The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) brings Prospect Heights community members together to build a safer, more just and sustainable neighborhood. 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.

Update on Open Streets on Carlton Avenue and Underhill Avenue

Posted: September 23, 2020 - 10:55am

Based upon volunteer resource constraints, the following updates are announced for Open Streets on Carlton Avenue and Underhill Avenue:

  • The Carlton Avenue Open Street will be decommissioned after Friday, September 25.
  • The northern extent for the Underhill Avenue Open Street is now St. Mark's Avenue. PHNDC's Livable Streets Committee will review the level of volunteer resources again on October 5 to ensure the Open Street continues to maintained consistently and safely. Those interested in helping to maintain the Open Street on Underhill Avenue can volunteer here.

Residents, businesses discuss Open Streets in Prospect Heights at town hall meeting

Posted: August 26, 2020 - 10:31am

On Monday, August 24, PHNDC hosted a virtual town hall meeting with representatives from the New York City Department of Transportation to discuss Open Streets initiatives on Carlton Avenue, Underhill Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue.

Update on Open Streets on Carlton Avenue and Underhill Avenue

Posted: August 15, 2020 - 11:56am

This weekend’s realignment of Open Streets has raised concern among community members. PHNDC would like to offer some context:

Open Streets on Carlton Avenue and Underhill Avenue has been a boon in tough times. Although the program is authorized by DOT and uses barricades supplied by NYPD, the daily management of the barricades now relies solely on volunteer labor supplied by a small number of community members donating their free time. As barricades have deteriorated, no replacements have been provided.

Open Streets: Restaurants brings traffic-free dining to Vanderbilt Avenue

Posted: August 3, 2020 - 2:10pm

Vanderbilt Avenue will be closed to traffic, and open for dining and socially distant recreation as part of New York City’s Open Streets: Restaurants program.
The program will begin Friday, August 7, and is currently authorized through October 31. During this time, Vanderbilt Avenue will be closed to traffic from Pacific Street to Park Place, and parking not allowed, on the following days:

  • Fridays, 4PM – 11PM
  • Saturdays, 11AM – 11PM
  • Sundays, 11AM – 11PM

During these hours, the B69 bus will be rerouted along Washington Avenue.

Participating restaurants include:

Open Streets: Restaurants is a great opportunity to enjoy stretching out on Prospect Heights’ “main street” while supporting local businesses. We hope you enjoy outdoor dining and relaxation on Vanderbilt Avenue responsibly, observing safe social distancing practice.

You can help! If you are interested in volunteering as a community marshal during the program, we encourage you to sign up here .

If your business has not yet signed up to participate in Open Streets: Restaurants, but would like to, please complete this form.

You are welcome to send comments and questions to

Thanks very much for your support for local business and your commitment to the Prospect Heights community!

End systemic police violence now

Posted: June 6, 2020 - 9:53am

Our country’s legacy of racial oppression has left us with governments whose law enforcement officers all too often single out people of color for mistreatment, abuse and violence. A democratic society cannot accept this condition, which is deeply offensive to communities whose strength comes from their diversity. Many voices are now raised calling for fundamental change to end this longstanding injustice. We stand with them.

Gathering places of Prospect Heights— Flatbush Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Museum, and Grand Army Plaza—have become synonymous with the recent protests against police brutality following the murder of George Floyd. We welcome peaceful demonstrators of conscience in our community. They exercise their Constitutional right to freedom of speech, and they should receive the respect and compassion of our police. Instead, we have been sickened to see our streets become the scenes of attacks by officers of the NYPD against unarmed protesters that should never happen in the New York City of 2020.

As public outrage at police violence finds an outlet in continuing and justified demonstrations, the risk of a terrible tragedy unfolding on our neighborhood’s streets must be addressed at once. We call on Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Police Commissioner Shea, the New York State legislature and the New York City Council to take all action necessary to prevent further injury to those who assemble here and around the city seeking long overdue reforms. New York State’s police secrecy law, Section 50-a, which hides police misconduct and abuse records from the public and allows repeat offenders to stay on the job, must be repealed. We support New York State Attorney General James’ efforts to hold accountable officers who have engaged in misconduct during protests thus far. We urge persons with evidence of their actions to share it with the Attorney General’s office.

The NYPD’s budget has steadily increased during the de Blasio administration. As the City contemplates reduced revenues in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown, we urge the Mayor and the City Council to take this opportunity to lower the cost of policing in New York City by finding creative ways to reduce the role of police in city life while maintaining vital public services like education and community development.

We do not choose racism. We do not choose police violence. We certainly do not choose a pandemic that has cost lives and livelihoods in our community, and brought our country to its knees. But we also have no choice other than to overcome them all together through commitment to our values, trust and respect for each other, and accountability from those who represent and serve us.

Open Streets come to Prospect Heights

Posted: May 29, 2020 - 8:59am

The New York City Department of Transportation has approved PHNDC's request to include Carlton Avenue from Park Place to Bergen Street and Underhill Avenue from St. John's Place to Bergen Street in its Open Streets program during the COVID-19 emergency.

These blocks will operate as Open Streets from 8am through 8pm daily. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) will place barricades at the start of the day and remove them each evening.