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.

Open streets return to Prospect Heights April 2

Posted: March 24, 2021 - 12:06pm

After a successful first year, the Vanderbilt Avenue open street is back! On weekends beginning Friday, April 2, join your friends and neighbors for outdoor dining, relaxation and socially-distant fun on Prospect Heights’ Vanderbilt Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Park Place). Vanderbilt Avenue will be opened for pedestrian and cyclist use only Fridays 5PM to 10PM; and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 12PM to 10PM. The street will close to traffic one hour before for setup and remain closed one hour after for breakdown.

COVID-19 resources for Prospect Heights residents and businesses

Posted: April 2, 2020 - 3:19pm

All of our community members are coping in some way with the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 emergency. Below are resources to help you understand the nature of the outbreak, where to go for medical help, what services are available to help you and your family, and where you can volunteer to help or donate to organizations providing relief.

This list will be updated periodically as new information becomes available. You can also follow PHNDC's Facebook page for updates.

General health information and emergency policy

New York State mass vaccination eligibility and scheduling

New York City Vaccine Finder 

New York City COVID-19 portal

New York City Department of Health  COVID-19 page, with latest governmental guidance

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths  in New York City

CDC guide to prevention, symptoms and a self-checker

What to do if you or a family member has been exposed or is sick

Where to go for testing

How NYC's contact tracing system works

NYC guidance for funerals and burials

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a new health condition associated with COVID-19 that is appearing in children in New York City (NYC) and elsewhere. The syndrome was previously called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome or PMIS. Find out more.

Information for tenants impacted by the COVID-19 emergency

Seniors and vulnerable individuals

If you are elderly, sick, or vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, you may order groceries for delivery from Foodtown, 632 Vanderbilt Avenue: Persons not able to shop in person and who live in the Prospect Heights neighborhood may order groceries for delivery by email to, or call (718) 783-1887. When your order is ready, Foodtown will call you to take payment by phone. 

Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center has prepared a comprehensive list of food resources for the Prospect Heights community.

To sign up for Medicare or to change your plan, visit To learn more about your rights under Medicare and understand plan options, visit Medicare Interactive.

The Department for the Aging (DFTA) works with case-management agencies to provide in-home care for people age 60 and older who cannot leave home and have financial need.

ThriveNYC offers mental health services you can access from home.

Workers who have lost income or benefits due to COVID-19

 NEW If you have experienced financial hardship or face significant health risk because of COVID-19, you cannot be evicted at least until May 1, 2021. In order to receive protection, you must notify your landlord, the local eviction court, or both. You can use this form created by New York Communities for Change to automatically send notice to your landlord and the court that you are eligible for protections.

The New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) has announced that the COVID Rent Relief Program has reopened. The program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. Applications will be accepted throughout the application period. DHCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need." For more information and to apply, click here.

Apply for New York State unemployment benefits

Register for help finding a job through the City’s Workforce 1 program.

Find out how the CARES Act affects your unemployment benefits

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has launched the NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline to help New York City residents impacted by COVID-19 to get answers to their legal questions.

If you have had to miss work because you were sick due to COVID-19 and work more than 80 hours in a calendar year, you can claim paid sick leave and contact the City’s Department of Health Call Center at 855-491-2667 to get the necessary medical documentation. Contact the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection if you face retaliation or face other adverse action such as threats or discipline for using your sick leave.

Many banks are offering various options for customers with mortgages, loans and consumer debt concerned about payments. See this list of financial institutions to find what your bank may offer. (A similar list for credit unions is here.)

Eligible New Yorkers can get free tax preparation help from the City of New York. Find out more.

People in need of health care assistance

Any New Yorker with questions about COVID-19 can call a clinician from 9 AM to 9 PM free of charge. Call 844-NYC-4NYC.

Enroll for health coverage through New York State of Health marketplace

NYC Care provides low-cost or free healthcare for all New Yorkers regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. Call the 24-hour NYC Care service at 646-NYC-CARE (646-692-3373) to enroll and make an appointment.

Individuals and families in need of food

The City of New York's GetFoodNYC portal has links to all of the City's emergency food programs.

Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center has prepared a comprehensive list of food resources for the Prospect Heights community.

Remote Learning Students may pick up a free breakfast and lunch at select locations. The parents/guardians of those students may also pick up the take-out meals. Take-out meals for students and other NYC children will be available on school days from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. No registration, ID, or documentation required. In Prospect Heights, I.S. 340 at 227 Sterling Place and P.S. 9 at 80 Underhill Avenue are providing meals. Find other locations here.

You can use your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to shop online for fresh produce and groceries. Amazon, ShopRite and Walmart now accept SNAP benefits for online orders and will deliver to you. (Note that SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay delivery fees. Be sure to confirm an online store delivers to your home address.)

Find a food pantry with FoodHelp NYC.

People who cannot leave home and can’t afford to have food delivered can sign up to have food delivered free by the City of New York.

Health care professionals and other critical workers

Healthcare providers, transit employees, first responders (NYPD, FDNY, EMS), critical City workforce, and those working at direct food-support non-profit organizations can obtain a free one-year Citi Bike membership by signing up through their employers. You must register by May 31. If your employer does not yet offer this benefit, they should email to obtain enrollment information to distribute to staff. There is no cost for employers to enroll.

COVID-19 information for health care professionals

To volunteer with the City, register for ServNY, then register with the NYC Medical Reserve Corps.

The City is seeking businesses that can provide critical medical supplies.

Business owners

A guide to the City's pandemic-related assistance for business owners is available here.

The Small Business Legal Relief Alliance is a group of legal service organizations and law firms providing free consultations with pro bono lawyers assisting NYC small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses, non-profits, cooperatives and self-employed people are eligible for assistance. For more information, contact Dale Charles at IMPACCT Brooklyn.

Find out if your business is an essential business exempt from workforce reduction executive orders.

Find out about COVID-19 related grants from the Small Business Administration.

Register to sell supplies to the City of New York.


How to volunteer or donate

New York Cares is coordinating volunteers with the City of New York.

Brooklyn Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 fund for donations to vulnerable communities in Brooklyn, especially older adults, people with compromised immune systems, low-wage workers, and people who are unhoused. Find out more and donate.

The Food Bank for NYC is accepting donations to provide emergency food to vulnerable New Yorkers.

Update on Open Streets on Carlton Avenue and Underhill Avenue

Posted: September 23, 2020 - 11:55am

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 - 11:31am

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 - 12:56pm

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 - 3:10pm

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!