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Recycle your Christmas Tree

The New York City Department of Sanitation will collect Christmas trees for mulching Jan. 6 – 17, 2020, weather permitting. Please remove tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments before putting trees out for collection. Christmas trees will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into compost for the city’s parks, institutions and community gardens.  New Yorkers can also drop off Christmas trees for recycling at one of the 67 NYC Parks Mulchfest locations between Dec. 26 – Jan. 11.  For more information on Christmas tree collection and MulchFest, visit, or call 311.

Vote on PS 315/152 Playground Design

The PS 152/315 schoolyard and garden located at 2310 Glenwood Road is scheduled for a $1.9 million renovation in 2019. Community members are invited to vote on the design. To vote, please join fellow community members on Friday, December 7th at 6:30 PM in the PS 315 Auditorium or click this link to review designs and vote online. For more information, please click here to view flyer or contact Susannah Laskaris  at 718-619-9020 or

Community Meeting: 1921 Cortelyou Road Proposal

Members of the public are invited to a Community Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30- 8:00 PM, at the Flatbush Seventh-Day Adventist Church (261 East 21st Street, Brooklyn NY 11226.) The meeting will provide an update on an upcoming construction project proposed for 1921 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226. Click here to view flyer.

OEM Community Notification

NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Community Notice: NYC’s Flash Flood Emergency Plan has been activated in anticipation of heavy rain on Sunday, 6/5 into Monday, 6/6. Residents and property owners are advised to clear catch basins near their property to minimize street flooding, and to report any complaints about street flooding or blocked catch basins by calling 311. For additional information, please click this link.

Free Tree Give Aways

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is partnering with community groups to give away hundreds of free trees to New Yorkers this Spring. Tree give aways will be held in the district on Saturday, April 16th, 12-2 PM at Compost for Brooklyn (E. 8 St & Newkirk Ave) and Sunday, April 17th, 1:30-3:30 PM at the Midwood Public Library (975 E. 16th St.) For more information, visit the NYRP website.

Neighborhood 360 Fellowship Program

The Neighborhood 360° Fellows program pairs community organizers and planners with New York City community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to facilitate increased collaboration between local stakeholders around impactful economic development initiatives. Fellows will serve as on the ground resources connecting local businesses, jobseekers and CBDOs to NYC Department of Small Business Services’ programs. Additionally, fellows will participate in a series of supplemental seminars and excursions focused on professional development and commercial revitalization. The 10-month full-time fellowship will begin in June 2016 and continue through April 2017. A stipend of $33,000 and health benefits will be offered. The application deadline is February 29, 2016. For more information, visit

Love Your Block Grants

Citizens Committee for New York City is accepting applications for the 2016 Love Your Block Grant.  Grants of up to $1000 are awarded for block beautification projects that utilize City services from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Transportation and Department of Sanitation.  The grant deadline is November 6.  Click here for an application.

Health Dept to Spray for West Nile Virus

To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Thursday, August 20, 2015 during the same hours. The neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity and have high mosquito populations. The affected neighborhoods within Brooklyn Community District 14 are those south of Avenue K.
Click Here to See DOHMH notice & map.

Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting

DATE: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 6 PM
LOCATION: CB14 District Office (810 E 16th Street, Brooklyn)

1. Presentation on Brooklyn Public Library Midwood Branch Renovation Project –  Presentation by David G. Greenfield, New York City Councilmember, District 44 & Naila Rosario, Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy, Brooklyn Public Library.

Community Environment Committee Meeting

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015, 7 PM
Location: CB14 District Office (810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn)


1. Schematic Design for Parade Ground Improvements:
Presentation by Justine Heilner, Senior Landscape Architect, Design and Construction Office, Prospect Park Alliance.

2. Presentation on Solar Energy:
Presentation by Simon Mugo, Regional Outreach Contractor, New York State Energy Research   and Development Authority

3. Other business

Flood Preparedness

Homeowner's Guide to Flood Preparedness coverThe New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) created the Homeowner’s Guide to Flood Preparedness in an effort to help you protect your home and valuables against flooding from heavy rainfall and sewer backups. The guide offers helpful tips on a variety of flooding solutions and explains some of the most common causes of flooding.  Click Here to view the guide. (more…)

Cross Harbor Freight Program

Please Note: The public comment period has been extended to Friday, March 20, 2015. The Cross Harbor Freight Program, an initiative of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, seeks to identify the best long-term solutions for transporting freight throughout the NY/NJ region: solutions that will reduce traffic congestion, make the region more economically competitive, and improve everyone’s quality of life. The Port Authority requests public involvement from members of communities throughout the designated study area and encourages your input, which may impact the final decision-making process. To view the current draft of the study, please visit  To view locations where you can pick up a printed version of the study, please click here.  To submit comments, please click here.

Joint Executive & Community Environment Committee Meeting

DATE: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn


1. Presentation on Proposed Zoning for Quality and Affordability Text Amendment and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing – Jonah Rogoff, City Planner, NYC Department of City Planning

2. Other business

Autumn Leaf Composting & Disposal

Due to budget cuts, the NYC Department of Sanitation’s leaf and yard waste composting collection program is suspended until further notice. When the leaf and yard waste composting collection program is reinstated, residents in yard waste collection districts, including Brooklyn Community District 14, will receive a mailer detailing the collection dates and proper set out for leaf composting.  During the suspension, leaves and yard waste will be collected with regular household refuse on regularly scheduled refuse collection days. (*Paper lawn & leaf bags may not be used during the suspension, since leaves and yard waste are collected as regular trash. Residents and institutions must use either opaque plastic bags or rigid containers to set out leaf and yard waste for Sanitation collection, since they are handled as regular trash.)

DSNY heartily encourages composting leaves and other yard waste wherever possible, by raking leaves into a pile and letting nature do its work. Continue reading below for a list of Composting Locations in Brooklyn Community District 14 For composting guidelines and to find out about community gardens that accept bagged leaves from the public (in paper or clear plastic bags without twigs or trash,) keep reading below (for CD14 locations) or contact the NYC Compost Project or visit to find out more about leaf collection programs around the city.

It is illegal for landscapers to dispose of yard waste by placing it at the curb for DSNY collection. According to NYC’s Yard Waste Composting Law, violators will be subject to escalating fines. This law requires landscapers to bring leaf and yard waste to a composting facility.   If you have any questions about how to dispose of leaves or yard waste, call 3-1-1 or contact the Community Board District Office at 718-859-6357.  (more…)

Love Your Block Grants

Apply for a grant to beautify your block or your neighborhood! Several grant opportunities are available.  Love Your Block grant applications are due by November 7th. Apply Today! Continue reading below for more information. (more…)

Flatbush Neighborhood Beautification Day

Saturday, May 31st 9 AM – 1 PM
– – Click Here to View Flyer – –

The community is invited to participate in Flatbush Neighborhood Beautification Day by painting over graffiti and planting flowers. All the supplies will be provided & a BBQ will follow for all the hardworking volunteers. Interested in volunteering? Call the Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC) at 718-859-3800 x 209. (more…)

Community Environment Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7:00 PM
CB14 District Office,
810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230

1.   Report on Playgrounds, Parks and Green Streets; Update on Department of Parks and Recreation Programs – Macceau Médozile, Manager, Districts 14 & 19, Department of Parks and Recreation

2.   Other business

Joint Community Environment & Transportation Committee Meeting

WHEN: Monday, March 2, 2015, 7 PM
WHERE: CB14 District Office, 810 E 16th Street

1. Update on The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) of the Cross Harbor Freight Program (CHFP) – Representatives From the Cross Harbor Freight Program Outreach Team.

2. Other business


CB14 Nonprofit Organizations Map

Check out a new community resource available on Brooklyn Community Board 14′s website! Click on square icon on the top right of the map below or click this link to view the full CB14 Nonprofit Organizations Map.


Community Environment Committee Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:00PM
LOCATION: CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn

1. Presentation on Proposed Design for Di Gilio Playground – Ned Shalanski, Capital Projects, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

2. Other Business

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: 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…)

Take Home a Free Tree

Compost for Brooklyn (C4B) is giving away 35 free trees during C4B’s  Open Hours this Thursday, 11/7, 12:30- 2:30 PM, and Saturday, 11/9, 11 AM – 1 PM. Four types of trees are available: dogwood, sourwood, paw paw, and Japanese Stuarti. These trees must be planted in NYC and individuals who can transport and plant the trees are welcome to take more than one. If you are unable to make the Open Hours but would like a free tree, you can email…)

Free Homeowner’s Seminar

Free Home Equity Seminar: Getting the most value out of your home
Date: Thursday, April 18th, 6 PM
Location: NHS of E. Flatbush, 2806 Church Ave (btw Nostrand & Rogers)

Are you paying too much in homeowners insurance?
– Do you want to refinance your home?
– Is your homeowners policy covering you fully?
– Learn about Home Equity Loans and more

 To register and for more information, call 718-469-4679 or

Greenest Block in Brooklyn

It’s not too early to rally your neighbors! Visit this page to enter your block in the 19th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest! You can also view 2012 winners by clicking here – many of which came from our very own Community District 14. Congratulations to last year’s winners and best of luck to all who enter in 2013! Entries are accepted until Saturday, June 1, 2013.

A project of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s GreenBridge program, in cooperation with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, with leadership support from Brooklyn Community Foundation.

Water Service Interruption

Over the course of the next two months, as part of the Nostrand Avenue Select Bus Service Project #1130A, the New York City Department of Design & Construction will be replacing water mains at multiple locations within and around Brooklyn’s Community District 14. This work may result in water service interruptions for some residents. When water shut-downs are announced, notification will be posted here.

Location: Rogers Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Lincoln Road
Dates of Water Shut-Down: February 27 & February 28, 2013
Time: 8:30AM – 4:00PM each day
For additional information, CLICK HERE to see flyer.

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