Brooklyn CB9 Resident Member Committee Preference Survey (Due Date: 8/17/2020)

August 7, 2020
Good Afternoon Community Partners, I hope that this email finds you all well. To get ready for what promises to be a busy year, we need to begin work on establishing our committees. We currently have 10 standing committees: Economic Development Education and Library Environmental Protection Health and Social Services Housing Parks, Recreation, Culture Affairs Public Safety Transportation ULURP Youth Services Below is a link to a survey where you will be asked to select UP TO THREE COMMITTEES, in order of preference, on which you would like to serve: Please note that we we cannot guarantee placement on a committee(s). Additionally, while we will take your preferences into consideration, we cannot guarantee any specific assignments. On our Downloads page: there are 2 documents, compiled for your reference, that provide descriptions of typical responsibilities for each of the committees and possible activities/projects that the committees may be engaged in this year. The committee responsibilities and agenda items are intended to help all community residents better understand what the work of each committee may entail as you select your preferences. These are ONLY for reference, and the responsibilities and committee activities are open for conversation and modification. We are asking that you respond to the survey by the due date of: MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020, 5:00PM. Please feel free to contact me, or the district office if you have any questions or encounter any issues with the survey. Thanks and best regards to all! Fred P. Baptiste Chairperson, Community Board 9 - Brooklyn

Guidance Re: NY State Liquor Authority 30-Day Advance Notice Protocol

March 26, 2020
Community Partners, As most Community Board offices are currently closed (including ours), it is unlikely that we are able to accept any notices sent via certified mail at this time. Community Boards require applicants send their offices the 30-day advance notice via certified mail for SLA applications and there are other instances in which certified mail is normally required. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SLA has ruled that an email is acceptable. The CB must notify individuals that the CB will accept emails in lieu of certified mail. Emails can be accepted in all instances in which certified mail was the normal requirement. In addition, the Community Board will have to acknowledge receipt of any applicant intending to submit an application to SLA, as well as acknowledge receipt of any email in which a certified mail receipt was the norm.

Meeting Cancellation Notices

March 16, 2020
Community Partners, Please note that in an effort to do our due diligence to maintain public health, and the safety of our community partners in light of the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): the March 2020 Executive Committee Meeting, and General Board Meeting have both been cancelled. Please stand by for further information on all public gatherings until the threat has dissipated; for real-time updates from the City of New York, text 'COVID' to 692-692.

Honoring Medgar Evers – Renaming MTA’s Franklin Avenue and President Street Stations

December 18, 2019
New legislation (A.1512A/ Chp. 669), sponsored by Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, Senator Zellnor Myrie, and signed into law by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, will direct the MTA to append the college’s name to both the Franklin Avenue and President Street stops. “I am thrilled for the name changes of the MTA’s Franklin and President Subway stops to recognize the great civil rights leader, Medgar Evers. As an alumnus of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, I am honored to have authored legislation and proud to have worked with the Crown Heights community to make this happen. Medgar Evers College is a staple for our district and serves as a door of opportunity for our students. Its impact on our community is being celebrated and receiving the recognition that it deserves,” - Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, NY District 43 “Renaming the Franklin and President subway stations to recognize Medgar Evers College will literally put one of our community’s most cherished institutions on the map. This community has asked for these renamings and today, we are proud to say that their representatives have heeded their call,” - Senator Zellnor Myrie, NY District 20 “We are so pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed this bill into law. As a neighborhood stalwart since 1970, Medgar Evers College is synonymous with Crown Heights, and by extension, we are inextricably linked to the subway stations that serve our community. The renaming of the subway stations reflects the profound contribution that Medgar Evers College has made to Central Brooklyn. It is emblematic of the critical role that we will continue to play as we celebrate our 50th year of serving students and changing the trajectory of their lives,” - Rudolph ...Read More

Community Board 9 District Manager Proper Resume Submission Protocol

April 26, 2019
Good Afternoon Community Partners, It has come to our attention that email correspondence has been disseminated to the community from an alternate source with regard to the submission procedure for individuals wishing to apply for the District Manager position here at Community Board 9. As you will note in the attached classified notice, individuals wishing to apply for the position should send their resume to to the attention of Ms. Rashidah Siddiqui. Any inquiries concerning this ad should be made directly to Community Board 9. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact the office directly.

Notice: Bedford Union Armory Advisory Committee Formation

April 15, 2019
Applications Now Open for Public Members The Committee Will Serve as A Voice for Local Community Throughout the Armory’s Construction Process and Future Operation Crown Heights, Brooklyn – City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and BFC Partners announced today the formation of the Bedford Union Armory Advisory Committee, to assist with community enrichment programming and engagements. Nominations for the Committee’s seven Public Member positions are now open to residents of the Crown Heights and broader Central Brooklyn neighborhoods who have demonstrated commitment to the betterment of their community. The Bedford Union Armory Advisory Committee will serve as a liaison between the Crown Heights/Central Brooklyn community, NYCEDC and the Armory’s developer, BFC Partners. The Committee will guide the Armory’s management to develop programs that will best serve the welfare of the neighborhood’s youth and families. “I have heard the thoughts and concerns of my constituents and am confident that the Bedford Union Armory Advisory Committee will help to bridge the gap between the local community and the Bedford Union Armory,” said City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo. “I look forward to working with community leaders and stakeholders to develop programming that will serve our community for generations to come.” The Committee will be comprised of fifteen members, including the Chair, all living in the Crown Heights and greater Central Brooklyn community. Eight of the members will be appointed by local elected officials, community associations, and BFC Partners. The remaining seven members will be selected from a pool of applicants by a committee of local stakeholders who have been involved with the Armory project since its conception. Applicants will be considered based on a ...Read More

Brooklyn Community Board 9 Armory Update; April 30, 2019 General Board Meeting

April 12, 2019
Community Partners, please review notice below of Bedford Union Armory update with BFC Partners, followed by our regularly scheduled April 2019 General Board Meeting, starting at 6:30PM on Tues, April 30, at Medgar Evers College - Founders Auditorium, at 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225. This is an opportunity for community residents to engage and voice their concern.

NYU Capstone Project: 4 Line Extension along Utica Avenue

April 11, 2019
Community Partners, on behalf of the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, an NYU Capstone team is conducting a Utica Avenue Corridor Study to identify and evaluate development and further economic opportunities for the community surrounding Utica Avenue as a result of expanding the subway along the corridor. All are invited to a public community workshop, tomorrow, April 11th, at 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Brooklyn Public Library, at 1044 Eastern Parkway.

General Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at 6:30PM

April 4, 2019
Due to religious observance, the monthly General Board Meeting has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 starting at 6:30PM; A special portion of the meeting will be dedicated to a discussion of the Bedford Union Armory Asbestos Removal - all Community Partners are implored to attend and voice their concerns. Meeting to take place in Medgar Evers College - Founder's Auditorium.

Notice of City Environmental Quality Review: 960 Franklin Avenue Rezoning

February 20, 2019
Community Partners, a public scoping hearing for 960 Franklin Avenue has been scheduled for *Tuesday, March 12th at 1:00 PM* at the NYCDCP, City Planning Commission Hearing Room, 120 Broadway, Concourse Level, New York, NY. Draft Scope of Work, Environmental Assessment Statement and scoping notice can be viewed and downloaded here: The scoping notice and materials can also be found on the Dept of City Planning's website here:…/pl…/applicants/

Phone Lines are Down at Community Board 9

January 14, 2019
Please be advised that all phone lines are still down at the Board office.  Verizon hopes to have our service restored soon.  In the interim, if you have you questions or concerns, feel free to contact the office via email.

Community Board 9 Phone Lines are Down

January 10, 2019
Please note that we are experiencing an issue with our phone service, we are unable to receive calls at this time.   If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the office directly via email.

GO VOTE: Election Day, November 06, 2018

November 5, 2018
Community Partners, Polling sites are open from 6:00 AM- 9:00 PM on #ElectionDay. To find your assigned poll site, check your registration status, or for more information on voting, visit or call 311. This election, the back of the ballot will include three questions proposed by the 2018 New York City Charter Revision Commission: Campaign Finance Reform; Civic Engagement; and Community Boards. Please remember to flip your ballot and vote on these proposals. To learn more about the ballot proposals, go to


October 30, 2018
Community Partners, As many of you may have heard: torrential downpours brought on by Tropical Storm Bret affecting Trinidad & Tobago has left over 100,000 flood victims in need of urgent assistance. As of October, 28, 2018 The Trinidad & Tobago Overseas Coalition, in association with the Brooklyn Borough President's Office, and Cacci will be launching The Trinidad & Tobago Flood Relief Effort in NYC. Please review below items needed, and drop-off points in Brooklyn: ITEMS NEEDED Members of the general public are requested to donate the following items: 1. Canned & Other Non-Perishable Food (not expired) 3. Blankets/Linen & Portable/Inflatable Mattresses 4. Clothing Items (under & outerwear for M/F adults/children – all sizes | Only New & Gently Used Clean Items 5. Shoes & Slippers (M/F adults and children -- all sizes) 6. Personal Items (body soap, lotions, toothpaste, too the brushes, sanitary pads, etc) 7. Diapers – all sizes for children and adults 8. School Supplies – notebooks, pencils, pens, backpacks 9. Cleaning Detergents/Disinfectants 10. Mops & Brooms 11. Flashlights & Batteries 12. Portable Solar Powered Lights & Outlets 13. Medical Supplies – saline solution, bandages, syringes, chucks DROP-OFF POINTS | OCT. 30 – NOV. 7, 2018 The requested items may be left in barrels at any of the locations listed below: BROOKLYN 1. 204 Parkside, Brooklyn, NY 2. Allans Bakery, 1109 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 3. Culpeppers Restaurant, 1082 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 4. Expressions in Ceramics, 1151 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 5. 5502 Avenue N, Brooklyn, NY 6. 770 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY (ONLY ON Wed., Nov. 7, 7AM - 11PM) Thank you for your anticipated charitable support.

Phone Lines Back Up

October 2, 2018
All of our lines are up and running. Thanks again for your patience.

Office Main Line Down

October 2, 2018
Our phone number ending in 9279 is still not working. Please see our other office numbers below. 718-778-9280 718-778-9281 718-778-9282 We can also be reached via email. Thanks for your patience.

Office Phone Lines Are Down

August 27, 2018
Good Morning community partners, our phone lines are currently down. Please dial into 718.778.9280 to reach our office should you have any inquiries.

Vital Brooklyn Initiative

February 8, 2018
Click the link below to review details on Vital Brooklyn Initiative: Vital Brooklyn Initiative

KPMG Future Leaders Program 2018

January 31, 2018
"KPMG is deeply committed to the advancement, development and empowerment of women. As women break glass ceilings in the workplace and excel on the international athletic stage, the influence of women will only continue to grow and affect our society for the better." Review Application here: 2018-KPMG-Future-Leaders-application ***Please note: Deadline is today, January 31, 2018***

Jacqueline Welch Funeral Services

November 8, 2017
It is with great sorrow to announce that our Member-at-Large, Jacqueline Welch, has passed away on October 30, 2017. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, November 10, at 11AM, with the wake and view period from 9 - 11AM only. Located at Bethel Tabernacle, on 90 Schenectady Avenue. Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213

CB9 Bedford Union Armory Recommendation

September 27, 2017
Correcting the record on Brooklyn CB9's recommendation on the Bedford Union Armory. The attached forms are to reflect CB9's accurate recommendation: DISAPPROVE. View pdf file here: BUA Recommendation_20170921114329

BZ Variance Application – 527 East New York Avenue

September 27, 2017
Proposed BZ Variance application seeks to authorize the constirction of a five-story and cellar house of worship at 527 East New York Acenue, in the Borough of brooklyn, New York. View pdf files here: 527 ENY Ave_20170921131055; 527 ENY Ave_20170921131155; 527 ENY Ave_20170921131255; 527 ENY Ave_20170921131352; 527 ENY Ave_20170921131428; 527 ENY Ave_20170921131510; 527 ENY Ave_20170921131544

Notice Of Certification Pursuant to ULURP, Application #: C150223P PQK

September 26, 2017
Application #: C150223 PQK Project Name: All My Children DCC 13/15 In the matter of an application submitted by the Administration for Children's Services and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, pursuant to Section 197-c of the New York City Charter, for the acquisition of property located at 36 Ford Street (Block 1420, Lot 51) for continued use as a child care center. View pdf file here, All My Children Notice Of Certification C150223 PQK

Increased Security Measures for Upcoming 2017 J’Ouvert Celebration

August 21, 2017
The de Blasio Administration, New York Police Department, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, J’Ouvert City International and elected officials today announced enhanced parade security measures for the 2017 J’Ouvert Celebration, which will step off on Monday, September 4th at 6 A.M. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.   “J’Ouvert is a major part of West Indian culture. Finding a compromise which allows it to continue helps preserve the culture while increasing public safety during the festivities here in Brooklyn,” said  Musa Moore, Chairman, Community Board 9.   View the press release, in full, here

Notice of ULURP Public Hearing on the Bedford Union Armory, Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM

June 10, 2017
Notice of  ULURP Public Hearing on the Bedford Union Armory  Date: Monday, June 19, 2017 Time: 6:30 PM Location: M.S. 61, 400 Empire Boulevard (corner of New York Avenue), Brooklyn, New York , 11225 Download: Notice of ULURP Public Hearing on the Bedford Union Armory 06/19/2017   View Document [caption id="attachment_4048" align="aligncenter" width="232"] NOTIFICATION OF BROOKLYN COMMUNITY BOARD 9 PUBLIC HEARING[/caption]


May 16, 2017
TAKE HOME A FREE TREE With the help of more than 100 community organizations, NYRP has given away tens of thousands of trees to be planted in New York City! Click Here:

Town Hall, Thursday, May 11th, 2017

May 5, 2017
Town Hall Meeting Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017 Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM Location: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Lillian Minkin Ballroom 585 Schenectady Avenue  (Between Rutland Rd & Winthrop St) Brooklyn, New York, 11203  

Brooklyn Borough Flood Map

April 10, 2017
View the potential flood areas throughout the borough of Brooklyn by community district below. [gallery ids="3795,3796,3797,3798,3799,3800,3801,3802,3803,3804,3805,3806,3807,3808,3809,3810,3811,3812"]

NYSDOT Citi Bike Expansion Plan Released To The Public

April 7, 2017
NYSDOT met with Community Board 9's Transportation Committee on April 5th, 2017 to further discuss the Citi Bike expansion plan, and when to expect the project's commencement in the Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens areas. You can view the full Citi Bike Expansion Plan here.

Town Hall Meeting | Transitional Homeless Shelters

March 31, 2017
Town Hall Meeting | Transitional Homeless Shelters Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location: 330 Crown Street (Bet. Nostrand & New York Avenues)     [caption id="attachment_3742" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Final Town Hall Meeting Flyer (1)[/caption]

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
FY 2018 Budget FY 2018 JAN REGISTER_Brooklyn CB 9 FY 2018 GeoCommitmentPlan_BROOKLYN 9 (1)

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