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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.


phndc.org 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.


Drop off your organic and food waste for composting

Posted: April 27, 2015 - 11:01am

While Prospect Heights awaits curbside composting pickup through New York City's Organic Collections program, residents can drop off eligible food waste for composting at two locations in the neighborhood.

  • 7th Avenue B/Q station, Park Place and Carlton Avenue: 8:00AM to 10:00AM on Wednesdays, sponsored by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's NYC Compost Project.
  • Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket: 8:00AM to 3:30PM on Saturdays, sponsored by GrowNYC and its community partners.

Both locations accept food waste year round.For a map of all compost drop off locations, see the Department of Sanitation web site.

Through October 2015, residents can also drop off organics and food waste for composting at the Prospect Heights Community Farm, located on St. Marks Avenue between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues. For hours of operation and drop off rules, click here.

Volunteer to help bring computer science to Brooklyn high school students with TEALS

Posted: April 8, 2015 - 2:57pm

Are you a technologist with an interest in giving back to youth interested in careers in programming and computer science? TEALS is a program funded by Microsoft and the New York City Foundation for Computer Science that helps high schools teach computer science by providing a team of trained volunteers to partner with a classroom teacher and deliver computer science to their students. TEALS will be holding an information session at the Brooklyn Public Library on Sunday, April 26 from 2:30PM to 4:00PM.

Mayor's office issues moratorium on location filming in Prospect Heights

Posted: January 31, 2015 - 4:28pm

Due to the efforts of Community Board 8 relaying numerous community complaints regarding excessive filming in Prospect Heights, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting has agreed to impose a moratorium on filming in Prospect Heights for the next six months. The moratorium will be effective beginning February 1, 2015, but will not include projects that are already contracted. 

Local elected officials, housing advocates protest tenant harassment

Posted: December 13, 2014 - 6:05pm

On December 11, local elected officials and affordable housing advocates demonstrated in front of the cooperative apartment building at 230 Park Place in Prospect Heights. Assembly Member Walter Mosley, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and members of the Fifth Avenue Committee and the Pratt Area Community Council protested the harassment of tenant Carmen Pineiro by the co-op's board. 

Prospect Heights to get bioswales to control stormwater runoff

Posted: November 30, 2014 - 11:41am

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is undertaking a number of projects aimed at improving water quality in the Gowanus Canal. Several of these projects are intended to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into the canal. CSOs are prone to occur during heavy rains when stormwater overwhelms the capacity of the local sewer system.

Because Prospect Heights is part of the watershed for the Gowanus Canal, DEP plans to install a network of bioswales to absorb stormwater. Bioswales are tree pits with a curb cut to absorb runoff.

In memoriam: Gus Vlahavas

Posted: November 6, 2014 - 2:04pm

On Tuesday, November 4, Gus Vlahavas, known to generations of Prospect Heights community members as the proprietor of Tom's Restaurant on Washington Avenue, passed away at age 76.

Founded by the Vlahavas family in 1936, Tom's is one of the neighborhood's most established businesses and cherished institutions. Many loyal customers line up around the corner on Sunday mornings for brunch, and Gus often served them cookies and orange slices while they waited. Gus' kindness and generosity of spirit were as much of a part of his restaurant as its cherry lime rickeys and vintage decor. 

There will be a wake for Gus on Sunday, November 9 from 2-4 pm and from 7-9 pm at Cobble Hill Chapels on Court Street and Dean Street in Cobble Hill. Memorial services will be on Monday, November 10 at 9:30 am at St. Constantine and Helen Church, 64 Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn.

Remembrances of Gus can be added to a memorial Facebook page.