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.

Arts to End Violence festival promotes peace through art

Posted: February 16, 2013 - 4:32pm

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. 

Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School now accepting applications

Posted: February 13, 2013 - 5:43pm

Brooklyn East Collegiate, an Uncommon middle school located at 80 Underhill Avenue and serving grades 5-8, is now accepting new student applications for students entering the 5th grade in the 2013-2014 school year. Applications are due Tuesday, April 2nd at 5:00 pm. Parents can visit the website at to apply or call 718-250-5760 for any questions.

Landmarks Commission releases guide for permit applications

Posted: January 11, 2013 - 9:21am

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has launched a new manual on its website to help property owners in City historic districts (such as the Prospect Heights Historic District) file complete applications that include the correct materials, enabling our staff to review work proposals more expeditiously and issue permits with fewer delays. The LPC Permit Application Guide lists the materials that must be submitted, describes the criteria a project must meet to qualify for a permit, and explains the preservation principles for those criteria. 

Underhill Avenue to get traffic signal adjustments

Posted: January 10, 2013 - 3:48pm

In response to community concerns following a string of car accidents on Underhill Avenue between Park and Prospect Places (the most recent one from December 2012 is pictured above), the New York City Department of Transportation has investigated ways to adjust the signal timing to promote slower speeds and plans to implement the following no later than March of this year:

PS9 announces challenge grant from Park Place/Underhill Avenue Block Association

Posted: December 15, 2012 - 11:59am

The PS 9 Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) today announced that the Park Place/Underhill Avenue Block Association has provided a grant of $4,000 toward PS 9’s 2012 Holiday Fundraising Challenge. The school’s fundraising effort this year has targeted residents of Prospect Heights outside of the PS 9 parent community with the slogan, “Invest in Prospect Heights.” The Block Association’s grant is a significant boost to the fundraising campaign which has raised more than $10,000 so far. 

Civic groups, elected officials and transportation advocates announce BK Gateway Transportation Vision

Posted: December 15, 2012 - 11:52am

A group of elected officials, civic groups and advocates have come together to highlight Downtown Brooklyn’s transportation challenges. Population and transit ridership have skyrocketed over the last twenty years in Brooklyn, but New York City Department of Transportation and City Plan have yet to develop a plan to accommodate increased demand on the borough’s transportation infrastructure.

The groups, including the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the Office of New York State Assemblymember and Congressman-elect Hakeem Jeffries, the Office of New York City Council Member Letitia James, Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, Park Slope Civic Council, and the Boerum Hill Association, released a report, the “BK Gateway Vision: Planning for Now and the Next Generation of Downtown Brooklyn,” that lays out potential solutions to the transportation-land use challenges in the BK Gateway area.  The area includes the downtown neighborhoods bounded by the East River, Nostrand Avenue, Empire Boulevard and 9th Street.