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.

Shop local this holiday season

7th Ave. Park Slope

I hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. In addition to a great meal with family, my daughter Rosa and I had the chance to deliver Thanksgiving meals to some homebound seniors, and to remember just how grateful we are for our many blessings.

One of the many things that I'm thankful for in our neighborhoods are our local, independent businesses. As the holiday shopping season begins, I hope you'll do as much of it as you can with small businesses here in Brooklyn. Read more »

Truck stop on Columbia Street pleases locals

A truck drives down Columbia Street
Brooklyn Paper
11/09/2010

Columbia Street residents are thrilled that the beverage trucks that once plied their quiet street have been re-routed onto the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, bringing to an end a familiar controversy in which locals wrestled with the growing port on the waterfront.

“Phoenix and the Teamsters were willing to adopt a solution that really costs them some money,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who was involved in negotiations with the beverage company. “It does add a meaningful amount of time to each of those [truck drivers’] shifts.”

Lander said that several permanent routes are being considered for the trucks once the reconstruction of Van Brunt Street is completed, including keeping the trucks on the BQE, having them travel within the port, or managing the times trucks are allowed to travel on Columbia Street. Read more »

It could be your bubbe or zayde: how we can make Fort Hamilton Parkway safer for everyone

Hamodia
11/05/2010

On December 31st, 2009, a 74-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a truck while she was crossing Fort Hamilton Parkway at 49th Street in Borough Park. In April of this year, a 55-year-old was killed crossing Fort Hamilton just a few blocks away.  Several other pedestrians have been struck by cars nearby. Back in 2008, when a car collision at Fort Hamilton and 44th Street killed two people, a local resident called it the “corner of death.”  

So when the NYC Department of Transportation came out to Community Board 12 back in June to tell us about their plans to install a few pedestrian islands at key intersections along Fort Hamilton Parkway – as part of their “safe routes for seniors” program – I thought it made sense to try to save the next senior citizen from getting killed. Borough Park has a high concentration of seniors, and we’ve seen too many of them hit by cars in recent years.

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Public Hearing on Park Slope Historic District Expansion

I'm pleased and proud to announce that the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion of the Park Slope Landmarks Historic District on Tuesday, October 26th at 12:30 p.m. on the 9th floor of the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street in Manhattan. Additionally, CB 6 will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion on Thursday, October 14th at 6 p.m at Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street. I encourage you to attend both of these events.

The decision to hold this hearing was in response to many months of organizing by community residents, led by the Park Slope Civic Council. As chairman of the City Council's Landmarks Subcommittee (which will eventually hear and vote on the proposed expansion), I congratulate everyone involved on this important step. Read more »

Marty: How about ‘Adopt-a-Pool’?

Brooklyn Paper
06/20/2010

The Parks Department has said that it needs to close the Double-D pool as part of a $2.6-million cut in the agency’s $23.2-million “recreation services” budget. Lander suggested that the wealthiest New Yorkers — he specified “hedge fund managers” — need to pay more in taxes. “We need to ask for just a little more for those most able to pay,” he said, adding that the city opened 11 public pools during the Great Depression. Read more »

Stalled Development in the 39th Council District

We need to make these sites into assets for the community!

Many of these developments are causing real hazards for their neighbors, with fences falling down on sidewalks, loose construction debris that can become deadly in high winds, and unsecured sites that are dangerous for children and an invitation to squatting.

Help the effort to convert local blight to community benefit by providing feedback and tracking the progress of each site. Read more »

Video: Anger of Brooklyn's Abandoned Lots

WPIX Channel 11
06/03/2010

Channel 11 investigates stalled developments in Brooklyn, and talks to Brad about the problems and opportunities they present. Read more »

Report: Brooklyn Leads in Derelict Construction Sites

The Brooklyn Paper
06/01/2010

Brooklyn is pockmarked by a disproportionate number of abandoned development sites compared with the rest of the city, according to a report released last week by Eastern Consolidated, an investment services firm in Manhattan. Fallow sites might do little for the local economy, but they can also pose serious health hazards, according to Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who created an interactive Web site, www.stalleddevelopment.com, to track the zombies lurking in his district. Read more »

Lander Creates Interactive Website to Track Stalled Development Sites

Councilmember Brad Lander released an interactive map of vacant, stalled or abandoned development sites in his City Council district (Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington).  The map is available online at www.stalleddevelopment.com where community members are encouraged to help track the status of the sites.  “We need to make these sites into assets for the community,” said Brad.  “These developments cause real hazards for their neighbors—fences falling down on sidewalks, loose construction debris that can become deadly in high winds, and unsecured sites that are dangerous for children and an invitation to squatting.  We need to get a better handle on these sites, and to take action to convert local blight into community benefit.”  Lander outlined a three-point action plan to address the issue, and encouraged residents to use the map to track and take action on specific sites.