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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.

Compost for Brooklyn Winter Workdays

COMPOST FOR BROOKLYN, a community composting project located at Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn, is hosting a series of volunteer workdays this winter to ready the compost system for upgrades and renovations. Six workdays are currently scheduled through March 2013.
For work dates & more information,
or contact

For Updated Contact Information, (more…)

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…)

Donate to Support NYC Trees

Hurricane Sandy wrought damage of historic proportions to New York City’s green spaces. The latest count shows that the five boroughs lost over 9,000 city-owned street trees, plus many thousands of private trees. Your donation will help to re-green our city!  Check out the great work being done in our area by the New York Restoration Project & the Prospect Park Alliance. Click the links above for more information and to make a donation today.

Brooklyn Animal Action

Looking for a new feline friend? Check out Brooklyn Animal Action!

Brooklyn Animal Action (BAA) is an all-volunteer team that rescues, spays/neuters, and rehomes Brooklyn’s animals in need. Since 2010, BAA has rescued hundreds of cats—and the odd dog or pigeon, too. BAA offers educational programs and helps  felines find homes in Brooklyn and beyond. Visit the website by CLICKING HERE.

10/29 Community Environment Committee Meeting has been CANCELED

Tonight’s Community Environment Committee Meeting has been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Please contact the Brooklyn Community Board 14 District Office at a later date to find out when the next Community Environment Meeting will be held.

Community Environment Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00 PM
Location: CB14 District Office, 810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn

1. Report on Tree Pruning Program and Playground Projects – Stephanie Thayer, Parks and Recreation Manager; Representatives from Brooklyn Forestry, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

2. Presentation on Green Buffer Zones – Susannah Laskaris, Community Gardening Consultant, P.S. 217 School Garden Manager

3. Other business

Compost for Brooklyn – Closed for Season

Open Hours Suspended after Sunday, 10/28

After well over two years of uninterrupted and very productive use, the C4B compost system, located at Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street, is in need of repairs and renovations. Open hours will be temporarily suspended while the infrastructure is upgraded. Assuming agreeable weather, the last open hours for the fall of 2012 are Sunday, October 28, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. (more…)

Community Environment Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 7:00 PM
CB14 District Office,
810 East 16th Street, Brooklyn

1. Report on the Department of Parks and Recreation Response in the Aftermath of Storm Sandy –  Representatives from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

2. Presentation of Programs and Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Alexander Enriquez, Director of Government and Community Relations, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

3. Presentation on Feral Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter Programs – Donna Erhardt, Brooklyn Animal Action

4. Other business


NYC Cooling Centers Open Monday & Tuesday

The NYC Office of Emergency Management announced cooling centers will open Monday, July 16 & Tuesday, July 17, to help New Yorkers stay cool. According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, the heat index is expected to exceed 95 degrees Monday and Tuesday. With temperatures soaring, it is important to keep hydrated and stay cool. During officially-declared heat waves, New York City offers hundreds of cooling centers  in air-conditioned public community centers, senior centers, and public libraries around the five boroughs. To find a cooling center or pool near you, call 311 or Click Here to use the online Cooling Center locator. These centers are free and open to the public. Individuals who have no ready access to a cool environment, and particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use the cooling centers during a heat wave.


Community Resource Fair

Saturday, June 30, 1-3 PM * Cortelyou Church of God, 1085 Flatbush Ave.

Services provided will include health information, foster parent sign-up, mental health information, shelters and housing options, daycare vouchers and children’s resources, loan modifications, employment information and more!

The event is free and open to the public. Click Here for more information.

Celebrate Newkirk Plaza

Saturday, May 19th
10:30 AM – 1 PM
Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn

Click Here for the event flyer and more information!

Greening the Newkirk Plaza Day

Friends of Newkirk Plaza present Greening the Plaza Day!

When: 9am-3pm, Saturday,  May 5th, 2012 (Rain date: Sunday May 6th, 2012)
Where: Newkirk Plaza



Help Paint Church Avenue

Join the Church Avenue BID and your friends and neighbors for a day of painting the gates of Church Avenue businesses with the winning mural designs. All ages welcome and no experience is necessary. Food, drinks, and supplies will be provided.

When: Sunday May 6th, 11 am to 4 pm
Bonnie Youth Club, 1221 Church Avenue (off of Argyle Road)

Can’t make it on May 6th? Volunteers will be painting the gates all through May. Click below for more information and the full painting schedule.


Arts & Culture Fest

presented by The Creative Side


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

Homeowners Night event

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Meet with representatives from Neighborhood Housing Services and the New York City Departments of Buildings, Finance, Sanitation & Environmental Protection.
Presented by Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams.

Click Here for More Information!

Cyber-Bullying Town Hall Event

Midwood High School is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 19th 2012 at 5 PM. The topic will be on Cyber-bullying and how schools, students, and parents can implement effective measures to deal with this problem. The guest speaker will be ADA Frank Laghezza from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. His presentation will provide insight on how to recognize and resolve matters surrounding cyber-bullying. This meeting is open to the public.

CYBER-BULLYING: How schools, students & parents can work together

MIDWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: 2839 Bedford Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: (718) 724-8500

Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 5 pm

Guest Speaker: Frank Laghezza, ADA, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

CANCELED: Community Environment Committee Meeting


Monday, October 29, 2012, 7 PM
Community Environment Committee Meeting
CB14 District Office, 810 E 16th Street, Brooklyn

1. Presentation of Programs and Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Alexander Enriquez, Director of Government and Community Relations

2. Update on Compost for Brooklyn Programs and Events – Louise Bruce, Compost for Brooklyn

3. Report on Rescue and Spay/Neuter Feral Cats Programs – Donna Erhardt, Brooklyn Animal Action

4. Other business

Citywide Statement of Needs for FY 2013 & 2014

The Citywide Statement of Needs, FY 2013 and 2014 are now available for review by the residents of Community Board 14. The Statement of Needs describes City facilities that are proposed for closing or expansion in the next two (2) years. Community Board 14 will be submitting comments on these documents no later than April 30, 2012.

Please click on the links below for more information.
Letter to Community Residents regarding Citywide Statement of Needs

Citywide Statement of Needs for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014

Take the Flatbush-Nostrand Junction neighborhood survey

The Flatbush-Nostrand Junction Business Improvement District (BID) is conducting a survey to learn about how local residents and shoppers feel about the Junction shopping area.  By gathering local input about the area’s strengths and weaknesses, the BID hopes to discover ways to strengthen the business district and make the Junction a successful shopping destination and vibrant commercial district. Please take a few minutes to take the survey by clicking on the link below.

CLICK HERE to take the survey.
If you are a Flatbush-Nostrand Junction business owner, please
CLICK HEREto take the merchant’s survey. Email your completed survey to

If you have any questions, contact Paula Crespo at the Pratt Center for Community Development at or (718) 637-8646

CB14 Additional Passover Sanitation Collection Services

Brooklyn Community Board 14 is pleased to announce that Department of Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty has once again approved the Board’s plan for additional Sanitation collection services in portions of the Flatbush, Midwood and Kensington areas to assist our residents in preparation for Passover observances, which commences at sundown on Friday, April 6, 2012. The plan provides for an additional collection.

For areas with regular pick up on Monday/Thursday or Wednesday/Saturday the plan provides for an additional collection on Friday, April 6th. For areas with regular pick up on Tuesday/Friday the plan provides for enhanced collection on Friday, April 6th. (Click on the map to see a larger image).

The additional/enhanced Friday recycling collection will take place from 12:00 midnight to 8:00 AM. Therefore all recycling materials must be placed at curbside on the evening of Thursday, April 5th for collection on Friday, April 6th.  The use of plastic bags for these special collections is strongly suggested.

All regular refuse materials, including Chometz, should be placed at curbside no later than 11:00 AM on Friday, April 6th.


Greening Flatbush Event, March 25th

Greening Flatbush 2012: Garden Where You Are!

Greening Flatbush is back, Sunday March 25th. Get involved!

Sustainable Flatbush will host our 4th annual Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are, on Sunday, March 25th at 2pm.  The event will be held at the historic Flatbush Reformed Church, host of our compost and gardening initiatives, located on Flatbush and Church Avenues.

This year, Greening Flatbush promises to be better than ever — an event the entire family can participate in and enjoy. Our annual extravaganza celebrating community gardening, neighborhood greening, and urban agriculture will feature, from 2 – 5pm, hands-on workshops, interactive demos, DIY projects, creative arts, and live entertainment, presented by Sustainable Flatbush and a curated roster of community-based groups. The day will culminate in a delicious Community Meal from 5 until 7pm.

What’s New at Greening Flatbush 2012

In addition to interactive displays from a wide variety of community organizations (check out info and photos from last year’s event!), Sustainable Flatbush will offer workshops on Gardening with Native Plants, Composting, Community Engagement, and Solar for Community Gardens.

There will be live entertainment and a delicious meal prepared for the whole community. Like our first Community Meal on January 28, which attracted over 120 people, this is an opportunity for neighbors to meet neighbors and to share, learn, and build relationships around sustainable living in our communities.

Why We Do It

Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are engages and empowers people from all over Brooklyn and beyond to participate in creating sustainable urban neighborhoods. Our goal is for YOU to discover (or create!) a project within walking distance of your home where you can get involved in making your community greener — whether it’s by learning to compost, joining a CSA or community garden, adopting a tree, or growing flowers on your windowsill!

While bringing more visibility and participants to sustainable neighborhood-based projects, Greening Flatbush will also be a great opportunity for all of us to get acquainted with like-minded organizations and people, form partnerships, and strengthen the growing network of environmental stewardship in Brooklyn.

You can be part of this event!
Click here for information on how to get involved as a volunteer or sponsor.

Greening Flatbush is free, with a suggested donation of $10 for the event and the community meal.


Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are
Sunday, March 25, 2 – 7 pm
Flatbush Reformed Church
890 Flatbush Avenue (corner of Church and Flatbush Avenues) [map]

Let us know you’re coming! Please RSVP here.

200 Free Trees – Sunday, June 3

H.E.A.T. – Help Employ Ambitious Teens

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