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The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council
The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) assesses and represents the needs and concerns of the Prospect Heights community in terms of housing, economic development, physical environment, safety and security, and social services.
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New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Announces Atlantic Avenue will be among First 50 Vision Zero Projects
Last night at a Vision Zero Town Hall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced that Atlantic Avenue will be among the first 50 priority corridors slated for safety engineering and improvements.
The announcement was the culmination of an eight-month-long campaign by environmental, transportation and community advocates to urge the City Council and the new administration to prioritize safety improvements on Atlantic Avenue. Commissioner Trottenberg made the announcement at a DOT-sponsored Town Hall at Medgar Evers College on Thursday evening.
On October 10, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commission Janet Sadik-Khan announced that Prospect Heights would be among the 15 New York City neighborhoods chosen for the expansion of the Neighborhood Slow Zone (NSZ) program. 74 communities had applied to be included in the NSZ expansion, under which speeds on local streets are reduced from 30 mph to 20 mph in conjunction with other traffic calming measures. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods.
When the Prospect Heights Street Tree Task Force heard that Forest City Ratner Companies would cut twenty trees from the northern sidewalk of Pacific Street between Sixth Avenue and Carlton Avenue to make room for construction in the Vanderbilt rail yard, its members joined a chorus of other community members and elected officials in protest.
The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council is pleased to announce that Ellen Fishman has been elected as Chair of the organization. She succeeds Danae Oratowski, who served as PHNDC Chair since 2007.
Ms. Fishman, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Brooklyn Law School. She has been a resident of Prospect Heights with her family for 13 years. During that time she transitioned from working as an attorney in private practice to operating with her husband Albano Ballerini the authentic pizza and pasta restaurant Amorina Cucina Rustica, on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights. Ms. Fishman is also the President of the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District and continues to represent it on the PHNDC board. As both as both a resident and merchant she brings a unique perspective to our organization.
Heart of Brooklyn (HOB), A Cultural Partnership is launching a survey focused on retail attraction for the Washington Avenue district between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway. The findings will be shared publicly with property owners, business owners, and community stakeholders.
The survey is available now at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/washingtonavenue.
In addition to online surveys, volunteers will be conducting surveys with residents in the area and visitors at locations surrounding Washington Avenue starting Wednesday, April 3rd. Merchants who would like a survey display at a business or a hard copy, please contact Rebeca Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is pleased to announce its third annual Arts to End Violence festival and contest. CHCMC is a neighborhood problem-solving center that aims to strengthen the Crown Heights neighborhood through youth programming, neighbor services, and the community-based anti-gun violence program, Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights. Last year the Arts to End Violence show brought artists together to share their messages of peace and feelings about violence. Some of the participants were established in their field and others were new to the creative process. CHCMC is calling on artists of all ages to submit art for this project in three categories: 2-dimensional art, video and performance. Artists 24 and under are eligible for cash prizes and all are eligible to be displayed in a local gallery.