1200 Dean Street is in the running for the Greenest Block in Brooklyn!

Very exciting news!

Crown Heights semi-finalists are:

  • CHCA’s Franklin Avenue Merchants Association (Franklin Avenue between Park Place and Sterling Place, east side)
  • 1200 Dean Street Block Association, Inc. (Dean Street between Nostrand and New York Avenues)
  • Crown Street Block Association, (Crown Street between Bedford and Rogers Avenues)


March to End Violence – Thursday June 7th @ 5:30 P.M.

From the SOS Crown Heights website:

We need your help to end gun violence in Crown Heights. Please join Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.) for our annual March to End Gun Violence on Thursday, June 7th, convening at Brower Park at Kingston Avenue and Park Place at 5:30 PM and departing at 6 PM. The March will be an opportunity to celebrate the reduction in shootings in the S.O.S. target area in the past two years, from 23 incidents in 2010 to only 12 in 2011, and an opportunity to commit to taking action to make our streets safer. Before the march, S.O.S. will host a block party from 12:00 – 4:00 PM on Park Place.

The March to End Gun Violence is part of Save Our Streets Week, June 2nd – June 10th, a week of events to celebrate our accomplishments, identify the costs of gun violence in our neighborhood, and discuss the next steps in reducing violence in the neighborhood. Religious leaders throughout Crown Heights will commence and close the S.O.S. Week of Peace with “Worship Weekends” June 2-3 and June 9-10 by dedicating their religious services to nonviolence messages. Monday, June 4th will be “Virtual Peace Day” when we spread our message online, and on Tuesday, June 5th we will have our first Peace Games, a day of games for people of all ages in Brower Park, 4:30-7:00 PM. We will also screen Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed at The Candy Rush at 733 Franklin Avenue, on Friday, June 8th at 8:00 PM. Please see the complete schedule below. Please see more details on our blog.

S.O.S. needs volunteers to run this week of events. If you can volunteer at any time during the week of June 2nd – June 11th, please email Eliana at ehorn@crownheights.org.


New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Awards

Have a great idea for a community improvement project? Apply for a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Award! Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of $500 to $3,000 to volunteer-led groups to work on projects that bring neighbors together and that have a positive impact on the community. We also offer project planning assistance and skills-building workshops.

Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate effectively for better housing conditions, and start school recycling programs.

The New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods application deadline is January 31. For a grant application, please visit http://www.citizensnyc.org/grants/NYBN.html. For more info, call/email Emi Wang at 212-822-9563/ewang@citizensnyc.org.

Investing Techniques for Moderate Income Earners

Investing Techniques for Moderate Income Earners
Sponsored by the
Honorable Rodneyse Bichotte Female District Leader
42nd Assembly District
Medgar Evers College

Saturday October 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Saturday December 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM EST


Bedford Central Community Development Corp in partnership with Medgar Evers College Adult and Continuing Education division will be offering

Estate Planning- Wills Trusts
Saturday Nov. 12, 12PM-3PM, 1 session $75

Financial Planning and Budgeting -Saturday
Nov. 19 & Dec 3, 12PM-3PM, 2 sessions $95

Register online at http://www.mec.cuny.edu/ACE

Sponsored by the
Honorable Rodneyse Bichotte,
42nd Assembly District

Register Now!
The partnership with Medgar Evers College and Bedford Central Community Development Corp. is a great one, please take the time to review their entire catalogue.


Wayne Devonish
Bedford Central Community Development Corp.

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust: Celebrating Our Gardens

Positive RSVPs to 718.963.7020 or info@bqlt.org

You’re Invited
Saturday, November 19, 2011
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Brooklyn Job Corps Academy Center
585 DeKalb Avenue – 2nd floor. (near Nostrand Avenue.)

Celebrating Our Gardens

Thanking the Gardeners for keeping open spaces as meaningful neighborhood resources, maintaining green and healthy environments of outdoor places of beauty, creating a greener community for us all to enjoy, and growing healthy foods for our families to eat.

Guest Speakers:
Chris Randall, New Haven Land Trust, Connecticut – Executive Director
Ethan Winter, Land Trust Alliance, North East Program – NY Conservation

Invited Guests:
Congressman Ed Towns;
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery;
City Council Members: Al Vann, Darlene Mealy, Diana Reyna, Eric Adrams, Leroy Comrie, Letitia James, Mathieu Eugene, Rubin Wills, Stephen Levin;
State Assembly Members: Annette Robinson, Barbara Clark, Hakeem Jeffries,Vivian Cook;
Trust For Public Land-NYC Programs: Andy Stone, Joanne Morse;
Professor Timothy Leslie, Long Island University – Bees in the Gardens;
Andrea S. Zayas, Principal, La Cima Elementary Charter School – Children and Gardening;
District Leaders Olanike Alabi, Robert Cornegy Jr., Walter Mosley III;
Brooklyn Job Corps Academy Center; Citizens Committee for New York City

Join us for good food and fun with fellow gardeners and friends.

Meet ‘n Greet – 1:30 p.m.
Program – 2:15 p.m.
Food, Entertainment – 3:00 p.m.
Giveaways and Raffles – 4:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (BQLT) is a 501(c) (3) not-profit organization.
Tax deductible donations are welcomed — 677 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Speak Up About Parking Issues in Crown Heights

From our friends over at the Crow Hill Community Association:

***Hearing on Wednesday 11/2***
Council Member Letitia James and Brooklyn Speaks Urge the
Community to Speak Up for Residential Permit Parking in Central Brooklyn!
read more here: http://crowhillcommunity.org/2011/11/support-residential-parking-permits/

***Hearing on Tuesday 11/15***
Public Hearing On the Reduction of Alternate Side Parking for
Community District 8
read more here: http://crowhillcommunity.org/2011/11/public-hearing-to-reduce-alternate-side-parking/