Park Slope

Thank you to Safe Slope organizers

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you - and congratulations - to the organizers of last week's Safe Slope rally and march.

It was a very moving and successful event.  At a moment when so many people in our community are feeling scared and vulnerable, the Safe Slope rally empowered our residents to stand up and speak out.

Its (relatively) easy to complain about crime - its much harder, and much more valuable, to organize an event to do something about it. Read more »

4 Council Members, Each With $1 Million, Will Let Public Decide How It’s Spent

New York Times
09/14/2011

Four City Council members, intrigued by experiments begun in Brazil to let ordinary citizens determine how government uses tax dollars, say they plan to allow their constituents to decide how $4 million is spent next year. Read more »

Safety in our community

Many of you have contacted me in recent days about a string of sexual assaults in our community. There has been a spike in these attacks, ranging from groping to rape, in South Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights, and Sunset Park over the last few months. Police believe that many of these attacks were perpetrated by the same suspect.  All of us have the right to walk the streets our neighborhoods without fear of attack. We must bring the men behind these vicious actions to justice.  Read more »

A Walk for Prospect Park

Our friends at the Prospect Park Alliance are holding a walk-a-thon on September 18th to raise money for Brooklyn's backyard.  Here are the details:

Join us for the Alliance's second annual walk-a-thon!  Read more »

Councilmember Brad Lander Hails Win for Community in Prospect Park West Bike Path Case

Date: 8/16/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Councilmember Brad Lander’s office, Alex Moore 718-499-1090 amoore [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov

COUNCILMEMBER BRAD LANDER HAILS WIN FOR COMMUNITY IN PROSPECT PARK WEST BIKE PATH CASE

Brooklyn, NY- Councilmember Brad Lander released the following statement in response to Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan’s ruling today, dismissing a lawsuit challenging the Prospect Park West bike path in the case of Seniors for Safety v. NYC Department of Transportation: Read more »

Dept. of Health to spray for mosquitoes in part of Brooklyn tonight

Map of spray area

**Update: The spraying has been moved to Thursday evening due to inclement weather.**

I have received word that the Department of Health will be spraying for mosquitoes tonight, starting at 8:15 P.M., in some areas around Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery (see the map at the right of this page and the DOH announcement linked to below for details). They are doing so to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus this summer. Read more »

A Night Volunteering at Old First Respite Shelter for Homeless Men

Park Slope Patch
08/01/2011

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
07/28/2011

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

NY1
07/19/2011

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 »