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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

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

Free Community Tax Assistance

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Free Tax Return Preparation.
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February 11, 18, 25
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Shop Brooklyn This Holiday Season

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
and Brooklyn elected officials, along with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Brooklyn Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), merchant associations and local development corporations and business owners greeted shoppers at Fulton Mall, officially launching the borough-wide “Shop Brooklyn” initiative.

“Shop Brooklyn” is an awareness campaign highlighting the uniqueness of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and thriving shopping corridors, re-introducing Brooklyn to Brooklynites, and inviting tourists and visitors to experience this cultural and shopping destination—not just during the holidays, but year-round.

To learn more about the Shop Brooklyn initiative, including how merchants can participate and which merchants are participating, visit

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…)

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