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In Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, the conversion of a few former industrial buildings to loft apartments that began in 1999 was followed by the announcement of the massive Atlantic Yards project in 2003, which in turn fueled an increase in commercial and residential rents and accelerated displacement of residents and businesses.
Now, just as the first affordable apartments at Atlantic Yards have begun to be offered through New York City’s lottery system, and residents ponder the future impact of the more than 13,000 residents expected to occupy the market and affordable apartment to be completed by 2025, the Intersection | Prospect Heights project returns with a panel discussion and series of walking tours launching “Our Places,” a new publication presenting stories and concerns of current and former neighbors, tracking development and demographic change, and looking at how it plays out on our streets. What is the future of Prospect Heights and our city?
On June 15th at 7PM at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Branch, a panel of experts in affordable housing, economic development, public policy, community activism, and urban planning will discuss how Prospect Heights has been reshaped, and what implications the experiences of its residents and businesses hold for other communities facing redevelopment. Their discussion is informed by stories, photographs, and research collected as part of Intersection | Prospect Heights, a public art and dialogue collaboration between the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC), Buscada, and Brooklyn Public Library.
The first affordable apartments to become available at Atlantic Yards have entered the City lottery process. 461 Dean Street, formerly known as B2, is offering 181 affordable studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Eligible tenants may earn between $20,675 for an individual and $144,960 for a family of four. Each apartment features stainless steel kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer.
More information, including a detailed breakdown of the available units by income target and a schedule for information sessions, is available at affordable.461dean.com.
Residents of Brooklyn community districts 2, 3, 6 and 8 receive lottery preference for 50% of all affordable apartments offered at Atlantic Yards. To apply for the 461 Dean Street lottery, visit HPD's Housing Connect site (applications close June 27). If you have not yet registered for Housing Connect, you may do so here.
When a new public school begins construction in Prospect Heights at the Atlantic Yards site later this year, community members will already have put forward a vision for how the facility can best meet the needs of the middle school students of Brooklyn’s District 13 today and for the future.
At this event hosted by the organizers of the M.S. OneBrooklyn campaign and the Brooklyn Public Library, District 13 community members, designers, planners, and representatives from the New York City Department of Education will come together to imagine a new middle school to be located at the northeast corner of Sixth Avenue and Dean Street. Breakout sessions will allow attendees to explore requirements for facilities, common space and street design to create a 21st century learning environment, as well as to identify and address safety concerns in the environment where the school will be situated. The results of the charrette will be compiled into a report for presentation to the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority.
The M.S. OneBrooklyn Design Charrette will take place on Saturday, April 2 at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.
BROOKLYN, NY, March 2, 2016: Today, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) announced that 612 contributing buildings have been added to the neighborhood’s National Register historic district, bringing the total number of buildings in the district to 917. The buildings were added to National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on February 16. The expanded district boundary includes properties on Flatbush Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Washington Avenue, Underhill Avenue, Bergen Street, St. Marks Avenue, Prospect Place, Park Place, Sterling Place and Butler Place.
“This action by the National Park Service is a reminder that, in the face of tremendous development pressure, Brooklyn’s historic neighborhoods remain a national treasure whose preservation is essential to the borough’s future,” said PHNDC chair Gib Veconi. “The 19th century rowhouses and apartment buildings of brownstone Brooklyn continue to teach us about how these neighborhoods helped to form a thriving community as the city’s population expanded. They are also often still home to the long-time residents who have shaped the character of Brooklyn. Preserving these historic resources also means preserving our community.”
BROOKLYN, NY, January 28, 2016: This morning, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña stated that the new Department of Education Facility to be constructed at the Atlantic Yards project will be programmed as a dedicated middle school. The Chancellor spoke at a Brooklyn Newsmakers breakfast hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
Organizers behind the M.S. OneBrooklyn vision for an intermediate school to occupy space being built at the Atlantic Yards site expressed enthusiasm over the news. In a statement, the group said, “On behalf of the more than 1,000 people who have signed the M.S. OneBrooklyn petition, we are delighted that the Chancellor has committed that the Atlantic Yards facility will be a dedicated middle school. We look forward to working with the Department of Education to leverage the arts and tech resources of Brooklyn, and incorporate dual-language curricula at this new school. Together, we can deliver an outstanding middle school experience accessible to all students of District 13.”
Amid rising rents and a rapidly changing neighborhood, tenants need to know what they can do when harassed by landlords and how interested parties can prepare for lotteries through which affordable apartments leased. Join Fifth Avenue Committee,IMPACCT Brooklyn, and Mutual Housing Association of New York to discuss affordable housing available in the Prospect Heights area and discuss how affordable housing works to meet the needs of households of diverse economic means. Following the panel, there will be a Q&A with speakers.