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Free Summer Tax Prep Services

Do you still need to file your 2021 Federal and/or State income taxes? Free, in-person tax preparation assistance is available now through October 15, 2022 at several Brooklyn locations. Click here to view the flyer for more information or visit www.growbrooklyn.org/freetaxes. Call 347-682-5606 or email freetaxes@growbrooklyn.org with any questions.

Utility bill credit for low-income residents

Residential customers who receive qualifying government assistance will receive a bill credit for any past-due balance for service through May 1, 2022. Note: All customers are responsible for bills for service after May 1. (more…)

Upcoming Election Dates

Primary elections for U.S. Congress and NY State Senate will be held on August 23, 2022. For more information, visit vote.nyc

Friday, July 29 – Voter Registration Deadline
Monday, August 8 – Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
Sat., August 13 – Sun., August 21 – Early Voting
Tuesday, August 23 – Primary Election Day

Cooling Centers & Pools Are Open in NYC

As the heat rises, New Yorkers are encouraged to stay cool! Cooling centers are open during periods of high heat. A cooling center is a facility, such as a senior center, community center, or public library, where people may go to enjoy air-conditioned comfort during a heat emergency. To find the nearest location, including hours of operation, call 311 or visit the City’s Cooling Center Finder website. New York City’s outdoor pools will be open through Labor Day weekend, every day from 11 AM – 7 PM (closed for cleaning 3-4 PM.) For more information, go to www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/outdoor-pools. Stay hydrated, check on elderly neighbors and relatives, and stay safe! For more heat safety information, please visit www1.nyc.gov/assets/em/html/beat-the-heat/beattheheat.

Community Budget Recommendations FY 2024

Community members are invited to participate in the budget process by suggesting a new city service or capital project to be funded in Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024). Fill out a District Needs Survey or fill out a questionnaire posted on our website (or both!) to help determine needs, support those already identified, and provide input that might help shape future requests and priorities. The deadline to submit FY 2024 budget recommendations is Friday, September 9, 2022.

Community Events

Please click links below to view event flyers for upcoming events. If you would like your community event featured on this listing, please email a flyer or link to info@cb14brooklyn.com.

Through October 15, 2022Free Summer Tax Preparation Services

August 1, 2:00 PM – Suicide Prevention Webinar (Online)

August 2, 6:00 PM – NYPD National Night Out (Parade Grounds)

August 2-15Back to School Supply Drive (1312 Flatbush Ave)

August 6, 3 – 7 PM- Dance Party NYC (Hillel Plaza)

August 10, 4:00 PM – Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) Meeting

August 10, 4:00 PM – Reducing Gun Violence Youth Summit

August 10, 6:00 PM – Redistricting NYC Neighborhood Teach-In

August 19, 12:00 PM – Community Health Fair (1110 Eastern Pkwy)

Sept. 24, 11:00 AM – Healthier Futures Wellness Expo (Queens)

Oct. 15, 11:00 AM – Healthier Futures Wellness Expo (Brooklyn)

Free Covid-19 Tests

Starting this week, every home in the U.S. will be able to order an additional set of 4 tests. Every home in the United States is eligible to now receive two shipments of four at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests from the federal government. The tests are completely free. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. To place an order, go to www.covidtests.gov.

NYC COVID-19 Information & Alerts

Visit CB14’s COVID-19 resource page for more information, news, alerts and resources about New York City & State’s response to the novel coronavirus including testing and vaccination locations. New Yorkers are encouraged to stay home and to stay up to date with all latest announcements regarding COVID-19 by visiting www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/index. New York City has also set up a text alert system.  Text COVID to 692-692 and notifications will be texted to you. Visit CB14’s Covid-19 resource page at https://cb14brooklyn.com/covid-19-resources/ for more information.

Help Keep Prospect Park Clean

Want to lend a hand to keep Prospect Park clean? Visit prospectpark.org/get-involved to sign up for volunteer events, borrow trash grabbers, and learn about the many ways you can lend a hand in Brooklyn’s Backyard. Join Prospect Park volunteers on Mondays It’s My Park Day community volunteer events, where groups and individuals can help us sustain the park during these challenging times.

NYC Alternate Side Parking Rule Changes

New citywide alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations have been instituted. Residential streets will only be cleaned  once per week on each side. If an ASP sign lists multiple days, street cleaning regulations will be in effect only on the last day listed on the sign. There are no changes to streets that have just one day of ASP regulations on each side or commercial streets or metered areas. For more information on recent changes to ASP rules, go to http://on.nyc.gov/ASPReform.

CB14 District Office Closed

In compliance with the Governor’s order and New York City’s guidelines, the Community Board 14 office began providing services remotely beginning Wednesday, March 18th.  We have access to email and will periodically collect voicemail messages in order to continue to assist community members with issues related to city services. All board meetings will be held online until further notice. For service or to sign up for our monthly newsletter, please email info@cb14brooklyn.com or leave a voicemail at 718-859-6357. For additional information about how the City of New York is working to keep residents safe and healthy, please visit www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus

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.

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