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. is a portal for the exchange of news, events and information among Prospect Heights community members interested in the development of this unique and historic neighborhood.

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council extends membership to all community stakeholders

Posted: September 23, 2016 - 3:52pm

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC), the leading civic organization providing advocacy for neighborhood-wide issues on behalf of the residents and businesses of Prospect Heights, has adopted a change to its By-Laws enabling any individual with an interest in the Prospect Heights community to join as a member. Prior to this change, PHNDC was structured as an umbrella organization whose members were block associations, civic groups, and merchant organizations in Prospect Heights.

“PHNDC was formed twelve years ago to help shape community development at a time of tremendous change. Prospect Heights is fortunate to have longstanding, active block associations that have been a source of continuity in the neighborhood, in some cases for generations,” said PHNDC Chair Gib Veconi. “But to their credit, our member organizations saw that the change in demographics that has already taken place, as well as the expected surge in new residents over the next ten years, required a neighborhood-wide civic organization to cast the widest net possible to allow all interested stakeholders to participate in guiding its advocacy.”

Help decide how to spend $1 million in your community with Participatory Budgeting

Posted: September 23, 2016 - 12:40pm

How would you spend $1 million in our neighborhood? You can help decide how to spend public funds on community improvements to parks, schools, libraries, streets, and more through Participatory Budgeting. Find out more and submit an idea online at the City Council's Participatory Budgeting website. Or join an upcoming neighborhood assembly to brainstorm ideas with your community, like this one that will take place on Monday, September 26 at PS 9 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM.

Over 600 Prospect Heights buildings added to National Register of Historic Places

Posted: March 2, 2016 - 12:30pm

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.”

Major win for students in Brooklyn’s District 13: NYC Schools Chancellor Fariña announces Atlantic Yards facility will house middle school

Posted: January 28, 2016 - 7:36pm

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.”

Tenant protections and affordable housing to be discussed at PS9 Community Housing Forum

Posted: January 21, 2016 - 5:50pm

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.

Fall is a busy season for Prospect Heights streets as bioswales and NSZ are rolled out

Posted: October 15, 2015 - 12:47pm

Starting this month, two projects that have been anticipated for quite some time are hitting the streets in Prospect Heights.

Signage and speed humps for Prospect Heights' Neighborhood Slow Zone (NSZ) are now being installed (like the signs pictured above at the corner of Park Place and Carlton Avenue). Prospect Heights was one of 15 communities chosen for a NSZ by the Department of Transportation in October 2013. PHNDC's application was among 74 received by DOT, and received the strong support of location elected officials and more than 1,300 residents. DOT's plan for the Prospect Heights NSZ was approved by Community Board 8 in June 2015.