekends, holidays, and summer.  The PS 193 custodial staff will be in charge of maintaining the new space. Please encourage your children and neighbors to help us keep the playground clean by picking up litter and by reviewing the rules with them. If you see any inappropriate behavior inside the playground, we ask that you call your local police precinct or 311. Violators of the rules are subject to summons and or arrest by the NYPD.

This playground is a fantastic addition to our community for learning and play. Let’s work together to keep it clean and safe for all to enjoy for many years to come.

70th Precinct’s Det. Dominick Scotto Named Chief Brennan Cop of the Year

CB14 Chairman Alvin M. Berk, Det. Dominick Scotto, and CB14 District Manager Doris OrtizOn Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn South’s Assistant Chief Joseph Fox awarded the 70th Precinct’s Det. Dominick Scotto, Community Affairs, with the Chief Patrick D. Brennan Cop of the Year Award.  Community Board 14 congratulates Det. Scotto on this much-earned and well-deserved honor!

Daytime Street Closure Notice for Brighton Line Rehabilitation Project

Granite Construction has informed CB14 about the following street closure and work in conjunction with the Brighton Line Rehabilitation Project:

Please be advised that Elm Avenue between East 15 Street and Avenue M will be closed to vehicular traffic for crane operation at Elm Avenue between the hours of 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturdays, and  9:00 am to 6:00 pm Sundays from September 9th to November 9th.

Congratulations to Vanderveer Place, the Greenest Block in Brooklyn

Community Board 14 is honored and proud to announce that Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street has been chosen as the Greenest Block in Brooklyn!

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and the Brooklyn Community Foundation, along with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, presented the Vanderveer Block Association President Olivia Avery with the award earlier this morning.

“It’s a little piece of heaven in the concrete jungle,” said Yvonne Murray, Vice President of the Block Association, beaming with pride at her verdant oasis.

National Grid Gas Main Installation & Service Replacements

CB14 has received information that National Grid will be working starting on Monday, August 2, 2010 on Farragut Road between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street for gas main installation and service replacements to accommodate increasing demand of gas in the area.   The full notice is here:

Dear Valued Customer:

Please be advised that National Grid will be working on your block to install a new gas main/service in the next week or two.  We would like to inform you about the nature of our work in case you have any questions.  We are working on Farragut Rd between Flatbush Ave and E 23rd Street.

National Grid’s scheduled gas main installation and gas service replacements are necessary to accommodate the increased demand of gas in the area.  We are up-sizing the pipe diameter to boost pressures in the region and add to the reliability of service to our customers.  The main installation may be followed with service work to your building.  This timeframe between the two operations may take several weeks.  The anticipated duration of all of our work will be approximately ninety (90) business days.

Street Paving

Street paving will be repaved to insure a smooth surface. Paving is done in two steps:

Base paving – This first step restores the paving to two inches below street level and will remain so for 21 working days or up to a month.

Topping – In this final step, high-grade asphalt is applied so that the restored areas are even with the surrounding roadway.

Concrete Restoration

Sidewalks that are affected by our work will be filled with a temporary asphalt pavement.

Concrete openings should be restored within 21 days, with the exception of work done during mid-winter. Some delays in final restoration may occur because concrete can not be poured in inclement or cold weather.

Please note that National Grid may require access to your gas meter and service valve to perform the necessary work.  If the gas meter and valve is not accessible (i.e. behind sheetrock or obstructed) then you will need to provide clear access so that National Grid or its contractors (Hallen Construction) can complete the work safely.  Neither National Grid nor its contractors will be involved in the clearing or rebuilding of any obstructions. You will be notified by either National Grid or Hallen Construction when access to your home is required.

We apologize for any inconvenience to you and your family. If you have any questions please call our contractor Hallen Construction at (718) 533-9400, Monday through Friday 7a.m – 3 p.m., or our Community Investments Department, Renee McClure at (718) 403-2663.

Reminder:

As always, in the event of an emergency, call our emergency number at (718) 643-4050 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

National Grid

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