Livable Neighborhoods

Keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe, clean and engaged takes participation from all of us. Working together with area schools, local police precincts, civic and neighborhood groups, and local merchants and businesses we can ensure that all the neighborhoods of the 39th district remain friendly, safe and great places to live.

Help clean-up Dome Playground on Sunday, August 7th

Last year, Borough President Marty Markowitz and I were able to allocate $900,000 in city funds to renovate Dome Playground. When I brought together residents from Kensington and Borough Park in March to discuss their visions for how that money could be used, I was thrilled with the result. Over fifty people came to the meeting and sent a clear message to me and the Parks Department: this is our park and we want to make it better. Read more »

A Night Volunteering at Old First Respite Shelter for Homeless Men

Park Slope Patch

The night I got back from my recent trip to Europe I ran into Charlotte, a good friend of mine, on Seventh Avenue and she told me that we were going to be having a sleepover date.

Well, not exactly a sleepover date. Charlotte, who is a member of Congregation Beth Elohim, had volunteered us to be Overnight Shelter Hosts at the new homeless respite shelter at Old First.

"You volunteered me to do what?" I said loud and clear standing on the corner of Third Street in front of Cheeburger Cheeburger.

"It'll be fun. We'll stay up all night and talk," she said. Read more »

Fresher food coming to NYC

I hope you are hungry, because today is a good day for New Yorkers who care about their food. We’ve learned a lot recently about the importance of improving our food system, supporting regional farms and businesses, and making sure that everyone has access to fresh, healthy food. I wanted to share some recent developments that bring us closer to that goal. Read more »

A New Respite for Homeless at Old First

Park Slope Patch

In 2007, several homeless men garnered quite a bit of neighborhood attention when they began sleeping on the steps of Old First Reformed Church, playing music loudly and leaving garbage in their wake.

The men, who refused assistance in finding housing, were a great frustration to the residents of the Seventh Avenue near Carroll Street, but they also inspired the church to begin working on issues of homelessness when Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter, became frustrated in the lack of permanent solutions available to help the city’s homeless population. Read more »

Video: Brooklyn Neighborhoods To Have Reduced Alternate Side Parking


After keeping their streets clean, some Brooklyn residents will have an easier time parking. 

Local leaders and city lawmakers gathered on Tuesday to mark reductions in regular street cleaning in areas served by Community Board 7. 

The number of days of street cleanings are cut in half. This is all due to a recently-passed bill that allows for the revisions when a community achieves a certain level of cleanliness and agrees to the changes. Read more »

Youth-run greenmarket opens in Kensington/Windsor Terrace this Saturday

Looking for locally−grown, fresh fruits and vegetables? You’re in luck! Tomorrow is opening day for a new Youthmarket farm stand in Kensington/Windsor Terrace.

Youthmarket, a program of GrowNYC, is a network of youth-run farm stands where local teens sell fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables grown by area farmers. In response to a request from neighborhood residents, I am pleased to partner with GrowNYC to bring Youthmarket to our community this summer: Read more »

They heard you! Safer routes to Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park coming soon

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6

This spring, more than 500 of you signed our petition calling on the NYC Department of Transportation to create safer routes for pedestrians walking to Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I’m pleased to report that DOT has put forward a plan to make safety improvements this summer. You can view DOT’s plan, which includes a number of steps to make the walk along Atlantic Avenue and/or Columbia Street safer.

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Shop Local Brooklyn 39

Shop Local bannerWe encourage members of our community to patronize independent, locally owned, neighborhood shops, restaurants, cafes and stores.  Local businesses provide goods and services with a personalized touch, keep jobs and money flowing in our community, contribute to support local causes, and help keep our neighborhoods vibrant and livable.  

Please take a minute to check out our "Shop Local" resources: Read more »

Quite a night!

The wheels of government were busy turning last night, in Albany and at City Hall:

Marriage equality: a historic step forward
I’m deeply proud to be a New Yorker today.  Marriage equality means that so many of our friends will know that their state doesn’t view their love as inferior, that many of our kids’ friends will know that we don’t think there’s something inadequate about their LGBT parents, and that LGBT kids won’t grow up thinking there’s something to be ashamed of.
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The Kensington/Windsor Terrace Team Battle Chef Program is Under Way

As I announced earlier this year, I am very proud to be sponsoring a new program for teens in the Kensington/Windsor Terrace area. Read more »