Office Of Sustainability Newsletter March 2017

March 23, 2017
Office Of  Sustainability Newsletter March 2017 May 22 2017, DOE Sustainability Showcase and more Information. Download: Office Of Sustainability Newsletter March 2017    

CB9 Scoping Comments

March 20, 2017
CB9 Scoping Comments | March 17 2017 Download: CB9 Scoping Comments

SYEP Applications Extended Through March 31

March 17, 2017
  NYC Youth Employment   The Summer Youth Employment Program is now accepting applications until Friday, March 31, 2017. If you are a NYC youth between the ages of 14–24 who is looking for valuable work experience and earning money this summer, please complete the SYEP application and take the first step to landing your dream summer job.   Apply now at

Winter Weather Information

March 13, 2017
SUMMARY - A major winter storm will impact New York City tonight Through Tuesday. Download PDF: Weather-Consult   WHAT: A major winter storm with blizzard conditions. Snowfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour is possible between 5:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Some whiteout conditions are possible during this timeframe. The storm track is trending farther north and west, which may result in warmer temperatures and for some areas to see less snow and other areas to see the addition of sleet. 12-17 inches of snow across much of NYC is expected, with the higher totals seen in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Northern Queens. The worst case scenario would see NYC getting 21-24 inches of snow. Windy conditions, with sustained winds of 30-35 MPH and 50-55 MPH gusts are expected. Coastal flooding, minor to locally moderate impacts are possible.   WHEN: Snow is expected to begin after midnight tonight. Coastal flooding during high tide cycles Tuesday morning into the afternoon. Heaviest bands of snow expected between 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Snow begins to taper between 3 PM and 5 PM, however; some snow showers are possible through Wednesday. Windy conditions are expected tomorrow morning through late afternoon.   SNOW ACCUMULATION POTENTIAL: Expect at least: 1-7 inches (10% chance) Most likely: 13-17 inches (80% chance) Potential for: 21-24 inches (10% chance) Visit for more information   TEMPERATURES (High/Low) Tonight: Low temperature around 30 degrees. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Tuesday: 32/21. Wind chill values between 10 and 25. Wednesday: 32/20. Wind chill values between 10 and 15.   PRODUCTS: · A Blizzard Warning in effect from March 14, 12:00 AM until March 15, 12:00 AM. · Coastal Flood Advisory ...Read More

Youth Conference March, 23rd, 2017, 4-7 PM at Medgar Evers College

March 8, 2017
Youth and Education Forum (Youth Conference) Date: March 23rd 2017 Time:  4-7 PM Teens & Youth encouraged to attend (Age 14-24). Learn about: Summer jobs, internships, apprentice Opportunities & more. Location: Medgar Evers College- 1638 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn Ny 11225   Download: Youth Confrence Flyer

FY 2018 Budget

February 1, 2017
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DOHMH Commissioner’s Regulation – 24RCNY New Chapter 5 – Pet Shops

February 1, 2017
The attached proposal was approved for publication by Commissioner Bassett for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Published in the City Record on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.   New Chapter 5_NOI_Pet Shops_1-31-17   Also posted on the Department’s website: and on NYC Rules site:

Keeping New Yorkers informed with Voting.NYC

February 1, 2017
This year, New Yorkers will vote and decide the course of New York City’s future. We have been able to inform and register thousands of New Yorkers to vote. We appreciate the continued support and hard work. As we approach the Municipal Election we want to ensure the New Yorkers have all the information they need to vote. Click Here access to all information in regards to voting.


December 8, 2016
Check out an in depth look on potential restructuring of community hospitals. The Brooklyn Study: Reshaping the Future of Healthcare, Restructuring and investing in healthcare delivery in the communities brooklyn-healthcare-transformation-study_0

Community Risk Ranking 2106

December 8, 2016
Community Risk Ranking 2106 2016-ccc-community-risk-ranking The report shines a light on the stark disparities experienced by children across the city – the highest-risk communities cluster in upper Manhattan, the south Bronx and central Brooklyn, while children growing up in neighborhoods just a few blocks or a brief subway ride away experience significantly lower risks. Just one example of these inequities is in Brownsville, Brooklyn where infants are three times more likely to die before their first birthday than infants in Borough Park.

Tree Giveaway @ Flatbush Library

October 3, 2016
Thanks to our partnership with the New York Restoration Project, we're giving away free trees at Flatbush Library on Saturday, October 8, at 12 pm. There are a limited number of trees, so register now to guarantee your tree. RESERVE YOUR FREE TREE >> We've got so much going on at Flatbush Library on Saturday! Join us for a fall Open House and enjoy steel pan music, Saturday Storytime from 2-3 pm and fun activities for the whole family. We're celebrating rain or shine! To qualify for a free tree, you must agree to plant your tree in one of the five boroughs, in the ground of your yard (not along streets or in containers) and keep trees properly watered and maintained. Saturday, October 8 from 12 pm to 2 pm Flatbush Library 22 Linden Boulevard Register now! P.S. If you're interested in volunteering at the event, we need help! Please contact Mike Fieni at

Why Don’t Housing Voucher Recipients Live Near Better Schools? Insights from Big Data

August 17, 2016
This paper by Ingrid Gould Ellen, Keren Mertens Horn, and Amy Ellen Schwartz, published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, uses administrative data to explore why voucher households do not live near to better schools, as measured by school-level proficiency rates. It seeks to shed light on whether voucher households are more likely to move toward better schools when schools are most relevant, and how market conditions shape that response. The authors find that families with vouchers are more likely to move toward a better school in the year before their oldest child meets the eligibility cutoff for kindergarten. Further, the magnitude of the effect is larger in metropolitan areas with a relatively high share of affordable rental units located near high-performing schools and in neighborhoods in close proximity to higher-performing schools. Results suggest that, if given the appropriate information and opportunities, more voucher families would move to better schools when their children reach school age. Click here to view the full report.

Selling the Debt: Properties Affected by the Sale of New York City Tax Liens

August 17, 2016
This data brief sheds light on the process of tax lien sales in New York City, which affected over 15,000 properties and roughly 43,600 residential units between 2010 and 2015. It finds that most tax liens in New York City eligible for sale are sold and generate substantial revenue for the city; between 1997 and 2015, the city raised more than $1.3 billion from the sale of tax liens. However, the city also has the power to remove liens eligible for sale from the lien sale list. The report also describes the characteristics of properties with liens sold in New York City between 2010 and 2015, including the property type, their location, and the outcome following the lien sale. Click here to view the full report.

Examining the Home-Buying Potential for Households at Various Income Levels in New York City and Surrounding Counties

August 17, 2016
A report released last week by the NYU Furman Center and Citi, titled, NYU Furman Center / Citi Report on Homeownership & Opportunity in New York City, analyzes recent home sales data and examines the potential purchasing power of households at various income levels in New York City, as well as the nearby counties of Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester. The study finds that becoming a homeowner in New York City’s real estate market is a considerable challenge for the vast majority of New York City households. While roughly half of the city’s households (51%) earn $55,000 or less annually, they could afford just 9% of 2014 home sales. Even households earning up to $114,000 annually could only afford 42% of home sales in New York City. Homeownership prospects do not necessarily improve by moving out of the city to the surrounding New York suburbs. Click here to view the full report.

DSNY Announces Next Round of SAFE Disposal Events

August 5, 2016
More than 14,000 Residents Brought more than 1.3 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Harmful Household Waste and Unwanted Medications to First Round of Events More than 14,000 residents brought potentially harmful household materials to the five citywide SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal events held earlier this year. In partnership with NYC Parks & Recreation, Columbia University, NYPD, Veolia and ERI, the New York City Department of Sanitation collected more than 1.3 million pounds of electronics, harmful household materials and unwanted medications. “Every year, more and more residents attend our SAFE Disposal Events,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “These events provide a safe and convenient option for New Yorkers to dispose of their old computers and TVs, as well as other harmful household products, like household chemicals, paints and medications.”   The next five SAFE Disposal events will be: ·       Bronx Saturday, August 13 Fordham University Parking Lot on Southern Blvd Cars approach from Bedford Park Blvd   ·       Brooklyn Saturday, August 27 Floyd Bennett Field Flatbush Ave/Marine Pkwy Cars enter along Flatbush Ave and make a left into the main entrance, immediately before the toll bridge   ·       Queens Saturday, September 17 Astoria Park Parking Lot - Hoyt Ave and 19th Street Cars enter from Ditmars Blvd onto 21st Street   ·       Manhattan Sunday, September 25 Union Square North Plaza South of 17th St between Park Ave & Broadway Cars enter at Park Ave & 18th St   ·       Staten Island Saturday, October 22 Midland Beach Parking Lot - Father Capodanno Blvd and Hunter Ave Cars approach from Slater Blvd   Residents unable to attend these events should visit or contact 311 for year-round options to handle items ...Read More

DCAS Exam Sschedule – July 2016

July 9, 2016
DCAS EXAM SCHEDULE – JULY 2016 The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is accepting applications for the following civil service exams. So don't delay, apply today! Monthly Exam Schedule: See the Monthly Applications Schedule for additional information regarding the exams that are available this month.  Apply for exams online: Go to the DCAS Online Application System (OASys) at and follow the onscreen application instructions for electronically submitting your application and payment, and completing any required forms. If you do not have access to a computer, visit one of our Computer-based Testing & Applications Centers (CTACs) to use our computers to submit your application (see below). Apply and schedule yourself for computer-based exams online: Go to the DCAS Online Application System (OASys) at to apply and schedule yourself to take a computer-based exam offered at the CTACs. If you do not own or have access to a computer, visit one of our CTACs to use our computers to submit your application. CTAC Locations:  2 Lafayette St., 17th Floor, Manhattan, NY and 210 Joralemon St., 4th Floor, Brooklyn. Hours:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, unless otherwise noted. Travel directions to CTACs

Prospect Park Improvements

July 9, 2016
Dear Friend, For the millions of Brooklyn residents who consider Prospect Park their backyard, exciting changes are on the horizon. Thanks to the support of our elected officials, the Prospect Park Alliance is delighted that the recently approved City budget includes significant capital investments in the Park: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn delegation of the City Council have pledged $2.5 million to restore Lefferts Historic House. As part of the Alliance’s focus on improving the northeast corner of the Park, Mayor de Blasio has set aside $2 million for pathway improvements. Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Mathieu Eugene dedicated $1,750,000 to restore the Ocean Avenue perimeter. Council Member Brad Lander contributed $750,000 for the ongoing restoration of the Long Meadow Ballfields. Council Member Laurie Cumbo funded $500,000 to restore the historic Carousel. Council Member Stephen Levin contributed $100,000 for a pilot program to improve the Park Drive’s running lane with a stretch of softer surface material that also improves drainage. Through the participatory budgeting process, Council Members Eugene and Lander teamed up to fund a new aquatic weed harvester, and joined Borough President Eric Adams to fund a new dog run at the Parade Ground. Lander also funded five new freeze-resistant, year-round drinking fountains and Eugene funded new community barbecue sites. This funding comes after the recent announcement that Prospect Park was awarded funding through NYC Parks’ Parks Without Borders initiative, which will improve and open new entrances to the Park along Flatbush Avenue. Prospect Park Alliance staff will begin to design and plan this wide variety of projects in 2016, and will be busier than ever improving many areas of the Park over the coming years. ...Read More

The New-York Historical Society – Musem & Library

July 9, 2016
The New-York Historical Society is proud to offer free visits and programs to community based organizations working with underserved NYC teens. These opportunities are possible thanks to the generous support of The Keith Haring Foundation. Through the Keith Haring Fund for Youth Audiences, community based organizations that provide services to disadvantaged New York City teens can access free, guided 90-minute museum learning experiences. All current museum offerings for middle and high school students are available.   For details on how to book your free program, please contact us at 212-485-9293 and mention the Keith Haring Fund for Youth Audiences.

Brighton Line Track Construction

May 19, 2016
Please be aware that the MTA NYC Transit Track Construction Division has scheduled the renewal of mainline track along the Brighton B Q line between the Prospect Park and Parkside Avenue stations commencing on Friday, May 27th, 2016 and ending on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.  We are scheduled to work 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday for preparatory work, which consists of the staging of street cranes, track panels and related materials at the crane locations listed below.  Track replacement will commence at 8:00 p.m. Friday and work continuously until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning (Monday is a holiday). Street cranes will be placed adjacent to the structure for the purpose of hoisting and lowering of track panels and materials; we will have a maximum of (2) crane sites per day and the locations will be determined by the section of track being replaced. Flagging and traffic devices will be used for the safety of the general public. Parking will be restricted at each street crane location for 150' along each curb lane to allow the placement of a street crane and materials. Crane Locations: 1.   Beekman Place between Flatbush Ave & Dead End (Road Closed, 06:00 hrs. Friday-05:00 hrs. Tuesday) 2.   Chester Court between Flatbush Ave & Dead End     (Road Closed, 06:00 hrs. Friday-05:00 hrs. Tuesday) 3.   Westbury Ct between Flatbush Ave & Dead End     (Road Closed, 06:00 hrs. Friday-05:00 hrs. Tuesday)

Affordable Housing Lottery Open Now

May 19, 2016
461 DEAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOTTERY OPEN NOW Brooklyn’s newest residential building, 461 Dean Street is now accepting applications for below-market rate studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms interspersed throughout the luxury rental building. Scheduled to open this fall, 461 Dean Street sits on the corner of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue in Pacific Park, Brooklyn. Pacific Park is Brooklyn’s newest neighborhood, bounded by Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, to the east of Barclays Center. The housing lottery for 461 Dean’s below-market units is now open to mixed-income applicants earning between $20,675 – $144,960. The window to enter the housing lottery for 461 Dean is open until June 27, 2016. Submit Your Application online or via mail Step 1 Learn more about the building, qualification requirements and application process at AFFORDABLE.461DEAN.COM or by calling 718-246-8080 x224. Step 2 Gather the required documents and submit your application to NYC House Connect Step 3 We will begin contacting selected applicants in Summer 2016. You will be contacted only if your application is selected in the random lottery process and your application meets the requirements.

New Research on Affordable Housing and Historic Districts

May 16, 2016
  Affordable housing dominates New York City's public policy discourse. And for years, it's been used as a tool to attack historic preservation efforts. Until now. The Historic Districts Council engaged an independent housing and planning consultant to analyze the data and get the facts. Funded by the New York Community Trust, the result is the first-ever quantitative and peer-reviewed study of the interplay between affordable housing and historic district designation in our city. Here's what we discovered: Historic districts mean stable housing. Rent burden increases at a slower rate in historic districts than in the rest of the city, and tenants are almost always likelier to retain their rent subsidies. Historic districts don't make the rent too damn high. Incomes tend to rise with rents in historic districts, and subsidized housing is built even after historic districts are designated. Read more and spread the word: Executive Summary Full Report

Youth Matter is a Program for Teens

May 14, 2016
Youth Matter is a program supporting SEEK and College Discovery students at The City University of New York who are currently in or previously were in Foster Care, are orphans, or wards of the court.  Youth Matter was established to help facilitate the retention and graduation rate of foster youth in college. Youth Matter’s Mission: To enhance the lives of all children, with a focus on preventive programs for at-risk youth. To build self-esteem and values in the lives of the youth – tomorrow’s leaders. To educate youth about living a more healthy lifestyle through nutrition education and physical activities, promoting education and mentoring, creating much-needed after-school programs. To provide resources for youth and families through partnerships and community development initiatives. To remind all that "Youth Matter." What makes Youth Matter Inc. different? Youth Matter Inc. is not just another non-profit organization, but an organization with a message and a mission. Youth Matter, Inc., also doing business as Youth Matter America, is a group of adults and youth dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of youth of all ages, regardless of race or creed, taking on the challenge to find solutions for problems that face them and their families, and not fearful of being the first to do something that needs to be done. Our focus is on at-risk youth and families. There are many concerns facing today's youth. In every community there are hundreds of girls and boys left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children spend many hours at home with no adult care or supervision, or no one to help them with homework. Dependent youth sometimes ...Read More

There Goes the Neighborhood

April 14, 2016
An in-depth look at the gentrification of Brooklyn, from the developers to the mayor’s plan for affordable housing, to the integral role that race plays in the process. Produced by The Nation and WNYC Studios.

Information about Tax Lien Sale

March 2, 2016
ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS!!   If you have real estate taxes, water bills and other charges against your property that have not been paid, your property may be on the 2016 90-Day Lien Sale List that was recently published by the New York City Department of Finance for the Lien Sale that will take place on May 12, 2016.  Visit the NYC Department of Finance website at for additional information about the Lien Sale and to see if you qualify for certain personal exemptions that may exclude your residential property from the lien sale.   Community District 9 residents can download a copy of the 90-Day Lien Sale List by clicking here.   Lien Sale outreach events will be held at the NYC Department of Finance - Brooklyn Business Center located at 210 Joralemon Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11201 on March 15th and March 29th, 2016 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.  

Amended Notice of Joint Public Hearing and Educational Impact Statement

February 19, 2016
The Proposed Re-siting and Co-Location of Medgar Evers College Preparatory School (17K590) to Building K455 with Boys and Girls High School (16K455), Research and Service High School (16K669), and Nelson Mandela High School (16K765) Beginning in the 2016-2017 School Year   The purpose of these hearings is to provide the public with an opportunity to present comments.   K455 Joint Public Hearing: When: March 9, 2016 Time: 6:00 PM Where: Building K455, 1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213   K590 Joint Public Hearing: When: March 16, 2016 Time: 6:00 PM Where: Building K590, 1186 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225   Sign up for public comment will begin at 5:30 PM and close 15 minutes following the start of the hearing.   An amended Educational Impact Statement ("EIS") describing the proposal is available in the main offices of the schools listed above, and at   The PEP will consider and vote on this amended proposal on March 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Murry Bergtraum High School, located at 411 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10038.   Written comments can be sent to: Oral comments can be called in to: 212-374-0208   Attendees with disabilities or with concerns about access to the hearing site should call: 212-374-0208   This document can be downloaded in full from here:

Note from CB9 Land Use Chairman – Michael Liburd

February 12, 2016
FYI on a just filed development on Clarkson between Bedford and Flatbush.  It's the latest example of what Richard Bearak described during Tuesday's committee meeting:  developers taking advantage of what the current zoning allows them to do.  This lot has had small buildings for decades.  However, it's zoned R7-1 which allows Brookland Capital to build as described in the article for the currently ripe market. Please share this information with your neighbors as we continue to plan the most effective ways to address/stop this kind of development.  Thanks for participating on Tuesday and stay warm.

Note from CB9 Land Use Chairman – Michael Liburd

February 4, 2016
See the attached article on the City Planning Commission’s approval of the ZQA/MIH proposals. It’s the City Council’s turn next. Their vote makes it law. From this article, sounds like City Planning is putting the burden on the City Council to make the final decision on modifications to the plan, whether they pass it or not.   Community Board 9 voted “no” on both proposals. The City Council’s public hearings start next week on Tuesday, February 9th and Wednesday, February 10th at 9:30 am – Council Chambers – City Hall . It will be one of the few remaining chances for the public to formally voice their point of view directly to the decision makers. I hope you make the time to attend.

Release of the Worst Landlords Watchlist

November 24, 2015
Friends, Every tenant deserves to live in safety and security and every apartment needs to meet basic standards of decency. That's why, today, my office released our annual Worst Landlords Watchlist. This Watchlist identifies the landlords in our City who are neglecting and harassing tenants, and puts them on notice. We will not tolerate this type of behavior in New York City. This list also provides tenants with the resources, tools, and support they need to stand up to bad landlords and protect their rights. This year's list is stronger than ever, with data from Housing Preservation and Development, Department of Buildings, and Housing Courts in the City to provide even stronger support to tenants. We look at this worst landlords list as an equalizer. Landlords have their own list of tenants they do not want in their buildings, so we are keeping track of the worst of them. The list is not a cure-all, but we have seen improvements in buildings from previous year's and we will continue to hold these landlords accountable until all New Yorkers have a safe and decent home.

The High School Apprenticeship Program – Museum of Jewish Heritage

October 13, 2015
New York City public and charter high school students can apply now for a PAID in-depth spring-summer 2016 internship where they learn about history, different cultures, and making a difference in the world. The High School Apprenticeship Program offers New York City public and charter high school students a challenging program of work and study as they learn about Jewish heritage, the Holocause, and what goes on "behind-the-scenes" at a museum. TRAINING: (February through June) Apprentice participants in after-school seminars twice a month. Apprentices are then prepared for a summer of employment at the Museum. SUMMER EMPLOYMENT: (End of June through mid-August) Apprentices have full-time, paid positions at the Museum. Through a close mentoring relationship with staff, Apprentices explore all aspects of the Museum as well as hear survivor testimony, go on field trips, and lead tours for summer youth groups. Students from all backrounds from New York City public and charter high schools are encouraged to apply. Download an application from Please note that a complete application includes: the application form, essays, a high school transcript, and a teacher recommendation. Questions? Call 646-437-4303

Learn About New York State Judicial Candidates

October 13, 2015
Judges make decisions that affect your everyday lives, to uphold the constitution and protect your rights Your vote helps determine who should serve as a trial court judge in New York State Your vote helps ensure that the justice system functions properly. It's your civic responsibility Go to, a non-partisan website, to learn about the judicial candidates in your district.

BBG Garden Apprentice Program

October 9, 2015
Brooklyn Botanic Garden's garden-based, hands-on apprenticeship for students in grades 8-11 Work with other teens and build valuable job skills as you learn about urban agriculture and the environment in one of the world's most renowned public gardens! Acceptance into each tier of GAP is through a competitive application process and requires a nine-month commitment, March through November. Rising apprentices earn increasing levels of compensation. Tiers Tier 1 Grades 8-9 - Assist instructors in Children's Garden Programs Tier 2 Grade 10 - Work alongside educators and horticluturists Tier 3 - Grade 11 - Create education stations for Garden visitors Tier 4 - Work as paid staff in the Children's Garden after successful completion of Tier 3 Information Session: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 3:30 pm - registration required. To register contact BBG at: or 718-623-7252. Applications for 2016 are available online at, due December 2, 2015

KCC – My Turn Program

July 28, 2015
The "My Turn Program" at Kingsborough Community College is an educational opportunity for individuals 60 years or older to attend college tuition free. NYS residents 60 years or older are qualified to attend classes as matriculating or non-matriculating students. More than 400 courses are available including art, music, history, computers, health education, literature and other subjects.  My Turn students attend classes with traditional students. Facilities available to students include the library, gym, pool, tennis court and private beach. For further information or an application call: (718) 368-5079 or visit:

2015 Summer Youth Academy

May 19, 2015
Applications are to be submitted by Friday May 29th, 2015. New York City residents, attending school, between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to attend. The Youth Police Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch and uniform shirts. The Youth Police Academy is a six (6) week program that will hold sessions five (5) days a week. The Academy will open at 8:30 am in the morning and dismissal will be 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Field trips to a Police Department facility or a City park are also part of the curriculum. Transportation to and from the field trips will be provided. Each site is accessible by public transportation. The goals of the academy are: To enhance responsible citizenship. To provide positive interaction with police officers and to educate young people about the challenges and responsibility of police work. To encourage young people to take part in other youth programs offered by the Police Department such as: the Law Enforcement Explorers, Police Cadet Corps and the Police Athletic League. The program is an unique experience for city youth to steer away from negative roads, especially in the hot summers months when school is out, and on to positively proactive and constructively paths. Download the 2015 Youth Police Academy (YPA) application For more information Click here Watch this Short Video regarding the Academy There are other programs available such as Explorer.

After 38 Years of Service, Col. Jacob Goldstein Retires

May 9, 2015
After 38 years of dedicated service in the U.S. Army, Chaplain Colonel Jacob Z. Goldstein has retired. In a ceremony in the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall at Fort Myer, Virginia, 35 army personal retired, with Col. Goldstein leading the group with his 38 years of service. Attending the event were members of Goldstein’s family, along with a number of area Shluchim. During the event Col. Goldstein spoke and gave thanks to his family for putting up with his 38 years of service. “At least I won’t be cutting anymore family vacations short because I was called up,” he said. Col. Goldstein attributed his success in the army to the Lubavitcher Rebbe - who gave his blessing when asked if he should join the army as a chaplain, saying “Nachon Hadavar” [it is correct] – and to his family, for putting up with his often times chaotic schedule. Later, at a second event in the Chaplain Hall, his son Dr. Asher Goldstein presented him with an enlarged photograph of the chaplain receiving a dollar from the Rebbe after returning from the Gulf War. During the ceremonies, Col. Goldstein was presented with a number of certificates and awards from President Barak Obama, the Chief of Chaplains and the Office of the Army. Source:

Summer Youth Employment

April 7, 2015
The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 24, 2015, to submit applications for Summer Youth Employment. Submit applications online at:  

626 Flatbush Apartments

April 6, 2015
626 FLATBUSH APTS is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 51 affordable housing rental apartments now under construction in Brooklyn.  This building is being constructed throug Seep Rent Skewed and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs and Financing provided by New York State Housing Finance Agency's (HFA.)  The size, rent and income requirements of the 51 units can be found in the link below. Applicants will be required to meet income and additional criteria.  Information on this matter can be found in various periodicals over the next few weeks such as El Diario, the Amsterdam News, AMNY , and the Brooklyn Courier and Brooklyn Paper.   626 Flatbush Apartments

Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal

March 25, 2015
As part of Housing New York, the Mayor’s ten-year, five-borough plan for housing affordability, the Department of City Planning is proposing the Zoning for Quality and Affordability initiative. This set of amendments to the Zoning Resolution is intended to: Remove barriers that constrain housing production and raise costs, Encourage better quality buildings that contribute to the fabric of neighborhoods, Promote senior housing to address the affordable housing needs of an aging population, and Reduce unnecessary parking requirements for affordable housing The latest information about the Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal, including illustrated presentation materials, are available on DCP’s website, at

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME!

February 5, 2015
To request $10 Neighborhood Vouchers, please email with following information: Name Title Organization Address Emergency Contact (phone number) Vouchers requested (max. 100) Event Information: Group Pricing & Special Offer Codes: Good Only: Tuesday, February 24th 2015 @ 7pm Deadline to Redeem at Box Office: Monday, February 23rd 2015 @ 5pm Each Neighborhood Voucher can be used towards purchase of up to six (6) tickets at $10 each. No more than six (6) Vouchers may be redeemed per box office visit. Voucher can only be redeemed in person at the Box Office at Barclays Center during regular business hours.

Mayor de Blasio Announces the Next Phase of NYC’s Young Men’s Initiative, Opening New Doors for Young Men of Color

January 31, 2015
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the next phase of New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), including significant new commitments by the City to confront inequality and create opportunity for young men of color. First launched by Mayor Bloomberg in 2011, YMI’s programming will align with President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, launching four new programs aimed at increasing literacy in young children, improving graduation rates and workforce readiness, as well as protecting youth from violent crime.   To spearhead the next phase of YMI, Mayor de Blasio named Cyrus Garrett, a veteran of Everytown for Gun Safety and Organizing for America, as its new executive director. The announcement was made at the new Jobs-Plus Center at the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville, which opened this month and is funded by the Young Men’s Initiative and administered by the NYC Human Resources Administration in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority, Center for Economic Opportunity, and Department of Consumer Affairs. The center expects to serve 1,600 local residents with job placements, training, financial counseling, and a range of supportive services.   YMI works to connect black and Latino young people to opportunities and support that can lead them to success. Black and Hispanic young men have 1.6 times the high school dropout rate of their white peers, and they are 1.3 times more likely to be unemployed and 6 times more likely to have a felony conviction. YMI seeks to address these disparities. The initial phase of YMI focused on the launch of new programs targeting young men of color. This next phase will focus on overhauling City agencies’ approach to interacting with and serving these populations. ...Read More

Property Value Workshop

January 21, 2015
The Department of Finance has scheduled evening and day session Notice of Property Value workshops in each of the five boroughs. This is an opportunity for property owners to meet with representatives from the Department of Finance and the NYC Tax Commission to: - Ask questions about your property’s Market and Assessed Values. - Learn how to dispute your property’s Assessed Value. - Learn how to get your property description changed (for example, the number of units in your building or square footage). - Learn about tax benefits and how to apply for them.   Please visit our website for a complete listing of dates, locations and times from our calendar:   Reminder: The deadline for the Homeowner Tax Benefits Application is fast approaching. The application must be postmarked no later than March 16, 2015 in order for eligible homeowners to receive benefits beginning July 1, 2015.   The External Affairs Outreach Unit’s phone number has changed. Our new number is 212-602-7004.

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day!

January 8, 2015
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are missing out on anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 in tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Care Tax Credit. About 25% of eligible working families fail to claim their money – money families need to help pay for daily necessities – because many people don’t know about these programs. Our fellow New Yorkers need information on how to get these credits and how to get free tax preparation and financial counseling to make the most of their refund – and YOU can help make it happen. Please forward this message widely  to your community and share online here!   ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS IS HOSTING THE FIRST EVER PHONE-A-THON TO LET OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS KNOW ABOUT REFUNDABLE TAX CREDITS. YOUR TWO HOURS WILL HELP A FAMILY MAKE ENDS MEET.   DATE: Saturday, January 31, 2015 TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE:           11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.   PLACES:  A location in every borough! Click here for locations. Register now to volunteer!   OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP Spread the word about January 31 on Twitter or Facebook and use #GotMyRefund! Follow the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) on Twitter (@NYCDCA), Like us on Facebook, and share important information, ask questions, or let us know how DCA is working for you. Be sure to tag us @NYCDCA.

Department of Homeless Services (DHS) annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE)

January 8, 2015
On Monday, January 26, 2015 the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) Count. This is a unique opportunity for you and members of your community to volunteer and participate in an extraordinary citywide effort. To assist us with this effort, DHS needs approximately 3,000 volunteers to help survey the number of homeless individuals living on city streets, parks and in other public spaces throughout New York City. The participation of our fellow New Yorkers is critical. We encourage those who have volunteered before to sign up again, and for first-time volunteers to join us in our efforts to accurately count the number of street homeless individuals. If you, your staff, or members of your community are interested in volunteering as surveyors, please visit to register. Volunteers assist from approximately 10:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Currently, 1 in 2,662 New Yorkers are street homeless, in a City with a population of more than 8 million. New York City’s street outreach operation has moved more than 4,000 chronically homeless individuals from the streets into housing since the program’s inception in 2007. With 24/7 outreach teams mobilized in all five boroughs, specialized housing set aside for the street homeless and targeted funding to ensure that adequate resources reach the individuals most in need, New York City is the national leader in making investments to bring individuals living on the street into shelter.

Community Board 9 Brooklyn Launches SHOP LOCAL to Support Local Merchants

December 30, 2014
SHOP LOCAL CB9 is sponsored by PLS Financial, in conjunction with the Parkside Empire Flatbush Avenue Merchants Association, the Nostrand Avenue Merchants Association and Community Board 9’s Economic Development Committee will launch it’s 2 ½ month program to promote it’s small businesses for the 2014 holiday season. A press conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 29, 2014, 11:00 AM in front of Community Board 9’s office, 890 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (between Carroll and President Streets) to kick off this program. Approximately 150 small businesses in Community District 9 are participating in the three major event days: Saturday, November 29th: “Get to know your local Merchants”; Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th: “Shop Local for the Holidays”. Shop Local will encourage residents to support their local merchants, by creating visibility and foot traffic through decorations, seasonal giveaways, free beverages, food and seasonal activities on event days. The individual merchants will be offering promotions to the shoppers as well as a limited supply of reusable shopping bags. The program will be supported through print, media, the merchant associations, the merchants and Community Board 9. Pia Raymond, Vice Chair of CB9’s Economic Development Committee notes: “We have merchants who have been committed to the vitality of our local economy for decades and newly established small businesses that are catalyzing its growth. Shop Local CB9 is igniting the energy of our business owners and residents to Shop Local, Shop Small and support our business community this holiday season.” Thank you to PLS Financial as “Event Sponsor” through its 5 consumer financial service offices in our district for providing the funds and playing a leadership role in supporting our community. We invite ...Read More

Kindergarten Admission

December 28, 2014
The kindergarten admission process is about to begin. For children born in 2010, the application period opens on January 7 and closes on February 13. Placement offers will be distributed in early April and pre-registration at schools starts in April. Like last year, families can apply online by visiting, over-the-phone by calling (718)935-2400 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or in person at one of the Family Welcome Centers This year the kindergarten application is translated into nine languages on-line, and the Family Welcome Centers will have translated paper copies of the applications as well. Kindergarten Admissions Information Session will be held next month in each borough: Borough Location  Date Event Time Bronx Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus 500 East Fordham Road 1/8/2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Staten Island The Michael J. Petrides School, Building C 715 Ocean Terrace 1/8/2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Manhattan The High School of Fashion Industries 225 West 24th Street 1/12/2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Brooklyn Prospect Heights Educational Campus 883 Classon Avenue 1/13/2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Queens Forest Hills High School 67-01 110th Street 1/13/2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM For more information, visit the Kindergarten Admissions website. If families have any questions or concerns with filling the application, they should contact

Heavy Traffic delays 6PM to Midnight around the areas of Eastern Parkway to Empire Boulevard from Bedford Avenue to Nostrand Avenue

December 1, 2014
There will be a very large fund raiser being held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Bedford Avenue Armory. Due to terrorism concerns several blocks will have no parking allowed from 7:00 am to midnight. There will be a large influx of Officers in the area and some anti terrorism check points. The following blocks will have no parking: Rogers Avenue from Eastern Parkway to Empire Boulevard Union Street from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue President Street from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue Bedford Avenue from Eastern Parkway to Carroll Street If you live on one of the following blocks that will be closed to traffic proper ID will be necessary to access your block with a vehicle. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed at all times. Eastern Parkway from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue Union Street from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue President Street from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue Carroll Street from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue Crown Street from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue Montgomery Street from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue Sullivan Place from Bedford Avenue to Rogers Avenue Any questions or special needs requests within reason can be directed to the 71 Precinct Community Affairs at one of the following emails:


November 27, 2014
Operation S.L.A.T.E., Shooting Locations and Traffic Enforcement, will begin, Friday, November 28, 2014 and conclude on, Sunday, November 30, 2014. Operation S.L.A.T.E. involves targeted traffic-related enforcement in specific areas where more than one shooting and more than one injury collision or traffic fatality has occurred in close proximity in the current year between 1/01/2014 to 11/23/2014 High visibility traffic enforcement will be conducted in the confines of the 71 PRECINCT. Focused traffic initiatives targeting the most hazardous infractions will be conducted included but not limited to: Vehicle Safety & D.W.I. Checkpoints Speeding enforcement Motorcycle enforcement Unlicensed vehicles for hire enforcement Enforcement in the vicinity of problematic licensed premises, if shootings have occurred in close proximity. The goal of this type of initiative is to deter crime and also reduce traffic injuries. Omni-presence with a zero tolerance policy toward violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws in the zones where multiple shootings and collisions have occurred.

Register for the 2014 NYUL HBCU Fair!

November 12, 2014
Register Today for the 2014 NYUL HBCU Fair! - at Riverbank State Park in NYC on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 11am-3pm The New York Urban League, in partnership with the NYUL Young Professionals, Riverbank State Park and the Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair invite you and your students to attend the 28th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair (HBCU) on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The fair will be held at Riverbank State Park at 679 Riverside Drive at 145th Street, from 11:00am-3:30pm. This year’s fair will offer students access to over 40 HBCU admissions representatives, alumni, and staff , along with college and scholarship resources from organizations like College Board , NYC College Line, United Negro College Fund and other notable organizations. We would also like you to join us for our Midday show and HBCU Experience Panel to get firsthand look at being an HBCU student. For qualified seniors, a number of schools will offer on-site admissions, fee waivers, and scholarships. At the 2013 fair, 214 students were admitted on-site, 538 fees were waived and $178, 948 were awarded in scholarships. These perks allow students the opportunity to gain early admissions to many highly competitive institutions for Fall 2015. Students should come prepared with copies of their transcripts and SAT/ACT scores to access these opportunities. All students are encouraged to pre-register for the best access to schools, workshops and all aspects of the fair.  Please visit to pre-register students, see our student checklist and to find out more information about the fair. Each student must register individually and interested parents and counselors are also invited to register online. For additional questions or concerns, please feel free to ...Read More

COLLEGE GOAL NY – FAFSA Completion Events for New York State Students

November 12, 2014
Registration Deadline: January 31, 2015 Events: January & February 2015 Contact: James F. Rodriguez - 866-509-5921 College Goal NY is a collaborative public service project of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). College Goal NY is comprised of numerous FAFSA completion events set in targeted areas throughout New York State which have a history of high financial need and submit a disproportionately small number of online FAFSA applications. New York City students and parents can register at 10 locations. Each event offers five (5) College Access Challenge Grants worth $ 500.00. See attached flyers. Click here for the flyer

Open Enrollment – Affordable Care Act

October 14, 2014
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has a multi-lingual Navigator team to address individual and business health insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for individuals is fast approaching and will be much shorter this time around: 11/15/2014 - 2/15/2015; the penalty for non-compliance in 2015 is also higher! All questions and triage can be directed to: 718-875-9300 or

ACS Annual Making Strides Walk – Sunday, October 19th – Prospect Park

September 19, 2014
The American Cancer Society's Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is taking place, Sunday, October 19th in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Even 2 people make a team!  You can either get your co-workers involved and/or family and friends! If you would like to sign up online, please follow this link, as it is a much smoother process where you can send out a mass email to all your friends, family members, employees and/or personal contacts and all they have to do is click on the link and donate and join the team.  There is also the benefit of linking your page to Facebook and increasing your donations through more exposure. View Link

Event Notification – City Council District 35

September 4, 2014
On Tuesday September 09 2014 a Feature Film for "MEADOWLAND" is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations: ECCS - 09/09/2014 06:00 AM - 09/09/2014 09:00 PM 260 EASTERN PARKWAY, Brooklyn (Interior Exterior) Description: 7:00am-4:00pm EXT: Dialogue scene between a teacher and student. Student enters Picture Car with Parent, Picture Car pulls away from curb, 2nd Picture car with teacher follows car down Union Street towards Franklin Avenue. 4:00-8:00pm INT: Dialogue scene between a teacher and students. VTU Request: No Request: TCD assistance for Exterior Scene 7:00am-4:00pm. Cars traveling with the flow of traffic and per TCD's discretion. PARKING REQUEST UNION STREET between CLASSON AVENUE and FRANKLIN AVENUE Street Side: North and South Street Control: Full Street

Event Notification – City Council District 40

September 4, 2014
On Monday September 08 2014 a Television for "Alpha House Season 2" is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations: INT KATHERINE.BIGG'S APT./EXT ALPHA HOUSE - 09/08/2014 08:00 AM - 09/08/2014 11:00 PM MIDWOOD STREET between FLATBUSH AVENUE and BEDFORD AVENUE, Brooklyn (Interior) Description: 8:00am-7:00pm INT. 52 MIDWOOD STREET: Interior dialogue scenes. 6:00pm-11:00pm EXT. 47 MIDWOOD STREET: Exterior dialogue scene. One character enters another's house. VTU Request: Yes Trucks: 2 Meeting Place: Trucks: Sunday, Sept. 7th @ 10:00pm to Midwood Street & Bedford Ave, Brooklyn. (Signs posted Tues 9.2) PARKING REQUESTS: MIDWOOD STREET between FLATBUSH AVENUE and BEDFORD AVENUE Street Side: North and South Street Control: Full Street BEDFORD AVENUE between MAPLE STREET and RUTLAND ROAD Street Side: East and West Street Control: Full Street MAPLE STREET between BEDFORD AVENUE and FLATBUSH AVENUE Street Side: South Street Control: 1/4 Street FLATBUSH AVENUE between MAPLE STREET and MIDWOOD STREET Street Side: East Street Control: 1/2 Street FLATBUSH AVENUE between MIDWOOD STREET and RUTLAND ROAD Street Side: East Street Control: Full Street FLATBUSH AVENUE between MAPLE STREET and BEEKMAN PLACE Street Side: West Street Control: 1 Truck Length

Event Notification – City Council District 35, 39

August 28, 2014
On Tuesday September 02 2014 a Television for "The Mysteries of Laura - Series" is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations: Int-Ext Serenity Gardens -  09/02/2014 06:00 AM - 09/02/2014 04:00 PM Brooklyn Botanic Garden : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn (Interior) Description: Various dialogue scenes within Brooklyn Botanical Gardens VTU Request: No Request: PARKING REQUEST WASHINGTON AVENUE between EASTERN PARKWAY and PRESIDENT STREET Street Side: East and West Street Control: Full Street CLASSON AVENUE between PRESIDENT STREET and EASTERN PARKWAY Street Side: East and West Street Control: Full Street

Event Notification – City Council District 33, 35

August 28, 2014
On Thursday August 28 2014 a Television for "The Affair - Season 1" is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations: INT. SCHOOL 260 EASTERN PARKWAY, Brooklyn (Interior) - 08/28/2014 12:00 PM - 08/28/2014 11:00 PM Description: Martin is annoyed that his dad is watching his basketball game. VTU Request: Yes Trucks: 1 Meeting Place: Truck: Thursday, August 28th @ 6:00am to Eastern Parkway & Classon Avenue, Brooklyn. (Signs posted 8.21) Request: PARKING REQUEST CLASSON AVENUE between EASTERN PARKWAY and UNION STREET Street Side: East Street Control: Full Street UNION STREET between CLASSON AVENUE and FRANKLIN AVENUE Street Side: North and South Street Control: Full Street

Event Notification – City Council District 33, 35

August 25, 2014
On Friday August 29 2014 a WEB for "High Maintenance" is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations: LUBAVITCH HOUSE - 08/29/2014 10:00 AM - 08/29/2014 01:00 PM 1506 PRESIDENT STREET, Brooklyn (Interior Exterior) Description: BEN gets a flat tire, is asked inside by a Hasidic man. BEN turns on their AC for them, since it's the Sabbath VTU Request: No PARKING REQUEST PRESIDENT STREET between TROY AVENUE and ALBANY AVENUE Street Side: South Street Control: 2 Truck Length

Event Notification – City Council District 32, 40

August 25, 2014
On Thursday August 28 2014 a Television for "Alpha House Season 2" is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations: Ext. Alpha House - 08/28/2014 02:00 PM - 08/28/2014 11:59 PM 47 MIDWOOD STREET between FLATBUSH AVENUE and BEDFORD AVENUE, Brooklyn (Exterior) Description: 3x characters approach house, notice it's been broken into. Picture police car w/flashing bubble lights arrive at scene and dialogue with 2x char in police uniform. 2 dialogue scenes in car parked outside location on street. Vehicle will pull up in front of house. 20x picture cars on street. VTU Request: Yes Trucks: 1 Meeting Place: Truck: Thursday, August 28th @ 6:00am to Bedford Ave. & Midwood St., Brooklyn. (Signs posted 8.21) Request: request to have actors in police uniform while filming. request to have police vehicles on set. request permission to pull vehicle in and out of curb lane, stopping and starting as necessary for picture. request permission to roll back to 1. Request for ITC with PSB and TIU assistance. PARKING REQUEST MIDWOOD STREET between FLATBUSH AVENUE and BEDFORD AVENUE Street Side: North and South Street Control: Full Street BEDFORD AVENUE between MAPLE STREET and RUTLAND ROAD Street Side: East and West Street Control: Full Street MAPLE STREET between BEDFORD AVENUE and FLATBUSH AVENUE Street Side: South Street Control: 1/4 Street

Event Notification – City Council District 39, 40, 7

August 25, 2014
On Wednesday August 27 2014 a Feature Film for "Anomalous" is scheduled to film scenes at the following locations: DESERTED BRIDGE-DESERTED WOODS - 08/27/2014 12:00 PM - 08/27/2014 08:00 PM Prospect Park : Nethermead East, Brooklyn (Exterior) Description: DAVID Attempts to jump off bridge but saves his life. David searches in the woods. VTU Request: No Request: Scaffolding built. Small lights. Small generator. PARKING REQUESTS FLATBUSH AVENUE between EMPIRE BOULEVARD and LEFFERTS AVENUE Street Side: East Street Control: 1/4 Street

MTA Service Changes

August 13, 2014
11:45PM to 5AM, Mon to Fri, Aug 18-22 New Lots Av-bound trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av. To Bergen St, Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Pkwy, take the New Lots Av-bound 4 to Franklin Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound 2 to 4. From there stations, take a Manhattan-bound 2 to 4 to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and transfer to a New Lots Av-bound 9:45AM to 3PM, Wed to Fri, Aug 20-22 Coney Island-bound trains run express from Prospect Park to Sheepshead Bay Trains stop at Church Av, Newkirk Plaza, and Kings Hwy. To Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd, take the Coney Island-bound Q to Church Av or Newkirk Plaza and transfer to a Manhanttan-bound B or Q. From these stations, take a Manhattan-bound B or Q to Church Av or Prospect Park and transfer to a Coney Island-bound.

Demolition of Building

August 7, 2014
Demolition of the house located at 149 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, between Bedford and Rogers Avenues, will begin in approximately 10 days - August 16, 2014 (approximately) Contact DemoWorks - 516-466-2789 The building is being demolished for a new 10 family/5 story building.  

Shuttle buses to replace Q service from Prospect Park to Stillwell Avenue: 3 weekends in 2014

August 6, 2014
This is to inform you that normal Q subway service will be replaced by shuttle buses from Prospect Park to Stillwell Avenue during three weekends during the remainder of 2014, in order to perform important track repair and maintenance along the Brighton line.  From 11:00 p.m. on Fridays through 5:00 a.m. on Mondays, shuttle buses will be in operation on the following weekends: September 12-15 October 24-27 November 7-10 As always, detailed information will be provided on MTA NYC Transit’s website at    Service posters will be at each affected subway station and Transit personnel will be at each affected station to assist customers during the weekends of alternate service. Please contact the Community Board at 718-778-9279 or email: if there are any questions or concerns not answered on the MTA's website.

Schools Out NYC Middle School Expansion Evaluation Services RFP

August 4, 2014
Pin #: 26015P0001 RFP Release Date: August 4, 2014 Deadline for Proposals: August 26, 2014 Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to conduct an evaluation of DYCD-funded Out-Of-School Time programs for middle school youth, hereafter referred to as Schools Out NYC (SONYC) programs. The evaluation would document the implementation and outcomes of SONYC programs, including programs under existing contracts that are subject to new requirements. The implementation component would include a profile of participant characteristics, program features such as staffing patterns and types of activities, and patterns of participation. It will also entail an in-depth study of 25-32 programs. The anticipated started date for these services will be October 1, 2014. Additional Documents Available: Please see below for the attachments that are required under this RFP. Please review the RFP and the attachments carefully in order to ensure that you submit the required attachments for any given competition. Attachment 1: Proposal Summary Form (MS Word) Attachment 3: Corporate Governance Certification (MS Word) Attachment 5: Iran Divestment Act Rider & Bidder’s Certification of Compliance (MS Word) Attachment 6: Acknowledgement of Addenda (MS Word) Attachment 7: Doing Business Data Form (in PDF) NOTE:   The fill-able forms represent only a portion of the Request for Proposals (RFP). To respond to the RFP, you must obtain the entire RFP and fill out the accompanying form with the requested information. Return to: Office of Contract Procurement Department of Youth and Community Development 156 William Street, 2nd Floor New York, New York 10038 Attention: Wendy Johnson, Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer Pre-Proposal Conference: Date: August 18, 2014 Time: 10:00am Location: Department of Youth ...Read More

HPD Property Registration

July 29, 2014
Registration for the September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015 period for residential properties has now opened.  All residential properties are required by law to register annually with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development if the property meets the following criteria: • Three or more residential units • One or two residential units and neither the owner nor any family member occupies a unit Annual registration is due by September 1st.  For general information on the current registration for a particular building, use HPD’s HPDONLINE application. Owners and property managers can use HPD’S PROPERTY REGISTRATION ONLINE SYSTEM to: Create new property registration forms, whether you are an owner registering for the first time, a new managing agent for an existing property owner or a managing agent registering for a new owner View information and forms created under your ownership/management Update information for submission to HPD More details on the property registration requirements and process can be found here: HPD Registration Assistance Unit Phone: (212) 863-7000 E-mail: 100 Gold Street, 6th floor, Section:E, New York, NY 10038 Monday through Friday, 9 am –1 pm and 2 pm-4 pm

Important Notice: Component Rehabilitation of Crown Street Bridge over the MTA/NYCT Franklin Avenue Shuttle

July 28, 2014
The New York City Department of Transportation will begin Component Rehabilitation of Crown Street Bridge Over the Franklin Avenue Shuttle on or around August 2, 2014 and will continue through October 30, 2014. The scope of work for this location will include sealing cracks in concrete overlay, replacing compression seals at armored joints and cleaning existing gutters on Crown Street. The work under the bridge includes repairing deteriorated concrete on abutments, piers, crash walls and painting.

Street Construction – National Grid

June 7, 2014
National Grid has planned capital construction work for Midwood Street between Flatbush and Bedford Avenues. The work is required to upgrade their gas system which will improve reliability of gas supply. Work is expected to begin the week of July 7th 2014, the approximate duration is 60 days.

Cablevision Excavation

June 1, 2014
2014-06-09 various locations Brooklyn, NY JEK Communications, Inc. has been retained by Cablevision of New York to perform excavation on the existing cable television system for the area of: Carroll Street between Bedford Avenue and Rogers Avenue. Hawthorne Street between Bedford Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Flatbush Avenue between Chester Court and Rutland Road Flatbush Avenue between Midwood Street and Rutland Road This work will begin on June 2, 2014. Work will be performed from 1-7 days and all work completed will be restored like new. Should you have any questions, please call: Christina Carfora  (914) 667-7373.

Weekend Train Service 2, 3, 4 Lines – Suspended

June 1, 2014
From Friday, May 30, 2014 - 11:30 pm to Monday, June 2, 2014 - 5:00 am 2 Train service will be suspended in both directions between Franklin Avenue and Flatbush Avenue - Brooklyn College due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Avenue. FREE shuttle buses provide alternative service, making all subway stops between Franklin Avenue and Flatbush Avenue - Brooklyn College. 3 Train service will be suspended due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Avenue. FREE shuttle buses operate at Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue. 4 Train service will be suspended in both directions between Atlantic Avenue - Barclays Center and New Lots Avenue due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Avenue. 2 Trains and FREE shuttle buses provide alternate service, transfer at Franklin Avenue.

20th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest

June 1, 2014
Brooklyn Botanic Garden 20th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest Deadline - June 1, 2014 The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest is free and open to all residential and business blocks in Brooklyn. Entrants must be a block association, merchant association, business-improvement district, civic or neighborhood organization. The top winners, to be announced in August, will receive prizes for their block. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's - Children's Garden, this year's Greenest Block contest will offer a special award for Best Children's Gardening Project. For assistance entering your block, please call (718)623-7250 or email Visit to request a street gardening clinic on your block.

New York Indian Council, Inc. Native American Employment Program

May 31, 2014
Free Employment and Training Program for Native Americans New York Indian Council, Inc. 981 Morris Park Avenue, Second Floor Bronx, New York 10462 Tel: (718) 684-3993 Fax: (718) 684-3994 The New York Indian Council, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization, their vision is to provide quality employment and training services to Native American communities. Who is Eligible - Must be 18 years of age or older - Documented in a state of federally recognized tribe - self, parents, grandparents - Reside in New York, New Jersey or Delaware. - Unemployed, Underemployed or low income. - Be registered with Selective Service (for males 18-25 years old) Call for an appointment: Bronx Office: (718) 684-3993 New York Indian Council, Inc. Bronx, NY 10462 Contact:  (718) 684-3993

Weekend & Holiday Train Service 2 & 3 Train Suspended

May 26, 2014
2 & 3 Trains Suspended No Service between Flatbush Avenue and Franklin Avenue Friday, May 23, 2014 - 11:30pm to Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 5:00am Free Shuttle buses will make all stops between Franklin Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Avenue

More Street Closings In Community District 9

May 19, 2014
3:00 pm - Monday through Friday Rutland Road from New York to Albany Avenues New York Ave, Rutland to intersection National Grid has planned construction at the following locations within the district: Rutland Road from New York Avenue to Albany Avenue Brooklyn Avenue at intersection of Rutland Road Albany Avenue at intersection of Rutland Road New York Avenue at intersection of Rutland Road Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 19th, 2014 and is expected to last for 90 days.

Remaining Dates For Street Closing Activities

May 19, 2014
The following dates are what are available for street closing activities in Community District 9: JULY 2014 - NO AVAILABLE DATES AUGUST 2014 - NO AVAILABLE DATES SEPTEMBER 2014 Black out date - the weekend of August 29 to September 1st, 2014 September 6th  - Date no longer available September 13th - date no longer available September 20th -  1 activity September 27th - 1 activity OCTOBER 2014 October 4th - 3 activities October 11th - 3 activities October 18th - 3 activities October 25th - 3 activities **Please note, activities can also be conducted in November, if applicant so desires.

Environmental Educational Summer Camp Program 2014

May 18, 2014
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  (DEC) 2014 Summer Camp Program The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be accepting online applications for its 67th Annual Summer Camp Program. Registration begins on January 22 and the 2014 camping season begins June 29. Campers explore the outdoors under the guidance of caring camp staff, learning about the natural world and their place in it. Youth 11 through 17 years old enjoy week-long adventures in conservation education at DEC's residential summer camps. They participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as: fishing, bird watching , fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering and optional hunter safety education. Parents may register campers beginning January 22, 2014 at 10:00AM only through DEC's convenient, online registration system. Fees for the 2014 camp season are $350 per one-week session per camper. For more information please visit DEC's website at , or call (518)402-8014 or write to: DEC Camps 625 Broadway - 4th Floor Albany, NY 12233-4500

NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy

May 18, 2014
Application deadline is June 27th The New York City Police Department - Community Affairs Bureau's, Youth Police Academy, is a program designed to establish a positive relationship between the Police Department the City's youth. New York City youth between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to attend. The Youth Police Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch and uniform shirts. The goals of the academy are: To enhance responsible citizenship. To provide positive interaction with police officers and to educate young people about the challenges and responsibility of police work. To encourage young people to take part in other youth programs offered by the Police Department such as: - The Law Enforcement Explorers - Police Cadet Corps - The Police Athletic League This six week program will hold sessions five days per week from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by officers in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Applications may be downloaded by clicking the link below. Visit: for information. Mail applications to: NYPD Youth Services Section, YPA 2014, 189 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

conEdison – Natural Gas Safety Tips

May 16, 2014
conEdison - Natural Gas Safety Natural gas smells like rotten eggs If you smell it, leave the area immediately and take others with you. Don't turn lights or appliances on or off, and don't do anything that could cause a spark Once you're safe, call 1-800-75-CONED or 911 right away Don't assume that someone else has already called Leaks can be reported anonymously Find more safety tips online at:

Street Closings In Community District 9 May 16th, 17th And 18th

May 16, 2014
STREET CLOSINGS IN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 9 MAY 16TH, 17TH AND 18TH 2014-05-16 9:30 PM Ends 12:00 p.m. May 17th Ocean Avenue - Empire to Parkside Avenue Brooklyn Contact: Vincent Martinos 718-735-0527 There will be two events in the district this weekend that will impact parking and traffic flow as follows:  The annual Brooklyn Half Marathon will impact parking and traffic on May 16th and May 17th NO PARKING (heavy traffic delays) on the following streets from 9:30 pm on May 16th to 12:00 noon on May 17th: Ocean Avenue from Empire Boulevard to Parkside Avenue Parkside Avenue from Ocean Avenue to Coney Island Avenue Flatbush Avenue from Grand Army Plaza to Empire Boulevard The Lubavitch community will be celebrating Lag Bomer.  This holiday is a joyful occasion and when it falls on a Sunday it is a special celebration with a parade on Eastern Parkway.  To allow for the parade and festival there will be no parking on the following streets from Midnight Saturday, May 17th, 2014 to Sunday, May 18th until the times posted: Parade: Kingston Avenue from Winthrop Street to Rutland Road from 11:00 pm to 8:00 am. Kingston Avenue from Empire Boulevard to Eastern Parkway until 6:00 pm Albany Avenue from Eastern Parkway to President Street until 3:00 pm Eastern Parkway from Albany Avenue to Brooklyn Avenue (both service lanes) until 3:00 pm. Street Fair: East New York Avenue from Albany Avenue to Brooklyn Avenue until 8:00 pm Kingston Avenue from Lefferts Avenue to Maple Street until 8:00 pm. Traffic Delays: Eastern Parkway Empire Boulevard Nostrand Avenue New York Avenue Troy Avenue. Please contact the 71 Precinct with any questions or concerns requiring special arrangements (within ...Read More

Cablevision Excavation

May 10, 2014
JEK Communications, Inc. has been retained by Cablevision of New York to perform excavation on the existing cable television system for the area of: Bedford Avenue between Lefferts Avenue and Sterling Street. This work will begin on May 10, 2014. Work will be performed for 1-7 days and all work completed will be restored like new. Should you have any questions, please call: (914)667-7373. Contact: Christina Carfora (914) 667-7373

37th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour Volunteers Needed

May 4, 2014
Volunteer at the 37th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour Sunday, May 4, 2014 Be There, Have Fun, No Cycling Experience Necessary! Rest Areas and Water Stations are staffed by individuals and community organizations. T-shirts and breakfast or lunch will be provided. Be a part of something big! For more information, email or call  (212) 870-2079

NYC Summer Youth Employment Program – 2014

May 2, 2014
New York City Department of Youth & Community Development Summer Youth Employment Program - 2014 APPLY TODAY! Application Deadline Extended Friday, May 2, 2014 Open to all NYC residents between the ages 14 - 24. Go to: Or call: 1.800.246.4646

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development Requests for Proposals (RFP)

May 2, 2014
The Department of Youth and Community Development is pleased to announce the release of the Out of School Time Middle School Expansion Request for Proposals (RFP). Proposals are due on May 2, 2014 at 2:00PM, through the Health and Human Services (HHS) Accelerator system. Eligible Schools within Community District 9: Middle School of the Arts 790 East New York Avenue New Heights Middle School 790 East New York Avenue M.S. 61 - Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell 400 Empire Boulevard P.S. 161 - The Crown 330 Crown Street Ebbets Field Middle School 46 McKeever Place Medgar Evers Preparatory School 1186 Carroll Street I.S. 340 227 Sterling Street Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School 790 East New York Avenue Explore Charter School 655 Parkside Avenue In order to acess and apply to this RFP, please go to the HHS Accelerator website by clicking on the following link.

Vision Zero Website Launch

April 30, 2014
Use this interactive map to share your experiences with city streets. Your knowledge will be used to create a traffic safety plan for each borough that will describe how to make each borough’s streets safer for everyone, whether walking, biking or driving.  You can report issues such as red light running, double parking, poor visibility, speeding and more! Vision Zero Interactive Map Every year, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed in traffic crashes. Being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14, and the second leading cause for seniors. On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every two hours. Vision Zero is the City's goal for ending traffic deaths and injuries on our streets. To accomplish this, we need everyone's participation and input. Learn more about Vision Zero. Share:

71 Precinct – Crime Awareness

April 30, 2014
Since January 2014, the 71 Precinct has been experiencing an increase in incidents of pickpocketing on the NYC MTA - B12 Bus. The suspects are targeting women, reaching into their handbags and taking their wallets, and using the credit cards the same day. The 71 Precinct would like to remind all that when riding public transportation, stay alert and aware of your surroundings, secure your bags close to your body, keeping everything zipped and closed. If you feel you are a victim of Identity Theft, please contact your local Precinct. The NYPD recognized the following websites to conduct a credit report: Anyone with information please call the 71 Precinct Detective Unit (718) 735-0501.

New York City Department of Youth & Community Development

April 30, 2014
Get Connected Call DYCD Youth Connect for information 1-800-246-4646 - Jobs and Internships - Afterschool Programs - Reading and Writing - Immigrant Services - Family Support - Runaway and Homeless Youth Services

ALERT – Greendot Moneypak Scam

April 30, 2014
How it works? 1. You receive a phone call and are told: You owe the IRS money for unpaid taxes and  threatened with arrest or deportation unless you agree to pay. You are told you have an outstanding utility bill and unless you pay your services will be shut off. You are told a relative or friend has been in an accident and an immediate payment is required. You are told that a relative or friend has been arrested and needs bail money. 2. The perpetrator tells you to go to a store and purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak Card and place a certain amount of cash on the card. 3. You are supplied a callback number and are told to contact the perpetrator once you have the Green Dot MoneyPak Card. 4. When you call the prepetrator back you are asked to scratch off the back of the card and read the serial number of the card to the prepetrator. 5. The prepetrator then uses that number to cash out the card, thus stealing the money that you put on the card. The NYPD is asking anyone with information about this scam to contact their local precinct or call: 1800-577-TIPS.

71 Precinct – Community Arson Issue

April 30, 2014
In the past few days we have had three different small rubbish fires, all at churches. The 71 Precinct is treating this issue as an act of arson. Debris on the church property was used to set all of these small fires. Please try not to leave any papers or flammable items near the doors or on the property of any church. Please be aware of any strangers or suspicious persons loitering near churches. Anyone with information please call the 71 Precinct Detectives at (718)735-0501. Contact: Det. Vincent Martinos (718)735-0527

Attention 71 Precinct Community- iPhone Robberies

April 30, 2014
NYPD Alert Robbery of iPhones and Personal Electronics In order to protect yourself from being a victim: Keep personal electronics out of sight while walking in public or riding public transportation. Be aware of your surroundings. If someone looks suspicious or is following you, go into a store or business if possible to avoid the individual.If you must travel at night, attempt to travel as a group in well lit areas, especially when using mass transportation. When walking to and from home, avoid short cuts. Stick to main streets with a lot of foot traffic. If you are a victim of crime, call 911 immediately. Contact: P.O. Frank Bulzoni (718) 735-0528 71 Precinct Crime Prevention Police Officer Frank Bulzoni 421 Empire Blvd. Brooklyn, NY 11225 (718)735-0528 or 0511

Environmental Educational Summer Camp Programs 2014

March 25, 2014
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  (DEC) 2014 Summer Camp Program The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be accepting online applications for its 67th Annual Summer Camp Program. Registration begins on January 22 and the 2014 camping season begins June 29. Campers explore the outdoors under the guidance of caring camp staff, learning about the natural world and their place in it. Youth 11 through 17 years old enjoy week-long adventures in conservation education at DEC's residential summer camps. They participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as: fishing, bird watching , fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering and optional hunter safety education. Parents may register campers beginning January 22, 2014 at 10:00AM only through DEC's convenient, online registration system. Fees for the 2014 camp season are $350 per one-week session per camper. For more information please visit DEC's website at , or call (518)402-8014 or write to: DEC Camps 625 Broadway - 4th Floor Albany, NY 12233-4500

NYC Summer Youth Employment Program – 2014

March 25, 2014
New York City Department of Youth & Community Development Summer Youth Employment Program - 2014 APPLY TODAY! Application Deadline: April 25, 2014 Open to all NYC residents between the ages 14 - 24. Go to: Or call: 1.800.246.4646

FREE Tax Preparation 2014 – Brooklyn, NY

March 25, 2014
FREE Tax Preparation 2014 - Brooklyn, NY Food Bank for NYC Brooklyn Public Library - Central Library 10 Grand Army Plaza Brookyn, NY 11238 Food Bank for NYC Brooklyn Public Library - New Lots Library 665 New Lots Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11207 Food Bank for NYC - CAMBA 885 Flatbush Avenue, Room 201 Brooklyn, NY 11226 (718)287-0010 - ext. 40255 Food Bank for NYC Christian Cultural Center 1400 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11212 (631)291-1669 Food Bank for NYC Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. 2836 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11207 (718)647-8477 Food Bank for NYC Gethsemane SDA 357 Empire Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11225 (347)296-7573

Job Opportunity with Boys Hope Girls Hope of NY

March 20, 2014
Boys Hope Girls Hope New York at La Salle Hall 367 Clermont Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 Position Description: Residential Counselor Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York (BHGHNY) is a college preparatory and youth development non-profit organization that operates a boarding program in partnership with two highly regarded private schools: Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (for our boys) Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School (for our girls). The Residential Counselor (RC) provides Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York (BHGHNY) scholars, who are in grades 9-12, with frontline support, guidance and direction. RC's reside in the dorms from Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons and are responsible for the day-to-day activities and programs associated with BHGHNY scholarship and residence. They work closely with other staff to insure the goals and expectations of the program are being met in a thoughful and consistent manner. Some RC's carry additional responsibilities that are specific to certain program areas and include admissions and outreach; academic programming and support; and health and wellness training. Specific Charges: A)  RC's are expected to guide and assist BHGHNY scholars with their day-to-day responsibilites and to ensure that each scholar has the necessary structures and resources available to be successful in the classroom, and to become leaders in the dorm. B) RC's are expected to maintain regular communication with scholars' parents, teachers and guidance counselors, and to assist in the planning/implementation of special dorm-related activities. C) RC's supervise and monitor study periods and provide subject specific support in those areas where there exists the background to do so. D)  RC's prepare written reports detailing scholar preparation and growth and when needed, provide BHGH National ...Read More

Brownsville Youth Court Law Internships for Teens

March 20, 2014
Law Internships for Teens with Brownsville Youth Court 444 Thomas Boyland Street - Rm. 207 Brooklyn, NY 11212 Brownsville Youth Court trains teenagers ages 14-18 to serve as jurors, judges and youth and community advocates. Members hear real-life cases of other teens, that have committed low-level offenses. The goal of Youth Court is not to assess guilt or innocence; but through use of positive peer pressure, helps ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. Brownsville Youth Court is open to Brooklyn teens ages 14 to 18 who are enrolled in school or a GED program. Youth Court members receive a $100/month stipend to serve for 5 hours per week. The training takes place in mid-April and ends mid-June on Mondays and Wednesday from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Completed applications including the personal information sheet and essays can be submitted online at: or by mail at: 444 Thomas Boyland Street, Room 207 Brooklyn, NY 11212. All applications must be received by March 30, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact BYC staff at (347)404-9582. You can request an application via email to:

Wildlife Conservation Society Bridging the Gap Program for Teens

March 19, 2014
Bridging the Gap is a new initiative from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) that seeks to connect 10th and 11th grade high school students that have an interest in pursuing a career in conservation science, zoology, marine science, ecology, or biology, directly with professionals in those fields. In addition to receiving hands-on experience and mentoring, students will obtain information in areas including educational planning, financial aid options, effective job search methods, resume building, networking, job referral, and more! All five WCS living institutions will participate in this program: Central Park Zoo Prospect Park Zoo Queens Zoo New York Aquarium Bronx Zoo Students will be assigned to a WCS site based on where they live or where they attend school. Please see your guidance counselor if you would like to receive an application or to learn more about the program. Contact:  Courtney R. Wiggins Phone: (718)399-7339 Ext. 350 Email:

NYCTA – MTA Bus Time Comes to Brooklyn and Queens

March 9, 2014
MTA - New York City Transit Authority Bus Time Comes to Brooklyn and Queens March 9, 2014 This means the customers will now be able to get real-time information on every bus and every route on their phone or computer. MTA Bus Time uses Global Positioning Systems (GPS) hardware and wireless communication technology to track the real-time location of buses. You can use your desktop, smartphone, or cellphone to enter the bus route, intersection, or bus-stop code. MTA Bus Time will find the location of the next serveral buses that will arrive at your stop, or show you how many stops away the next bus is. The Bus Time website displays a map with moving images representing the real-time location of buses along the routes. By checking MTA Bus Time, you can save time by going to the stop when the bus is soon to arrive. Bus stop codes can be found online at: at bus stops on the post Guide-A-Ride schedules. Customers with smartphones can scan a Quick Response (QR) code that will be on all the Guide-A-Ride canisters. Customers with cellphones can text a bus stop code or intersection to 511123 and they will receive a text back to their phone stating how many stops away their bus is.

Available Block Party Dates

March 4, 2014
The following dates are currently available for street activities in Community District 9.  Please be reminded that your application for closing of a block must be submitted online - a minimum of 90 days in advance of the scheduled date of your activity (street clean-ups - 4 hour street closing, should be submitted 60 days in advance) Available May dates for 4-hour clean-up only May 2014 May 3, 2014 - 3 activities May 4, 2014 - 3 activities May 10, 2014 - 2 activities May 11, 2014 - 3 activities May 17, 2014 - 3 activities May 18, 2014 - 3 activities May 31, 2014 - 3 activities May 23-26 - Black out dates June 2014 June 1, 2014 - 3 activities June 7, 2014 - 2 activities June 8, 2014 - 3 activities June 14, 2014 - 3 activities June 15, 2014 - 3 activities June 21, 2014 - 2 activities June 22, 2014 - 3 activities June 28, 2014 - 3 activities July 2014 July 4-6 - Black out dates July 12, 2014 - 3 activities July 13, 2014 - 3 activities July 19, 2014 - 3 activities July 20, 2014 - 3 activities July 26, 2014 - unavailable for street closing July 27, 2014 - 3 actiivities August 2014 August 2, 2014 - 3 activities

Shuttle Bus to Replace “Q” Service (weekends)

March 1, 2014
Normal "Q" subway service will be replaced by shuttle buses from: Prospect Park to Stillwell Avenue during five weekends this year. Shuttle Buses will be in operation on the following weekends: March 1-3 March 8-10 March 15-17 May 10-12 September 6-8 Saturdays - 12:01am  to Mondays - 5:00am

Kings County Hospital Center Commodity Supplemental Food Program

February 28, 2014
FREE FOOD C.S.F.P. Commodity Supplemental Food Program Brooklyn Site: 840 Alabama Avenue bwtn. Stanley & Wortman Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11207 Queens Site: 91-29 143 Street Corner of Archer Avenue Jamaica, NY 11435 You Must: - Be a Senior Citizen - 60 years old and older - Have children 5-6 years old - Be 6 months postpartum Documentation Required Original Documents Only  - Photo ID Picture ID with date of birth, NY State ID: Benefit card with photo, Passport, Resident ID card  - Proof of Age Original Birth Certificate (for child), Photo ID with the date of birth (for seniors)  - Proof of Address Bills, NY State ID, any mail including magazines, etc.  - Proof of Income Social Sercurity Award letter, Pay stub, Notarized letter of support, Pension, Bank Statement, Public Assistance/welfare - budget letter.   For more info: Contact:  (718) 498-9208

Hostos Community College/CUNY Allied Health Career Pipeline Program

February 28, 2014
Hostos Community College/CUNY Allied Health Career Pipeline Program Building Pathways to a Brighter Future with the Skills to do the Job! The Allied Health Career Pipeline Program focuses on preparing students for careers in healthcare. It offers the following occupational training programs: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Clinical Medical Assistant Dental Assistant Patient Care Technician (PCT) Pharmacy Technician Health Information Technology (with certification in Electronic Health Records-EHR) Eligible program participants, who are low-income or receive public assistance, will receive comprehensive support services to help them successfully complete occupational training programs, connect to internship opportunities, and help to obtain employment. If you meet the eligibility criteria, the program is FREE. To find out if you are eligible to enroll in the Pipeline Program, or for more information, call: (718) 664-2537  or (718) 664-2540.