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September 2020 Meetings

For the September 2020 meetings calendar and agenda, click on the links below. All September meetings will be held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings. Read the CB14 September 2020 newsletter for meeting links and to learn more.

CB14 Meeting Calendar – September 2020

CB14 Meeting Agendas – September 2020

Census 2020 – Brooklyn needs you to respond!

Please support ongoing efforts to make sure every NYC resident fills out a 2020 Census form online or in person. As of late-August, only 53.7% of Brooklyn residents have responded to the 2020 Census. We need to get to 100%. Now, more than ever, it is so vital for every Brooklyn resident to be counted so that our Borough gets the federal support and resources we need to recover from Covid-19 and to thrive in the future! Visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to get counted. Online responses can be submitted in English as well as 12 other languages. For resources to help promote the Census, visit New York Counts 2020. Let’s make sure everyone does their part to Make Brooklyn Count 100%!

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Help Keep Prospect Park Clean

Love Your Park (@loveyourpark) | TwitterWant 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 every Monday in August for special It’s My Park Day community volunteer events, where groups and individuals can help us sustain the park during these challenging times.

NYC COVID-19 Information & Alerts

New York City entered Phase Four of reopening on Monday, July 20th. CB14’s COVID-19 resource page is your source for news, alerts, resources and helpful information about New York City & State’s response to the novel coronavirus. 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.

Watch CB14 Meetings Online

Did you miss a Community Board 14 meeting? Watch it anytime on the CB14 YouTube channel. Like and subscribe to receive updates about future meetings or sign up for our mailing list by emailing info@cb14brooklyn.com. CB14 board members do not meet during the summer, but staff is available Monday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM to assist you with all of your needs.

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.

Community Safety & Fireworks Complaints

There have been an unprecedented number of reports of fireworks in our community over the past weeks.  Remember, fireworks are illegal and dangerous.  In addition, and in the words of one of our community residents, “They wake up babies, terrify dogs, trigger those with PTSD, and keep everyone in the neighborhood from being well-rested and healthy during this pandemic – including many essential workers who live here. They have also lit fires and put buildings and people in danger.” Please call 311, 911 or the FDNY Fireworks Enforcement Unit at 718-722-3600 to report fireworks in your neighborhood.

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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
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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.

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